Keeley Red Dirt Overdrive Pedal

Overdrive Guitar Pedal with Drive, Tone, and Level Controls; and Status Indicator LED
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Classic Drive, Plus Amazing Sonic Versatility

The Keeley Electronics Red Dirt Overdrive guitar pedal delivers classic drive, plus amazing sonic versatility that makes it at home in any musical setting. Noted pedal-design guru Robert Keeley essentially combined the awesome sounds produced by his original Mod Plus and Baked modified pedals, then added refinements found exclusively in his custom pedal line. The result is so dynamic and organic, that many of us guitarists here at Sweetwater thought we'd died and gone to pedal heaven. Put the perfect overdrive in your pedal chain: the Keeley Red Dirt Overdrive.

Keeley quality: great sound and dependability

The Keeley Electronics Keeley Red Dirt Overdrive is made in the USA and packed with ultra-high-grade components. Robert Keeley wouldn't have it any other way. With its weapons-grade build quality, you can also rest assured that your Red Dirt Overdrive will stand up to road abuse and give you many years of great sound and trouble-free operation.

Keeley Electronics Red Dirt Overdrive Guitar Pedal Features at a Glance:

  • Extremely dynamic, touch-sensitive gain at both mild and heavier sustain settings

  • Tone control delivers an extended range of useable voicing
  • A perfect match for virtually any guitar and amp combination
  • Volume control can balance the signal or push your amp into deeper sustain and overdrive
  • Hand-built in the USA using the finest components and construction techniques
  • Beautifully housed and powder coated in a rugged enclosure
  • True bypass switching for pure tone and no signal loss
  • Low current, less than 10mA; 9V DC
Get classic overdrive and amazing tonal versatility from Keeley Electronics' Red Dirt Overdrive!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
True Bypass Yes
Power Source 9V DC power supply (sold separately)
Batteries 1 x 9V
Manufacturer Part Number KRED

Customer Reviews

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Amazing Overdrive

Red dirt is an amazing overdrive , I prefer use on clean chanel of Mesa Mark Five withou use the EQ. Of the Mesa . The result is a velvet sound cool for licks and riffs . On chanel 3 of Mesa I prefer the TS 9Regards

Surprised Me.

I have about 50 Dirt pedals. My current favorites are Klon KTR and Cusack Screamer Fuzz V1. Close favorites include an early 80's TS9 and an original TS808. So there is my base line. I have Keeley Modded pedals and their Analogman counter parts. The modded pedals always sound better. To me better is a smoother and wider OD range less of the harsh rattiness. The difference in Analogman and Keeley mods is the Keeleys always sound way more compressed and have more gain. On a Boss SD 1 for example the Analogman Mod sounds better to me and on a Boss Blues Driver the Keeley sounds better. Ok about the Red Dirt I picked this up and thought I would check it out and add it to the collection. That was 2 months ago and it's still on the board. It has a nice thickness that is not too compressed. The range of drive to clean is huge and it is super sensitive to touch from sutble to digging in. Not all pedals work with my Maz 38 and this pedal is on of the best ever. I can blind test this pedal and know which pedal is engaged it has a uniqueness to it. If you are looking for a nice alternative to the Ibanez sound, this may be your pedal.

Hundreds of OD's and none come close

Forget the mods and the endless search for a OD that actually drives your natural tone and just buy it. In 40 years of playing I finally think I have found the ultimate OD! Truly could not be happier.

Satisfying and Versatile

I am embarrassed to say how much money and time I've spent trying out various OD pedals ... but finally, this Keeley Red Dirt comes along ... sure, it covers that expected classic tube OD sound but the bonus value of this pedal is its versatility ... it can go from light OD all the way to distortion while retaining smoothness and articulation ... the Lo/Hi switch is also a nice feature which adds even more possibilities for tone and OD character ... finally I have found a single OD pedal that can cover all the territory I need for my style of playing ... although I will certainly keep some other dirt pedals on the board, in reality, I could easily get everything I need and more from the Red Dirt ... this is the most satisfying effects pedal I have purchased in a long, long time ... sounds great through my Fender DRRI with single coils or humbuckers ... worth the price considering how much this pedal delivers ... recommended ...
Music background: Semi-Pro Musician

Love the Red Dirt!

I have a a closet full of effects, many of them overdrives and distortion pedals. They all do certain things really well but this is as close to an all in one gain pedal that I've tried. I can get a light, slightly overdriven breakup all the way to a heavy gain. It's impossible to get a bad sound out of this pedal! As loud and overdriven as it gets, it never gets noisy either.
Music background: Pro Musician
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