Keeley Electronics has unveiled the latest entry into its Artist Series, the Celisse Artist Monterey, in collaboration with Celisse Henderson. The range is a special set of limited-edition versions of Keeley pedals that come with custom artwork. Proceeds from the sales also go towards helping artists during the current pandemic.
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This version of the Monterey comes with some lush psychedelic artwork, courtesy of Lia Sued C. The Jimi Hendrix vibes on the outside of the pedal suit its internals – the pedal itself consists of both a rotary speaker simulation and a silicone-based, vintage-voiced fuzz, each engaged with its own footswitch.
Thanks to a toggle switch in the middle, the pedal can also work in ‘vibe’ or ‘wah’ modes. When coupled with the fuzz side of things and an expression pedal, it offers a huge palette of 60s psychedelic rock tones, from subtle rotary wobble to intense, wah-soaked fuzz lead tones.
For some even more out-there sounds, internal dipswitches allow you to reverse the order of the fuzz and modulation sections. The fuzz is normally placed before the modulation, however, feeding a modulated guitar tone into fuzz leads to some interesting, ring-modulation-like textures.
The Celisse Artist edition is limited to 50 pieces, each listing for $299. Find out more at robertkeeley.com.
Henderson was featured in the latest edition of Guitar Magazine, where we asked an expert panel the question How To Be A Modern Guitarist. She spoke on issues of diversity in the guitar industry, and how brands wanting to appear more diverse isn’t the be-all and end-all of affecting change. “A lot of brands are slowly but surely starting to pivot their overall messaging, she said, “but there’s a difference between a few social media posts and creating an environment on every level that is, in fact, diverse.”