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Keeley KE-DARKS Dark Side -Modern Fuzz pedal with Rotary, Vibrato & Delay

Keeley Keeley KE-DARKS Dark Side -Modern Fuzz pedal with Rotary, Vibrato & Delay

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£315.00 (FREE UK Delivery)
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You can behold the universe in a glass of wine.

We should all be so lucky as to be identified by the sound of a single note.  Some players are so well defined that their entire musical journey can be heard in a single note they play.  Tone is in the fingers.  Tone is in the mind.  Effects can be a great way of expressing emotions or creating textures.  The Dark Side is about creating sounds and adding new tones to your symphony.  It’s the things you can’t create with your fingers or mind.  It’s metasymphonic.  The Dark Side provides all the textures that define an essence, in one pedal.

Atom

The individual pieces that make up the Dark Side workstation are Fuzz, Delay and Modulation.  The Fuzz side of the Dark Side is a big fuzz style distortion based on a 1977 op-amp style.  We used something similar in our Psi Fuzz.  This one is completely and radically different.  We made what seemed like endless changes to extract the nuances of earlier transistor based fuzzes.   We gained it way to down to fit the time period and the style.  This is a more transparent Big Fuzz.  This one lets your guitar sing with sustain, yet retains the essence of you guitar whether single coil or humbucker based.

The next core element in the Dark Side pedal is the Delay and Modulation side.  You can select between a multi-head tape delay effect or between a combination of 4 different modulation sounds.  The Dark Side delay has 12 different syncopated delays.  They are rhythmic and have the tonal quality of the old spinning drum tape delays.  The Dark Side has many subtle filters to get the tape delay setting to have the feel and warmth of the original machines, yet gives you range of control to have modern features like expression pedal control for the number of repeats.  You can use it for creating a feedback oscillation delay.  Extremely subtle modulations in the delay make it very musical.

The next atom in this workstation is the modulation effect.  There are four parts to this effect.  Flanger, Rotary Speaker Cabinet, U-Vibe, and Phaser.  You can blend between the “Electric Lady” Flanger and a Les-Rotary cabinet, creating new sounds.  You can find that perfect blend between a vintage sounding opto-coupler based U-Vibe and the little orange phaser.

There is also an Expression Pedal port on the pedal.  It is highly recommended to have an expression pedal handy.  You can make many adjustments on the fly that just increase the fun and functionality of the pedal while you’re creating music.  It has to be a TRS style expression pedal.  We suggest something like the M-Audio or Moog expression pedals.

Heart

At the heart of the Dark Side is a hand built board that contains analog fuzz and a high quality 24-bit DSP engine. We studied and analyzed decades worth of gear and crafted our own sounds that give you not only the original tones, but an endless range of in-between sounds you can’t get elsewhere.  Even if you have other Keeley effects or workstations, you don’t have these exact sounds.  The Rotary is slightly different than the Monterey, it’s more chorus like.  The Flanger is different than the hidden one on the Bubble Tron. The U-Vibe on this pedal is also deeper and throbs with more intensity.  If you were lucky enough to get one of the Jimi Hazel Phase Delays or put the Bubble Tron into the hidden bank 2 mode; well then you have heard our 4 stage phaser.  It’s dead on and a blast to play.  Like the Monterey, this unit is completely hand built.  Including the high-end DSP, everything is hand assembled and soldered by our technicians with decades of experience.  Attention to detail and tone at every point.

Mother

What you get is a Mother Lode of effects and sounds.  Necessity is the Mother of Invention.  Someone needed to put all these epic sounds in one box.  So we did.  There’s no need to wish you were here, get out your Strat and we’ll see you on the Dark Side.

  • Expression Output
  • 9V Power supply
  • Flanger - Metallic flanger for sheering, cutting modulation.  
  • Rotary - For tremolo-esque sounds. Sounds great on a clean or mild overdrive.
  • U-vibe - Swirly, washy, 70s sounds. .
  • Phaser - Big and washy without being too brash.

Delivery

We offer FREE DELIVERY on ALL orders within the UK (excludes Highlands & Islands for courier items).

We aim to dispatch all orders placed by 2pm and in stock on the same working day.  If something is out of stock with us then we will order it from our suppliers.  If an item is also out of stock at a supplier, we will contact you with an estimated delivery date.

Standard free delivery orders are usually sent by Royal Mail unless oversize in which case they are sent by courier, and usually arrive within 3 working days.  Express delivery orders are sent on a next working day service.  For clarity, this means an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.  

Delivery to the Highlands & Islands or overseas will usually take longer. 

Returns

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  We recognise there will be occasions when you wish to return an item.  We offer a no-quibble 14-day returns period.  If you wish to return an item, please contact us via e-mail with your order number and your reason for return.  We will reply within 48 hours providing full return instructions. 

All items returned under our no-quibble returns policy must be in an as-new, resaleable condition including all accessories and retail packaging.  Items where the packaging will be damaged through opening it are not eligible for no-quibble returns.  Hygiene items such as Talk Boxes, Harmonicas, Wind Instruments etc are also ineligible for returns under this policy if there is evidence they have been opened and/or used. Please pack returned items appropriately to ensure no damage in transit.  We reserve the right to refuse refunds for items that are returned in a state which renders them unfit for resale as new. 


Items that are found to be faulty on arrival or within 14 days of receipt will be replaced.  After this period we will honour the manufacturer's warranty period for repairs and items will be repaired or replaced as deemed appropriate. 

Transit Damage & Mispicks

We make every effort to ensure your order arrives complete, correct and in the condition you would expect. In the event that the package shows signs of damage, please mark this when signing for it. In this instance or if your order is incorrect for any reason, please contact us within 24 hours of delivery so that we can rectify the situation. 

CITES

CITES regulations concerning the export of items containing certain woods affect any guitar sold ouside of the European Union and which contains any quantity of either Rosewood or Bubinga.  In these cases, an additional charge of £80.00 will be levied per species after the sale to pay for the required re-export certificate.  There will be a delay in dispatching any guitar containing either Bubinga or Rosewood of up to 4 weeks while we obtain the necessary certification for export. As the charge is per species, where a guitar contains both Bubinga AND Rosewood, the charge is doubled to £160.00.  We will contact you following your purchase of any guitar containing a controlled wood and advise of the charge once you have placed the order.  You can make payment for the charge by sending a Paypal payment to us at: sales@fxpedal.co.uk. 

Note that CITES only applies to guitars containing Rosewood or Bubinga that are being exported outside the European Union.  Guitars being delivered with the United Kingdom or in the European Union will be dispatched as normal. 

You can find out more information about CITES here: https://reverb.com/uk/news/new-cites-regulations-for-all-rosewood-species