Robert Keeley is one of those names you get to know when you start dwelling in the world of more refined boutique pedals. This man is responsible for some of the best and most refined effects we have today. For the most part, he was focused on only a few types of effects but has lately broadened his range.
One of the new additions to his lineup is the Keeley DynaTrem Tremolo. Keeley took one of the simplest effects you can find and put his own spin on it. The results? One of the best tremolos you can buy at the moment .
The pedal comes in a unique looking enclosure that might share the form factor with the rest of its kindred, but that’s about it. When you look at the Keeley DynaTrem Tremolo for the first time, you might have to do a double take as it really looks like a portable vintage radio.
Build quality is solid, as you would expect it to be on anything that has Keeley’s name on it. Once you pop the cover, the circuitry gives a hint that this is anything but an ordinary tremolo effect. After all, it wouldn’t be Keeley’s style to make a carbon copy of an older design.
One glance at the control knobs reveals what is really going on with this tremolo pedal. You have your standard Depth and Speed knobs which determine the frequency of the tremolo effect, and the depth of the dips respectively. Then there is the level knob, which allows you to regulate the blend of the effect with your signal.
The last knob is labeled as Shape, but there is also Reverb inscribed below. In essence, it’s a reverb. The switch in the middle has several Greek letters written underneath it. This is your wave select switch. Needless to say, this combination of controls is bound to create some pretty interesting results.
What distinguishes Keeley DynaTrem Tremolo from other tremolo designs is the fact that it refuses to work as a regular tremolo. That is, you simply can’t get that standard flat tremolo effect. Some will find this to be a flaw, while others will find the innovation quite refreshing.
The benefit of such design is the new and wide range of possibilities that you have access to. Given enough time and interest, you can dial in some pretty unusual tremolo configurations which you won’t find elsewhere. Keeley definitely went above and beyond with this-this model, making sure that tremolo gets reinvented in a way that actually brings something new to the table.
Robert Keeley’s DynaTrem Tremolo is the proof that this effect hasn’t reached the ceiling, and that you can add a whole new dimension to what is basically one of the simplest guitar effects available. Sure, it’s not your run of the mill trem stompbox, but that is exactly what makes it so great in the first place. New and different is not always bad, and that is made apparent by Keeley DynaTrem Tremolo.