The Keeley El Rey Dorado is based on that famous Black and Gold Plexi sound guitarists all over the world love.
It has two modes - Lo and Hi - also recognised for their cranked Plexi and all-out Plexi characteristics. This pedal nails classic British gain tone.
The El Rey Dorado has a fast attack and with sustain for days. Keeley have kept the control layout extremely simple to guarantee outstanding tone whatever you dial in. It consists of Drive and Volume, as well as Tone to tweak the EQ response.
Here's what Keeley say about the El Rey Dorado Overdrive
The El Rey Dorado is your go-to box for that plexi tone. Yes, there is a wide range of 1960s Plexi Amp Tone in terms of power, tubes installed, speakers, and/or cabinet used, but this hits the core-tone bulls-eye! One of the many reference points for the tone was my own JTM 45/100® full stack. (It’s a dead-on reissue Marshall® did with crazy cool custom made vintage recreation speakers and dual transformers to transfer the load of the 4 EL-84s!)
The El Rey covers a lot of Classic British Amp tones by featuring two gain modes with the Power Toggle. With the Power Toggle switch you have control over the compression and harmonics. Low Power mode is louder, has more girth, and has fewer harmonics for a more old school tone. The High Power mode has more compression, more harmonics and a tighter, more defined tone. Old school crunch in Low Power mode, super lead tones in the High Power mode.
- Volume, Gain, Tone, Power Toggle: Yes
- 9 volt battery: 9V compatible, not included
- Keeley Engineered: Yes
- Ripe Tide Gain: Yes