Keeley Electronics D&M Drive Review


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Rating:
4.5
On January 2, 2018
Last modified:January 2, 2018

Summary:

I must admit that when I first saw the Keeley Electronics D&M Drive, I wrote it off as just another dual overdrive pedal in a crowded market of such pedals. Even knowing that it’s a product of Robert Keeley’s renowned expertise at crafting outstanding overdrive and boost pedals and a collaborative effort with a couple guys who know thing or two about great guitar tones, I initially passed it over without giving it a second glance… that is, until nearly the end of 2017 when we were rounding up the Best Guitar Pedals of the Year, and our readers gave a massive show of hands that this was most definitely one of the year’s best pedals.

So I decided to try the D&M Drive largely on the merit of knowing that our readers are some of the most informed and knowledgeable effects aficionados around. And I’ve gotta say, you all spared us the shame and regret of possibly overlooking one of the best overall overdrive pedals to come along this year. So what’s the story here? Why is the D&M Drive such a big deal? Let’s put together a picture of the names behind this pedal; the reasons will become clear.

 

Drive to Perfection

Mr. Robert Keeley has had his fingers on the pulse of the boutique guitar pedal market for over 15 years. Since 2001 he and the Keeley Electronics crew have been modding and building custom pedals for guitar heroes including John Mayer, Brad Paisley, John Petrucci, and countless others. Any major style of boost, overdrive, and distortion pedal you can think of has probably been on Robert’s workbench at some point or another, and many of these classic circuits have been overhauled and refined into all-new Keeley Electronics pedals. While it could be argued that there are really only so many ways you can clip a diode and build a circuit around it, this is a pedal builder that has consistently found countless ways to squeeze every bit of sweet tone possible out of a box of wire and resistors.

Now enter Daniel Steinhardt and Mick Taylor, the two guys from whom the D&M Drive gets its namesake. Dan is the founder of The GigRig, a UK based company that specializes in building high-end effects switchers and utility products for professional musicians. Guitarists including Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Andy Timmons, Noel Gallagher, and many other touring pros have relied on Dan’s careful attention to detail and tonal purity when crafting pedalboards that are would tour ready. Mick was previously an editor of UK’s Guitarist magazine, a gig which no doubt contributed to his own expertise when it comes to great guitar tones. Together Dan & Mick host That Pedal Show, one of the best resources for pedal related content on the Internet. If you have any doubt about the integrity of their ears for tone, head on over to their YouTube channel and peruse a few of their videos. If you love guitar effects pedals, you’ll likely be hitting the subscribe button before you leave.

So long story short – Robert Keeley, Dan, & Mick made a pedal. And it’s a good one. Here’s brief rundown of the D&M Drive’s features before we get into the nitty gritty.

 

Features:

  • 2 independent drive circuits – Boost & Drive
  • Boost & Drive modes may be used separately or together in either order (Boost → Drive or Drive → Boost)
  • Gain, Tone, & Level controls and bypass switches for each side
  • Order switch flips order of Boost & Driver channels
  • Top-mounted I/O and power jacks for minimizing pedalboard footprint
  • Optional TRS mode allows Boost & Drive to be routed to separate loops in an effects switcher.
  • True Bypass
  • Powered by 9VDC 55mA+ center negative power supply.

Visit Keeley Electronics for more info about the D&M Drive.

 

 

Sound & Performance:

 

Mick’s Boost

Let’s start from right to left. The Boost is Mick’s side of the pedal. It’s essentially a boost and low to mid gain overdrive. But it has a surprisingly wider range of use than is characteristic of your typical 3-knob overdrive. You often hear of overdrive pedals having specific sweet spots and applications that fulfill a specific purpose yet lack in overall versatility. Well, the D&M Drive’s Boost circuit is no slouch, and this side alone has plenty to write home about.

With the Boost side’s Gain knob turned all the way down, you can kick on the Boost and get a pleasing clean boost of volume. There’s plenty of volume on tap, so you can easily push an amp, another dirt pedal, or the Drive side into further overdrive. The mid-range is clear and not overly pronounced, yet it seems to have to enough subtle character to impart a little bit of pleasing extra flavor to your guitar signal. This makes the pedal surprisingly suitable to use as a tone enhancer, kind of like setting an Xotic EP Booster to unity gain for some extra tonal mojo. The Tone knob comes in handy here for attenuating your treble response to either add some extra sparkle on the top-end or warm things up by rounding off those highs, particularly useful for taming any harshness from a hotter single-coil bridge pickup.

One peculiar aspect of the Boost side is how the circuit seems to descrease in high-end response as you increase the Gain. This helps give the Boost side a warmer, more mid-focused boost when using it for typical overdrive purposes. I think most players will appreciate this subtle characteristic of the Boost circuit. The Tone knob works sufficiently enough for opening up the top-end a bit, but I second the notion of another publication’s review in wishing for some kind of Presence control. I’d be curious to hear how a Presence parameter placed before the Gain control might help keep that top-end open before it hits the dirt. But aside from that musing, it must be stated that the D&M Drive’s Boost circuit is very well developed and is likely to be the favored circuit among many discerning guitarists. As it stands, it’s easily one of my personal favorite boost/drive circuits.

