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Keeley Bootlegger Custom Shop Overdrive Reviews

4.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • mark
    from cleveland, oh May 29, 2014Music Background:
    hobbyist

    Bootlegger pedal

    A great pedal that provides a healthy boost that is needed for solos. It does not color my sound which is a plus. The pedal is well constructed.

  • jammergreg
    from Colorado January 9, 2014Music Background:
    50 years of guitar hacking.

    Keeley Bootlegger is now legal in Colorado.

    I originally had the Keeley Red Dirt and it was very nice but a bit bright.
    The Red Dirt had Silicon transistors...So I saw that Sweetwater had the Bootlegger (very close to the Red Dirt) with it's Germanium transistors and I new it would be warmer. I was right.
    I use it two ways; 1) as a boost into another OD and 2) a nice OD by itself.
    Good job Sweetwater. It's staying on my board.
    Best Keeley OD, IMHO.

  • Roger W.
    from Los Angeles November 29, 2013Music Background:
    35+ years playing guitar

    If you thought the Red Dirt was great...........

    I also have the Keeley Red Dirt, and it soon became my favorite Tube screamer type pedal. When I saw the Bootlegger I knew I had to have it. I was expecting a Red Dirt "Deluxe", but what I got was waaaaay better. The best I can describe the sound is that it sounds like a combination of my MXR re-issue Distortion+(w/germanium diodes) and the Red Dirt. You get the TS style mid hump with the smooth highs only a Germanium diode/tranny pedal can do.

  • Mike
    from Montana, USA June 6, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist, Recording Musician, Performer, Gear Horder

    Skip if you already have a Keeley mod TS

    This pedal is basically Keeley's in-house version of the mods that they've been putting into Tube Screamers (mod plus and baked mod). I compared this with a Keeley TS-9DX Flexi 4x2 modified TS that's been on my board for a few years. I'm keeping the Flexi and I'm returning the Bootlegger.

    The Bootlegger has good tone that is comparable to the Keeley Flexi, and the germanium transistors do slightly warm up the tone (the primary reason that I ordered it). However, in comparison, I felt that the Bootlegger boosted mids more than necessary, dropped more bass out of the signal than I like, and did not have the clarity that I prefer (note - I used both a Tele and a Music Man Petrucci into both a Mesa Mark V and a Dr Z Maz 18 NR; same opinion towards the pedals on each variation).

    In short - it's a very good pedal if one is looking for a modded Tube Screamer clone at an okay price point. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Keeley fan. But, if you already have a modded TS, it's probably not worth the addition to your pedal board. If you don't already have a modded Tube Screamer, I'd definitely consider this or the Red Dirt.

  • Gary
    from Lebanon, pa. April 24, 2014Music Background:
    Pro mususican, audio engineer.

    OCD is better

    This pedal might be ideal for "leads" but the overall quality for chord/rhythm is not very appealing. This pedal has way to much "mids" and I found that I loose some of my bottom end.
    I much rather prefer my Fulton OCD in comparison to this pedal!

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