Keeley DDR Drive Delay Reverb & Fuzz Bender pedals review

A host of effects staples join the American pedal brand's range

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Guitar World Verdict

The Keeley Fuzz Bender will likely end most guitarists’ search for the perfect fuzz pedal, while the DDR is for players looking for great overdrive, delay and reverb effects but who don’t want to deal with a pedalboard.


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    Ability to select true bypass or delay/reverb trails that continue after the DDR is disengaged.

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    Ability to insert separate effect pedals between the overdrive and delay/reverb effects.

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    Fuzz Bender:

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    Large knobs for the level and fuzz controls that the user can adjust with their feet.

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    Active bass and treble EQ controls.


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    DDR: Delay and reverb fiends may want more versatility than the pedal provides.

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Is there such a thing as a pedal that is too good? Considering the fickle nature of most guitarists who are on a never-ending search for the perfect tones (not to mention how much one player’s preferences vary from another’s), this probably isn’t an actual concern for pedal designers hoping to maintain guitarists’ endless appetites for new products, and to keep them coming back for more. 

Yet every now and then, a few pedals come out that address players’ needs so well I wonder if the designers worry that they may be shooting themselves in the foot, by making what could be the last effect device of that nature that guitarists would realize they need.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.