 

Dan’s Drive

Now while Mick’s Boost side covers a few different bases, Dan’s side is primarily focused on delivered one thing: big, meaty drive tones. You could try to argue that there’s a few flavors in here, but it’s really all about big ‘ole dirt overdrive and distortion. You’ve just gotta decide how much you want.

The beauty of the Drive side is that it can provide all the dirt you need if all your your amp has is a clean channel, but if you pair it with a slightly hot and cracklin’ amp sound, you can get some beautiful drive sounds by pushing your crunch channel with this bad boy. That’s probably my favorite way to use it. Of course, if you are running into an amp with at least two channels, you can still find a middle ground setting with the Drive side that will work well with both.

 

Dynamic Duo

The really great thing about this pedal is that the circuits play off each other well. Just like how the two hosts of That Pedal Show bring different perspectives on gear with some overlapping tastes and an understanding of what they’re each bringing to the table, Dan & Mick have a pair of complementary circuits in the D&M Drive that offer something greater when their merits and strengths are combined.

A common setup in general and with this pedal is to run Boost before Drive. With the Boost First option you can get great results by keeping the Drive side to a more moderate setting and then slamming it a bit harder with the Boost to add some edge when ripping into a solo. Reverse the order of the circuits and a whole different set of possibilities opens up. You could just set the Boost for a lighter or moderate boost and get a really saturated lead tone when kicking on the Drive in front of it.

 

D&M Drive + Effects Switcher

The D&M Drive offers another very unique feature that sets it apart from other dual circuit drive pedals that came before it. Many professional guitarists have adopted pro-grade effects switchers (like the Free The Tone ARC-53M or Boss ES-8) to handle effects switching during live performances. This offers many advantages for gigging guitarists, most notably being able to control all of your pedals from a single condensed area rather than having to tap-dance all over your pedalboard. Dan came up with the clever idea of using TRS I/O jacks to allow guitarists to patch each circuit to separate Send/Return loops in their effects switcher. This lets you use both sides of the pedal from your switcher as you would from the pedal’s own foot-switches. This approach can also allow you to spread out the D&M Drive’s 2 circuits in your signal path with, say, a different favored overdrive pedal in between the D&M Drive’s Boost and Drive sections.

 

 

The Keeley Electronics D&M Drive is a top-tier dual overdrive pedal with two distinct circuits that work well together and are each capable of standing on their own. While many such “overdrive & boost” combo pedals feature solid drive circuits with a generic boost also on board, the D&M Drive boasts a roaring, hot-rodded Drive circuit and a Boost section that can cover a range of clean boosting and mid-gain overdrive sounds. Whether or not you’re a previous player of Keeley Electronics’ pedals or are familiar with That Pedal Show and its hosts, if you appreciate great overdrive tones, the D&M Drive has more than enough great tones to spare.

That concludes our Keeley Electronics D&M Drive review. Thanks for reading.

673 COMMENTS

  1. It’s great seeing collaborations like this. I’d love to see more reviewers/personalities getting involved with pedal designs

  2. With so many pedals, having drive and boost in the same pedal makes it so that I can replace a few pedals with one. That will help improve my pedal board arrangement. And of course, the D&M sounds luscious in the demo. Kudos to Dan and Mick!

  3. Excellent review as always. Great looking and sounding pedal from the guys off The Pedal Show, would love to try the D side into the M side, would sound amazing!

  4. After listening to the channels videos, I began picking up Dan and Mick’s preferences in tone. This pedal reflects that. I’d love to own one and explore this philosophical pedal!

  5. This pedal looks fantastic. I often like a milder drive but I like to play bluesy classic rock, indiepop, and shoegaze so I need some real versatility. This pedal would give me the tools I need in a pedal board friendly package.

  6. Yo tengo el metal zone2 me encanta pero estoy deseando probar nuevos pedales, tu aprender de nuevos pedales con vuestras publicaciones, gracias..

  7. I lobe that pedal show and the D&M Drive would be a perfect first pedal for me. After playing acoustic guitar for many years, I started playing electric now. This Drive is just a must-have!

  8. Always looking forward to their weekly video!
    Learned so much from these guys, looking forward to play with the gear they helped create!!

  9. This could have a perfect spot on my brother’s board! He uses a Tele that works really well with high quality drives like this one.

  10. I would use Keeley D&M as a “Jekyll and Hyde” kind of pedal. Engaging the drive first, and suddenly… BAM!!! Boost!! right on your face hahahaha. Feel the evil side of DR Jekyll, ’cause my name is MR Hyde! hahahahaha

  11. I’m not one to tell tails out of school.. but I heard Mick was strong armed out of this being called the M&D drive…

  12. A great pedal… the option to split up the sides for independent switching is fantastic. The boost side in particular sounds amazing. Would be amazing to win it!

