Keeley Pedals have just released the Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe, which uses a graphic based upon the Strat that Jimi Hendrix played at the Monterey Festival.
It’s not hard to work out what this pedal is aiming to do: With a Hendrix-referenced name and graphic, this rotary fuzz vibe is obviously aimed squarely at the fans of the late guitarist. The unit looks good and is laid out in two halves, with fuzz controls on one side modulation settings on tje other. It has a mini toggle switch for choosing between Vibe, Leslie and Wah effect.
The six controls on the front panel are labelled Level, Level (yes, two levels), Octave, Fuzz, Depth and Rate. You can also use an external foot pedal to control the wah. All pedals are true bypass and of course they are all hand-made in the USA by the guys at Keeley. There are 12 different graphics available for the pedal and it looks like they select them at random, so if you order a pedal you won’t know exactly what it looks like until it arrives.
The demos I have heard sound suitably Hendrix-like and so it could be popular with a lot of the players that have been inspired by the great man. The pPrice isn’t too bad, being a lot cheaper than the FoxRox Electronics Captain Coconut and Captain Coconut 2 boutique pedals that have done a similar thing in the past and now exchange hands for ridiculous prices.
The first batch of 125 pedals have already sold out and Keeley are taking pre-orders for the next batch. Robert Keeley must be very pleased with himself. As with anything else designed to link to Hendrix’s sound and playing style, some will love it and others will hate it. I’m a big fan, so I will try one out when they become more readily available. All you need now is some LSD, a pair of flares and a flaming Stratocaster!
RRP USD $299.00 + tax and shipping