Keeley Black Glass OC44 - British Fuzz



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When you read the name “Keeley,” you know what you’re getting: unparalleled tone and attention to detail. Keeley’s been making boutique pedals longer than many of you have been playing guitar and he leaves no stone unturned in his quest for tone.

That said, the Black Glass OC44 is the finest British fuzz on the market, period. The germanium trio comes from Robert Keeley’s private stock, as they are nearly impossible to find these days. Each Black Glass OC44 contains one unbelievably rare OC44 and two rare mil-spec CV7003 transistors, and they’re visible when you pop the back. Each rare piece is finely tuned to deliver maximum fuzz. And when these are gone, that's it. No more, ever.

What’s the sound like? It definitely has its roots in the Tone Bender family, but it’s just MORE. The sound is akin to what the MKIII SHOULD have sounded like. It’s incredibly thick and screams on lead playing. The notes bloom beautifully and sustain like nothing else out there. The Tone control is not like a standard tone control, in that it’s best used to match your pickups.

Much like an old-style fuzz pedal, the Black Glass cleans up like nothing else. The Fuzz control is best used in conjunction with your guitar’s volume knob rather than a complement; it really is that versatile. Using these in tandem, you can get everything from pristine cleans to an all-out fuzz assault.

Powering the Black Glass is as refreshing as the sound; there are no weird adapter snafus to consider. Use a standard 9v adapter like everything else on your board.

The Keeley Black Glass is made from the finest components money can buy, one at a time, in Oklahoma. The unit is wired for true bypass and accepts a standard 9v center-negative Boss-style power supply. The current draw is low, and it’s ready for any isolated power supply.

If you absolutely, positively need the best fuzz, accept nothing but the best.

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