  13. I’m always on the lookout for a new grunge-machine and this one definitely looks like it might be a good one for me.

  14. Great review on a very exciting pedal… or two… in one? Both sides seem to really be great examples and usable.

  15. Interested to how close this is to and OCD and a Klon klone, but the ability to switch order totally makes it.

  16. Awesome review! The Dan side sounds like my cup of tea! A meaty, beefy tea. I think that’s called bone broth.

  17. what’s the acceptable amount of drive pedals to have before you don’t need anymore even though cooler and cooler ones keep coming out? A million?

  18. Wait, it’s a Keeley AND it hasn’t the input of That Pedal Show? How did I not know about this? I would love to use the TRS cables and put it into two loops of my Boss MS-3. I’d use my Keeley 30 ms in the other loop and have most tones covered with the built-in effects in the MS-3. Thanks for the review and making me aware of this pedal!

  19. Choosing which i love most if boost or drive side is like choosing pepperoni or xtra pepperoni on my pizza!! Fantastic tone!!!

  20. In my opinion these 2 pedals are ABSOLUTELY FREAKING AWESOME. I JUST RECENTLY GOT BACK IN TO PLAYING MY ELECTRIC GUITAR AFTER BEING HURT ON THE JOB 5 YEARS AGO AND MAN THINGS HAVE CHANGED SOMEWHAT . I’M HAVING to reteach myself just some basics due to my left hand being burnt by 3rd degree chemical burns anyway , absolutely fantastic on both pedals guys .

  21. Great sounding pedal, two, two, two mints in one! Keeley’s great, the pedal show guys are great, best guitar is fantastic, lol!

  22. I would use this pedal just on the other side of the compressor unit I am about to purchase. (Blowing on the dice) Come on 7!!!!! Daddy needs a new pair of pedals!

  23. Sounds awesome! At the moment I alternate between my Blackstar HT dual and my classic Boss OD-1, with occasional use of my Digitech Bad Monkey and Marshall GV2. But I think I could be persuaded to find a permanent spot for this on my board!

  24. I think is a great add to the looong long list of OD in the musical market. Id like to add that i love the smoothness and the quality of the distortion, and the really warm clean on the light side.
    Currently i won a MXR Modified OD, which i think is awesome. But im always “in for the try” of new stuff, and this D&M pedal deserves the chance!

  25. Demo sounds amazing……really interested in making this one of my first pedals……..I have zero pedals, I am new to the pedal world so basically the best part of winning would be that I would be able to stop having to switch my amp from clean to distortion with my hand(BLOWS). Would be eternally grateful and I plan on having a few more keeley products on my board as I begin to add more to it. Thanks!

  26. Turning the combo drive + boost into a classic on their first try, I hope they explore other territories as well (a D&M delay ?)

  27. I just made the jump from acoustic to electric. And now i realise there is so much i do not know ! it’s like going back to elementary school all over again. All those effects !!! I just do not know where to start ! I suppose overdrive is the kind of pedal i should look for…. Oh look ! They’re giving one away !

  28. I watch everything Dan and Mick put out. The combo of them and Keeley can only be a good one. Heard this on TPS a bunch, would love to try one out.

  29. Great review of a fantastic pedal! I love how it gives you the option of switching the order of the boost and drive, for more creative options.

  30. I would use the D&M before my foundation overdrive pedal (Catalinbread DSL) to add more grit or as an added boost.My favorite overdrive pedal is my Catalinbread DSL,it works great with other overdrive and distortion pedals in front of it.

  31. That Pedal Show is the SECOND place I go for all things pedals, the first of course, being here. These guys teaming up with Keeley Electronics is a match made in heaven. I would gladly excommunicate one of my drives to make room for another Keeley product on my board. This is seriously great stuff.

  32. I tested one of these pedals and loved it the second I started playing…the Mick side is like a Klon, it can be used as a really nice clean boost or can get some gritty bluesy tones, especially if you use it to break up high headroom clean tubes in your amp. The Dan side is extremely detailed overdrive for days. Being able to switch back and forth the order of the gain stacking also makes this pedal probably the most versatile OD pedal I’ve ever used. It would be a permanent fixture in my rig for sure, with this, you really don’t need another overdrive again.

  33. This pedal is better sounding every time I hear it. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen a demo where it’s played thru a solid state amp. I would love to test that out myself. Sadly, I am tubeless.

  34. Love keeley, love TPS, this one seems sooo nice ! Love that you can choose between boost>drive and drive >boost. Been trying to save money for this for ages…
    Crossing fingers !

  35. A very impressive pedal that I’d love to add to my pedal chain. Thanks for the very thorough review of this pedal and it’s capabilities!

  36. Love the simplicity of the two sides. Basic controls keep it simple and easy to dial in. One of the great features though is the ability to change the signal routing. Makes the pedal more versatile while still keeping it simple.

