Robert Keeley's modded Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay with True Bypass takes the amazing AD9's tones and adds true bypass and other functionality to make it even more flexible. For starters, Keeley upgrades ... Click To Read More About This Product
Robert Keeley's modded Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay with True Bypass takes the amazing AD9's tones and adds true bypass and other functionality to make it even more flexible.
For starters, Keeley upgrades the fidelity and bass response of the AD9. The stock footswitch is modded to operate as an infinite feedback control. Simply hold it down, and your notes go into feedback, just as if you'd turned the repeat control all the way up. Perfect for sustaining notes or adding a bit of craziness to your music. Even with the true-bypass mod, the AD9's dry output still works as it should”something other pedal makers/modifiers don't always promise.
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Yes, the Ibanez Ad9 delay, may be one of the best analog delays of all time, but now, for tone freaks, Keeley has modified it for true bypass, so now, your tone is uneffected when the pedals off. And, my favorite feature, is the the stock footswitch is an infinte repeat foot switch! This pedal has great warm repeats, a nice delay time range, although, its only 20-300 ms, analog delays are great for short times. And if you really want an ambient but crazy sound, try ALMOST maxing the repeats, the delay time at about 3/4 of the way maxed, and the level maxed, and it sounds great, and spacey, great pedal.
Robert is a whiz at improving the sound and performance of many pedals as well as designing his own. This has more clarity over the original due to the Keeley mods. The thing about analog versus digital as far as delays is that the repeat signal sounds more natural. More like yelling into a canyon and hearing the echo than a clone of the first note or notes. The only down side to Analog, IMHO, is most don't do an extremely long, slow delay repeat, but this one is as long as some and better than others. I have an ancient Ibanez rackmount Analog Delay from the late Seventies and this is very similar as far as warm tone quality.
I've used Ibanez reissues and Keeley modified pedals. Both are excellent. This one, however, I did not hold on to. It's definitely got the analog sound but it sounded too thin for my taste. You can count on the reliability of Keeley and the solid construction of the Ibanez build. The price is up there for this, but you would be getting a solid pedal both in design and parts. As with any pedal you'll need to test it to decide if the sound is for you. Enjoy.