Keeley Electronics has a new distortion pedal

The El Rey Dorado Distortion is built for lovers of vintage Marshall tone.

Keeley Electronics El Rey Dorado Distortion

Keeley Electronics has just unveiled the El Rey Dorado Distortion, a stompbox that delivers ’60s Marshall Plexi tones. It’s inspired by a very special amp, too: Robert Keeley’s very own Marshall JTM45/100 stack.

The El Rey Dorado features two gain modes, simply called Lo and Hi. The former delivers a louder, fatter, “old-school” crunch, while the latter is better suited for leads, with more compression and harmonics. The rest of the controls are fairly standard: “Drive,” “Tone,” and “Level.”

While other amps did influence the pedal’s tone, Keeley’s own Marshall deserves a special shout-out. According to the man himself, “It’s a dead-on reissue Marshall did with crazy cool custom-made vintage re-creation speakers and dual transformers to transfer the load of the four EL-84s!”

The El Rey Dorado Distortion lists for $149, and will begin shipping in May. For more information, check out


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