  37. The best of both words…boost and overdrive ! « La crème de la crème crème » like WE sauce here in France…..would like to get one !!!!

  38. I watch That Pedal Show, and i saw the launching of it. Loved it from the start. It would be great to have it on my pedalboard!

  39. I would LOVE one of these pedals, it sounds so versatile.
    I currently use an Angry Charlie which I would love to use with the D&M Drive,
    making use of the separate send and return loops to create more combinations of sweet tone.

  40. The pedal sounds great. Allows you change the order between Boost and Drive, which is a game changing. Definitely joined my list.

  41. Two great drive sides to start with, tweaked to perfection to sound absolutely great alone and together. The only dirt pedal needed on a pedalboard.

  42. This pedal sounds great! I’ve been endlessly flowing from one youtube demo to another in aw of the tone. I have been on the KOT waiting list for so long that it seems inevitable that I would eventually find a match in tonal quality and versatility. If I won the giveaway this would become a permanent fixture on my board. As a gigging musician it would be extremely valuable to have a drive that can handle both rhythm and lead tones with ease, but as a gigging musician I simply can’t afford to buy one myself. Plus, who wouldn’t want to carry Dan and Mick with them to every gig! I just wish it would scream out “Dan here” and “Mick here” every time I engage their respective side haha! Anyway, great review as always!

  43. Yeah, I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time. I want to use it with a tumnis delux in front and a Line 6 HX. Maybe with them in the loop but I’m not sure just yet. I can’t wait to find one and really just play with it and see what I can get from it.

  44. Love this pedal! I want something where I can boost the overdrive and know that it’ll sound great! This boost is designed for this overdrive so you get complete confidence in the tone quality. Right now I stack overdrives but it’s just not the same. I WANT THIS!!!!

  45. I love the idea of this pedal! I’ve had ideas to build something similar on my own but I have to say i trust Keeley to do a better job…

  46. Would be awesome to add this on my pedalboard. Been looking for a great drive pedal a long time now and this seems to be it! Loving TPS and of course following Best Guitar Effects on Insta ;-) Hope I’m the lucky one this time :-)

  47. I play many music styles and genres that require a versatile pedal, so the d&m seems just the thing for me. I have been following the page on Instagram for many months now and have learned alot about guitar effects from it. Would be thrilled to win the giveaway

  48. I want a mini Mick and dainty Dan at the disposal of my feet, enclosed in a box. The only way to make this pedal better is to have samples of their voices whenever you bypass either side.

  49. I use EXH Big Muff with bass and dream about adding this stompbox to my pedalboard. Think, the sound will be colorfull

  50. I love this pedal, I think it’s so versatile. If the guys of that pedal show have a signature pedal, it have to be an incredible sounding machine, agree?

  51. Love the guys over at That Pedal Show and this seems like a versatile pedal. Would love to get my hands on one. Great review!

  52. Love the idea behind this pedal. Really would like to get my hands on one and try it out with my rig. Keeley makes great gear too.

  53. I just love how it sounds and its response.
    The tone on both sides are SICK
    Really wish I can get my hands on one soon

  54. Love me some Dan and Mick “Hello” Taylor. Robert also seems like one of the most downright nicest dudes out there. Glad the pedal lives up to the people behind it.

  55. There’s a reason why Keeley is so renowned in gear circled between this and his oxblood you have some of the best pedals out there. Killer killer review. Nails it.

  56. Every single time I hear a demo of this pedal it sounds superb! They really got it nailed! If I got one of these I feel it would mark an end to the hunt my for my perfect drive pedal…

  57. This pedal is a total monster, I love it. Plus, the color is super rad! Robert is a master, and this one of his masterpieces. It’s a must have for me

  58. Always enjoy TPS and this consistently good pedal in their shows.

    Now they just need a version with a third footswitch that thinks when someone drops a name!

  59. Love the concept ! Such a different use whether you choose one order or the other ! I wish i could I could add this one to my board.

  60. Me and my friend play a acoustic Electric duo whenever we have free time and listen to Hendrix a lot. The pedal gives an awesome Hendrix kinda sound and is overall an awesome piece of gear. Really hope i get lucky with this giveaway.
    Cheers, Great review btw!

  61. I’m pretty sure a DM could remove 2, possibly 3, pedals from my board. And the TRS split opens some crazy clean / dry possibilities. Hnnng.

  62. This is would be an awesome space saving pedal and it would help me hit the ground running as I build up a new pedal board for my sound!

  63. I love it because it is the perfect pedal to give a lot of cane to the guitar, with a perfect sound, it would be a pleasure to play with it, good luck! :)

  64. Looks and sounds remarkable, wonder how it stacks up versus brothers/riverside…i think these type of dual drives are really the future

    and ofcourse – would love to try it myself :-)

  65. That drive is world class, overdrive with distorted edges that is desperately aspiring to be a fuzz.

    I probably would have called it the overdrivydistortededgednearlyfuzz.

