Trying out the TS9DX Turbo on bass (Keeley Baked mod)

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jschulman, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. jschulman

    jschulman Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2018
    Long Island, NY
    Years and years ago, when my focus was on guitar, I had my TS9DX modded by Robert Keeley. He did the "Baked" mod which added more saturation and distortion ("3X") than the typical mod done to that pedal. I always loved it for my lead tone on guitar but when I switched back to bass I shelved it, thinking it wasn't usable. Though there are few bass reviews of this particular mod, the discussion about using the stock version of this pedal (by that I mean the standard, unmodded, non-DX version) on bass is pretty negative.

    Recently though I've wanted something with a little less fur than my fuzz or the dirt channel on my preamp, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It paid off - the "Turbo" mode has surprised me with its richness and low end preservation. With the tone knob rolled all the way down it adds a slightly more-than-subtle amount of grit, giving a little midrange boost and pushing the tube in my Le Bass. In the A channel there's just a little bit of sparkle that sounds especially good with a pick; the B channel gets really gritty. The other three modes (TS9, +, and Hot) have been kind of useless, but I'm looking forward to trying out the Turbo mode tomorrow with my band.

    Has anyone else tried this pedal, and this mod, on bass? What did you think?
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  2. Keeley Service

    Keeley Service Commercial User

    Jun 22, 2020
    Keeley Electronics INC
    I have had a couple bassists send in DX mods for repair. SD1 mods and DS1 mods too!

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