Tone Report Weekly 184 - Page 51

Perhaps then, it should come as no surprise that the Filaments is Keeley’s most flexible tone shaping pedal. It has a myriad of ways to tweak the sound, which is especially important when it comes to matching your distortion to the kind of music you want to play. If you want that modern metal sound I mentioned earlier, simply roll the Bass off a tad, crank the Body knob, engage the Bright and Boost toggles, and dial up the gain to find yourself in djent heaven. Or if you’re looking for something less intense, first roll back the volume and then engage the Crunch toggle (there’s a significant volume spike when engaging Crunch mode). Then turn off the Boost and Bright switches, roll the Body and Gain knobs back and BOOM! You’ve got the classic hard rock tones of days gone by. From there, you can tweak the EQ to your heart’s content. The Bright switch adds a very pleasant top end clarity—and between that, the dedicated Treble knob and Presence control, I’m sure you’ll find an upper range that fits your setup perfectly. And the bottom is mastered by a tag team duo of the Body and Bass knobs. Use those to lock in the perfect amount of low- end kick. Combine all these controls to find just the right kind of grind for what you do best. pedal that can cover all your high gain sounds, this is it. That’s as simple as I can say it. From sizzling to soulful, there’s an absurd amount of range inside the Filaments. CONCERNS A dedicated midrange control would’ve been nice. You have the ability to sculpt the mids with the other controls, but I did miss being able to specifically put the mids where I wanted them. GO BIG OR DON’T I don’t have a metalhead- approved rig anymore. Gone are my days of Mesa half stacks and downtuned Les Pauls. But I still get that itch from time to time. And I have to be honest: the Filaments scratched it in the most satisfying of ways. It turned my portable little one-trip-into-the-gig rig into a monster. And if it can do that to what I’m playing, I’m sure it can do it for you, too. WHAT WE LIKE If you’re looking for a 51