Robert Keeley has crafted something really special with the Monterey Fuzz. While plenty of pedals claim to deliver all in one retro tones, none are packing the same array of effects or control as this. It is a fuzz, octave, vibe and auto wah all in one. You can access a seriously great range of sounds and only gets better with the addition an expression pedal.
The fuzz is the core of the Monterey. It utilises a circuit equipped with vintage Fairchild semiconductor transistors, to deliver cool vintage gain with great dynamics and a smooth sound that suits the 'Jimi style' tone this pedal was designed for. Honestly, this pedal is worth it for the fuzz alone.
There is a 3 way selector at the centre of the pedal to switch between vibe, rotary and wah effects. These are your options for the left side modulation part of the pedal. When engaged, the global depth and level controls set what the effect is doing. If you want more control on the fly you can also add an expression pedal of your choosing to control modulation.
Octave Up and Down
When you engage the modulation mode you also start up the octave circuit. This can be set in the middle position for no octave effect or you can turn it clockwise for octave up and counter clockwise for octave down. The further from the middle the more prominent the octave effect becomes.
Fuzz Before Modulation? Or The Other Way?
Out of the box, the Monterey comes set up with the fuzz first in the signal chain - in front of the modulation. This is your standard layout. If you want to get a little bit experimental, there is a small switch on the back of the pedal that swaps these two sections. Discover the ways modulation can completely change the fuzz characteristics.