    Or distoveruzz…………

    Anyway,D&M drive is pretty good too and I need one.

    And sleep.

  66. Would love to put this pedal through its paces. I love the fact that it’s a two in one pedal, pedal board space and only taking up one loop in my switcher is a win in my book.

  67. Seems like they missed a potential marketing genius move; sampled phrases like “Cheerio”, “lovely”, or a honking horn accessed by secret dip switches or something.

  68. After watching the video on the new DM Drive Pedal I was really impressed with the warm, natural sounding Tube Tone in particular the Harmonic content. Great sounding Pedal….

  69. This is definitely on my pedal wish list. All demos I’ve seen on YouTube sound awesome! I’m getting the Keeley compressor at the end of this month, I’m really excited to finally own one of their pedals.

  70. This sounds great.
    I just purchased the keeley compressor after have tested about 10 different comp pedals. It is of the highest quality and surpassed my standards. I’m ready to test their products.
    I would use this drive to amplify my ambient effects
    And make the string arrangements I currently cover with my guitar sound more intense and dramatic

    Great review guys. Blessings!

  71. I love what Dan and Mick do on That Pedal Show and I think it’s so cool that Keeley honored them with this pedal.

    I’m so tempted to replace my stacked OCD and Tube Screamer with the D&M drive.

  72. Love the idea and the sound. I am sure I will but it soon, it will be an awesome addition to my Thorpy Gunshot and Fallout Cloud.

  73. I have a fine telecaster waiting for a overdrive, I’ve waiting for a cheap tube screamer but surely this pedal sounds better, I love it

  74. I am real happy with the quality & sound of my Keeley Monteray.
    There are quite a few of their pedals on my want list.
    I have seen several videos on the D&M Drive and love the amount of control over the overdrive sound and boost gain.

  75. What a crackin’ little pedal. This could seriously replace the Fulltone FD2 that I currently have on my board. Thanks for the review, guys. Hopefully this will soon be in my tonal armoury.

  76. Been a big fan of Keeley for a while now. Adding this to my favourite, always on, Super Phat Mod would be perfection. Well done on creating something that’s becoming a staple on many pedalboards already.

  77. Looks like an amazing pedal. This is why I can’t just use multi-fx – the distortion will never be as good as a pedal like this…

  78. I have a number of drive pedals (too many some would say) so it would be great to see how this one compares. The fact that its a Kelly pedal with input from Dan and Mick makes it worth investigating.

  79. a double-drive is a good thing.
    just use one pedal and have two sounds – a boost and a drive.

    I still use a MXR doubleshot distortion, but in fact – it´s a distortion, not an overdrive….

    sound pretty good, this pedal!
    wanna get some! :-)

  80. I need all my dreams to come true and become a better guitar player… that’s what they said, so it must be true. How hard can it be?!!

  81. The Dan’s Drive is powerfull and the Mick’s Boost sound perfect. It’sgenial, two guitars in one pedal, Fender&GIbson sounds with only one pedal. Great

  82. As a studio owner, boost and drive pedals are one thing you cant have too many of. Tone shapers like these goes a long way so yes please i would like to Windows this! :)

  83. Such a cool idea, perfect for shows where you don’t have a load of pedal space. Just grab this, a tuner, maybe a delay and I’m good to go.

  84. would love to try this pedal with my newly modded stratocaster.
    humbuckers with splitter switches, have to add a briger/neck switch to get a Tele sound.

  85. Wicked nasty OD and a boost to boot? Some gnarly ingredients to generate some serious GAS. Maybe some farts too.

  86. I really like the idea of having an overdrive and boost in one pedal . It is tough sometimes to get a boost and overdrive to sound good together so I can only assume that having both in one pedal would be like having a 2 channel amp , one channel for rhythm and the boost for leads . I own many many od and boost pedals and notice I can get a good amount of drive from an OD pedal like the Friedman OD or wampler Tumnus Deluxe , but to keep the tone in tact I would need a really really transparent boost pedal. I’m still to find a boost pedal with transparent and clean gain . Most boost I’ve ever tried add enough of there own color / saturation to where my tone becomes sterile , cold , or woofy and bass heavy . Now about OD’s , when it comes to overdrives I like to have control of my tone . There are different ways to get more highs or lows called a tone knob which either boost the highs which will even out bass heavy freq. or you can tame a shrill signal by adding more lows by just adjusting one knob ( genious! ) ok then comes essintally the amount of gain a person might need which is basically the overall sound of a pedal . Gain which is basically diode clipping is like salt , you don’t wasn’t to much and you don’t want to little , lately I realize I can get more 2nd even order harmonics using less gain which sounds better to my ears , the thing is you have to articulate your tone with your playing which takes more skill then applying a wall of white noise to hide behind , but if that’s your thing , go for it. With just these two features you can really get enough control where you wouldn’t need much anything else from an OD . I will say thIs I myself prefer a woody sound , typically the sound of my guitar and cab combined , so if done right you should be able to really hear the tone of your guitars wood and your speaker and cab wood with enough gain to push your tone forward . Thanks for anyone who took the time to read my short novel I just wrote lol

  87. Love that Pedal a show and love this site too. If you all say it’s good then it must be! Would die if this was on my board! Give my classic vibe tele a dirty friend

  88. I always think `mid` overdrive will pair well with other drive and I need to have them both in my pedalboard. With D&M, now I only need one effect pedal :)

  89. Great review, seen a few reviews of this pedal but I don’t think anyone has explained the trs i/o through the effects loop better than this, even Dan and mick.

