Purchased from: Local Music Shop
Sound — 10
After I tried this pedal, and the sound absolutely blew me away. The modifications allow for a warmer, fuller, richer tone. I play through a '65 Reissue Fender Twin Amp and a 2002 American Fender Stratocaser, Gibson Les Paul Special, and Ibanez RG350MDX. The pedal covers all of these perfectly. Unlike the original Tube Screamer, instead of the Drive going from 1-10, the Keeley mod Drive goes from 4-14, allowing for a wider range of tones. The pedal is surprisingly quiet, only giving off feedback under extreme circumstances. The range of the tone is incredible, you can get a slight Overdrive, a heavier Overdrive, or, if combined with your amp's Overdrive setting, a heavily distorted sound that still provides a great tone. The tonal possibilities are practically endless.
Overall Impression — 10
I mostly play Blues and Rock, and, when I Pick up my RG, delve into the realm of shred (Gilbert, Vai, Satch, etc.) This pedal covers them all; again, the tonal possibilities are endless. I bought this pedal after four years of playing, and it will surely stay with me for the as long as I Live. Of course, when buying this, I had to compare it to other Overdrive pedals. I compared this to three different pedals: the Boss Blues Driver, Ibanez TS9, and the Ibanez Classic Reissue of the TS9. After much deliberation, the Robert Keeley mod of the TS9 stood head shoulders above the rest. If you're looking for a beautiful overdirve pedal with a rich, warm, full tone, look no further than this Keeley modded Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This thing is built like a tank, and, although I haven't dropped (I'm much too careful with my pedals), I'm sure it could withstand some abuse. I've used it in gigs before, and it's able to be powered by both a 9V battery and an AC Adaptor. Although, I do find the battery too last much shorter than expected.
Ease of Use — 10
When I decided to buy the classic TS9, I walked into my local music shop that I go to almost everyday and asked the clerk if I could try the Tube Screamer. He let me try out the reissue of the Tube Screamer, which costs about $100. I tried it, and loved it. Then, he let me in on this little secret; the Keeley modded TS9. There are knobs for Drive, Tone, and Level. These knobs allow for a wide variety of tones that are easy to access. The manuel that came with it was helpful, but it didn't provide anything that one couldn't figure out within the first 30 minutes of owning it. The simplicity of the pedal allows for any tone a person wants, with three simple knobs.