Keeley have announced a new pedal called D&M Drive. The initials refer to Daniel Steinhardt and Mick Taylor, stars of YouTube’s That Pedal Show. This twin-sided pedal combines a boost and a drive circuit, a nod to each of these well-known pedal aficionados, and looks like a lot of fun.
Split into two halves, the D&M Drive features a Boost (Mick’s side) and a Drive section (Dan’s contribution). The combination of these two effects could offer some great overdrive tones in one pedal. Interestingly, you can also stack the two effects in either order by selecting which one goes first via a mini-toggle switch on the front of the pedal.
Keeley says the drive tone is based upon using ‘Saturated Multistage Gain’, with a mid-tone boost allegedly similar to its Katana pedal in terms of headroom and tone.
If you own a G2 Gig-Rig System, then you can also engage each effect separately within the pedal, via an insert cable. Not a big surprise, given that Dan is Mr Gig Rig, so you would expect this feature on his signature pedal.
This looks like a decent drive pedal, especially given the flexibility of setting the effect order and the added control via the Gig Rig system. This could have wide appeal, as That Pedal Show on YouTube is always a good watch and both Dan and Mick know a thing or two about guitar tones, especially if you like Blues and Rock guitar.
It’s a little bit ‘middle of the road’ for my own tastes, but it will probably cover a lot of bases. Take a look at the demo video below and let us know in the comments section what you think.
RRP – USD 229 out May 4th
Keeley D&M Drive pedal product page