  90. This pedal is genius. There are other drive pedals with a boost feature out there, like the Fulltone Fulldrive 2, but the boost doesn’t operate independent of the drive. Not only can you operate both sides of D&M Drive independently, but you can choose which is first in the signal chain!!!! Simple and so necessary. I would love to see more artist collaborations like this.

  91. Always loved the idea of a double whammy drive/boost pedal, being able to switch the order of them is fantastic too, plus who doesn’t want a little Dan and Mick on their boards? ;)

  92. I am already a like on all the social media, and boy, oh boy would my pedalboard love to cozy up to this amazing pedal!
    Let’s make that happen! Mojo! Mojo! Abracadabra Mojo!

  93. If this thing is good enough for John Mayer, Brad Paisley and John Petrucci, it’s probably good enough for me! Looking forward to trying one soon!

  94. I have been thinking of getting a dual pedal for some time. I use separate boost and distortions now, and this has the added flexibility of signal routing, with the bonus of not adding the background noise of 2 pedals. The tones are infinitely useful from grit to crunch, live or in recording. Everything Keeley makes sounds fantastic, so I’m in!

  95. I always enjoy your reviews and this one is no different. I have used Analogmans KOT v4 pedal for years and I would like to try this one.
    I’ll wait for you to send it.

  96. I’m a huge fan of TPS, and have been curious about the D&M Drive for a while. My gain staging currently consists of a Big Muff Nano going into a Way Huge Green Rhino. The Fuzz/TS clone combo is really nice for having the individual sounds and then stacking them for a more Gilmore-ish lead sound. However, I’d love to add in a more transparent OD, and a true distortion pedal to my rig.

  97. keeley makes grand pedals and the Pedal show guys have great ears. This review makes me long to own this pedal!

  98. I’ve followed That Pedal Show for awhile, and I can’t say anything more than I don’t just want this pedal, I LUST for this pedal!! Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! THIS IS IT for me! It is THE ONE!!!

  99. Love the ability to wire it up as two separate pedals when using a switcher, would work great with my Musicomlab EFXIV!

  100. I’d love to win this DM Drive pedal — the review is very thorough, and I definitely could use this sweet, rockin’ dual overdrive pedal! It has two distinct but complimentary sides, together spelling R-O-C-K N R-O-L-L!

  101. Part of me wants to thank you for reviewing this pedal that I’ve heard other good things about, another part of me wants to curse you for confirming all the good things I’ve heard and putting yet another toy on my “must have” list!

  102. Sounds like just what I need. I keep my pedal setup pretty simple: just chorus, delay, and wah. I usually relying on amp distortion for my dirt. But because I often use an EBow—which pushes a super-hot signal right from the pickup—I keep my amp gain pretty low and my treble rolled off. Consequently, my lead playing doesn’t always punch through when I’m *not* using the EBow. The D&M looks like a good solution for boosting and shaping my solo tone with a simple, intuitive layout. Looking forward to trying one!

  103. I’m always intrigued when I’m watching that Pedal sShow and hear an awesome overdrive sound, expecting it to be the KOt or something else, but it’s the D&M! Would love to have this guy on my board for sure!

  104. A lot of thought went into the Keeley D&M drive. It does it all. I would love for it to do it all for me. I have a two knob Keeley comp that I love. Used to have one of his Katana clean boost mini’s. Well built & designed pedals. I’ve been wanting a dual drive pedal for quite a while.

  105. 2 guys 2 effects, this sounds like a great idea. I would use it with a lot of Dan and a pinch of Mike, or vice-versa!

  106. Thanks for actually repping the best guitar effects! I love your reviews and media! My only complaint is that it’s not enough! Keep on rocking in the free world BGE!

  107. I’m in need of a new drive pedal to replace my Big Muff Drive pedal. I really liked the sound of my last pedal but it did need more too end so I’m hoping this drive pedal will have the right sound and keep all my frequencies.

  108. I haven’t had the pleasure of trying this amazing pedal, but from what I’ve heard and seen on the web it looks astounding and sounds terrific!! :D I would love to play with it

  109. I’ve been trying to find the “right” overdrive for the sound I want. The D&M just made my short list.

  110. With such a crowded market, it is always interesting to see what the cognoscenti deem worthy of their efforts.

  111. Damn fine pedal from all the different reviews and videos I have been seeing. I would like to add this one to the ol’ pedalboard.

  112. Two great sounds on their own, and it would be awesome to play around with stacking the sounds and getting a unique blend!

  113. It’s a really good effect, great sounding with a lot of dynamics, well constructed. when the pedal builder meets the pedal expert the result cannot be a good thing.

  114. Looks like a really interesting way to have a boost and a drive in one pedal, and there would be lots of ways to stack em to get a wide array of tones! Top work!

  115. Haven’t owned an overdrive before so it would be fun to win.

    It sounds great and according to them, “It will make you a better guitar player and all of your dreams will come true.”

  116. Looking forward to plugging into the D&M Drive. I’ll be comparing it against Pettyjohn and Kingsley drive pedals.

  117. I’m a regular viewer of TPS, but was a little sceptic about the DM drive precisely because of the hype around it. I can’t really know if the scepticism is righteous or not without trying it, right? That’s why I’d also love to win it! Also, great article!

  118. I would need to experiment with the Keeley Electronics D&M Drive to determine the best way to use it because of the different configurations that are possible.

    It’s a tough job but I’m up to the task!

  119. I would use this in addition to my Carl Martin Quattro, mainly for the Boost, but also if I wanted a more searing lead sound when playing above the 12th fret.

  120. “Keeley Electronics D&M Drive” Brilliant idea! What took the industry so long to make a combo pedal like this. I currently use 2 separate pedals for these functions now on my board. Would love to do it with just this one!

  121. I’ve seen the guys at The Pedal Show playing this miracle box so many times and it always sounded extremely good. It would be a great piece of improvement in my board. Keep up the good work boys.

  122. Great review. I think I would love this with my Cornford Roadhouse combo for pushing the amps boost mode into full saturation, and to use the Mick boost on the pedal to slightly push the hint of break up sound I usually play through. Awesome.

  123. I don’t know if I want to put Dan into Mick or Mick into Dan! The only way to find out is if you give the pedal to me!!

  124. Nice overview. I really like that you have the option of putting another pedal in between the two sides of this pedal. Brilliant!

  125. As a regular viewer of TPS, I was pumped when this pedal was first released, and everything I’ve heard/read about it lives up to the hype. Really hoping I’m the lucky SOB to win this one!

  126. I want this Shaun of the Dead stunt doubles pedal. Great take on 2 eminently toneful pedals in a player friendly configuration. What’s not to like?!

  127. This is the kind of pedal that can replace all the dirt needed on a pedalboard… the boost side is the real winner in my opinion!

  128. It certainly sounds great for getting regular guitar tones. I can’t wait to see what other kinds of crazy noise I can make with it!

  129. As I follow That Pedal Show I have seen this one get quite a bit of use, and it sounds sweeet, I own Keeleys Aurora Reverb and Compressor Plus so I know he builds quality stuff (absolutely love the Aurora great for light reverb as well as a beautiful ambient machine

  130. Love my Keeley pedals – Oxblood and an MS30 – top quality – I’m sure the D&M pedal is a rock solid piece of kit – on the short list for sure when next the board gets a refresh

  131. Love my Keeley pedals – Oxblood and an MA30 – top quality – I’m sure the D&M pedal is a rock solid piece of kit – on the short list for sure when next the board gets a refresh

  132. That Pedal Show is a must watch for me. No matter what level your playing is at, you could learn a lot from Dan & Mick’s exploration of every question every tone chaser asks themselves while in pursuit of their ideal sound. Top that with one of the best pedals on the market….its awe inspiring. Love Keeleys pedals. Love that pedal show. This is a win win.

  133. This pedal has been on TPS a lot and actually intrigued me a lot to spend that little more cash on quality pedals. I can’t wait to have one to call my own!

  134. I’ve gone through about 7 different drive pedals in the last year and keep thinking this dual drive/boost may be the way to go.

  135. It would be awesome to own/win this pedal, I’ve been a long term fan of That Pedal Show, these guys working along with Keeley is a hands down winner!

    It sounds great in all the demos and on their show, definitely on my list of pedals I’d love to own. I’m currently stacking rat and walrus audio voyager and mayflower as my ODs. I’m thinking I could get the same tones with just one pedal which would be great for pedal board real estate

  136. I’ve been using my RAT in lower settings for overdrive, and I love it, but I would love more overdrive options to open up my tone capabilities!

  137. I’m a huge fan of combo pedals that allow me to squeeze a lot of sound options into a small space. This pedal would cover the entire gain spectrum I’d need on my compact pedalboard.

  138. Always been a fan of RK, his mods, and his pedals. If you have ever
    watched TPS, then you would know that this pedal has to be absolutely top notch.

  139. I’m slowly starting to rebuild my pedal collection after losing them all in the Louisiana flood 2 years ago. I have a Keeley compressor that’s incredible and this might be next on the list!

  140. I almost bought one of the special edition TPS versions when it was a Patreon exclusive for That Pedal Show … Been thinking about it since. Cheaper now too, to the States …

  141. Love this one so much. Every time I see this in That Pedal Show makes me want to pull the trigger on it !

  142. Love That Pedal Show, but a question haunts me regarding that pedal: will I put Mick into Dan or Dan into Mick? Hmmm…

  143. This pedal was always intriguing to me because I have a boost and gain already but it would be awesome to just have it all in one and be able to change the stack order at will.

  144. Been watching these guys since their PodCast/WebCast started. The ability to have both Boost and OverDrive in the one pedal just nmakes sense. The ability to change the order of the effect makes ‘perfect’ sense. I trust bot the That pedal Show Guys and Keeley products to get the tomb=ne perfect. So many great reviews for this pedal. You cant go wrong.

  145. I would love to win a Keeley D&M Drive ! A bitchen pedal for sure ! If I won it it would go on my pedal board immediately and used every chance I play my guitar rig ! Stoked and excited about this excellent contest/giveaway ! Keeley pedals are of high quality and craftsmanship !

  146. This looks like the drive and boost worthy of any guitar head!
    Especially considering the drive has a beard! Adding to my watch list!

  147. Love the versatility of this drive! Dying to try one out! Would work wonderfully between by Xotic RC Booster and Klone By Tone Overdrive.

  148. I’ve been using a Chase Bliss Audio Brothers and though this doesn’t have MIDI, I’d love to compare the two pedals.

  149. Every video inhave seen of ithers demoing it make me want it, but currently the funds have been lacking for gear!

  150. Very useful review. I had not heard of your site before. Found this because Robert Keeley posted about it. I will definitely be checking out the rest of your site. Cheers.

  151. Stacking OD’s is my favorite way to discover new tones. Keeley + The Pedal Show is a combo I can get behind! Every review of this this speaks nothing but high praises. Not only that, but I am lucky enough to attend NAMM every year and every year, I stop by the Keeley booth and those dudes are nothing but the best guys ever!

  152. Awesome pedal, I’m using a Fuchs Cream ll now and I love it, Id love to win this one and have a little more tonal variation

  153. Have you guys seen the photo of Robert Keeley and Dweezil Zappa with the custom finish D&M drive?! I emailed Dweezil asking if he’d sell to me.

  154. Love Keeley stuff, and love That Pedal Show…
    Here’s hoping I win and this pedal comes to the UK where it belongs!

  155. Haven’t seen a single review of this pedal after which I’m not kicking myself for not having the money to get one. Sounds awesome and it’s super versatile, very well put together and thought out.

  156. This looks to be a mighty fine addition to any board, hope I get to be the lucky person to check it out. Thank You!

  157. Tone Sculpting is what the Keeley Electronics D & M Drive is All About!
    Please PICK ME to win this Awesome Pedal.

  158. I would use it immediately, I am starting playing in pub bands again after years of solo acoustic. Seriously need a good tone, and Keeley is wonderful stuff. I cant afford it in New Zealand… please bless me with the opportunity to own this !

  159. Bonjour
    Je me la faut..
    Je n’ai pas encore de pédale Boost/Overdrive,
    Mais j’ai une KEELEY Compressor 2
    Je viens de découvrir votre site.Bravo.!!!
    Thierry Valtat

  160. This pedal is just blowing my mind at every demo of it…
    I need to give a try, and hear for myself! desire is strong on this one…

  161. You know what? I like Keeley, and I like Dan and Mick, and I really wanted to like this pedal, but it doesn’t quite make it for me. It’s a handy touch being able to decide whether you want the drive or the boost to go first,but once you’ve decided, that’s it, you’re not going to keep stooping down to switch them over, and I have several pedals that, for me, do boost and/or drive better, that I can connect together. Yeah, it’s just one more lead that can fail, a little more space on the board gone, but the bottom line is I think they individually do the job better,

    If.I were to use a twofer pedal for drive and boost I think I would take the odd step of using the Bigzed Infinity pedal, ’cause unless Zed made some changes to the design after the proof-of-concept that I bought, the supposed compressor makes a great drive, and the drive side makes a great booster. Who cares if it’s wired weird? I like what comes out the other end, and that’s what matters.

  162. This effect will be awesome.I beat that this efrect will increase the magic in my exercise at guitar and send me to the heaven of guitarists.Thanks for this giveaway.You are awesome.

  163. Is this the perfect combination of drive in one pedal? It certainly sounds great! Well done Robert Keeley!

  164. I recently found your website while searching for reverb pedals. I love the way you break down the review. l would love this pedal on my board. Keep up the good work!

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  166. This pedal is awesome. Not only is it one but 2 pedals in one made by the almighty Keeley Electronics. From trying it at Guitar Center, I know it’s a solid pedal, that sounds great. I think it would make an awesome overdrive and a great boost for me or anyone who uses it. I would make it a mainstay on my pedalboard. In my opinion the best overdrive I have heard in a long time!

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