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  • No Sound from New Keeley Compressor - Broken or Stupid?!

    I finally decided to pick up the Keeley 4 knob compressor after my boss pedal died. I patiently waited all day for USPS to arrive and I scrambled to hear the new compressor. I plug it it and... nothing. Nothing at all.

    I have a Baggs Anthem pickup in an acoustic guitar:

    Baggs PU -> Keeley Compressor -> Mackie Mixer -> Mackie HR824

    I pulled my Baggs Venue preamp out of the mix to try to simplify points of failure.

    I tried swapping the battery, using a Boss power supply, swapping cables, adjusting every knob in every possible way and I'm unable to get a sound when the compressor is engaged (and the blue light is on). When I turn off the compressor I get my nice sounding guitar to play through the system. But for the life of me I can't figure out if I'm missing something (I've read the instruction sheet 3 times) or if it's broken.

    I'll call Keeley on Monday, but I was hoping that maybe someone could point me in the right direction (if that is even possible).

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

    Long time reader, first time poster.

  • #2
    the only thing i can share is the first time I tried out my WIIO it seemed like it wouldnt pass signal but the culprit was my Mij strats faulty pickup selector switch. i even sent the pedal off to be repaired and nothing was wrong with it.

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    • #3
      I decided to try one last battery and this time I left the back cover off after installing it. I turned the keeley over (sans battery cover) and plugged it in... and it worked. It appears the board inside the unit is not seated properly and when it is pressed down (like I found out when turning it over) it goes in the correct position.

      I'll be sending this one back to the vendor tomorrow. This is actually the second one I ordered this week. I sent the first one back to another vendor because of the same problem (no sound). I wonder if both of these units came from the same bad batch. I'll note the serial # and give Keeley a call to give them a heads up. At this point I'm ready to try another compressor.... any ideas??!!

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      • #4
        Diamond compressor. I think you'll find the EQ options really will suit your acoustic pickup.
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        • #5
          Thanks for the heads up on the Diamond. I'll be sure to read/watch up on it... it looks promising, and the controls are slightly trippy (in a good way).

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          • #6
            When you took the back off the pedal, was the circuit board (with the soldering points) close to the back plate? If so, there should be some sort of shield (paper, plastic) between the board and the bottom plate, or even tape on the inside of the bottom plate itself. Without it, the circuit might short out against the metal back plate.
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            • #7
              That's a surprising oversight... fish paper costs almost nothing.
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              • #8
                Well, I'm not saying that is the problem, just that it could be the problem. If it is, that would indeed be a suprising oversight. But it could just as well be something else.
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                • #9
                  I've had my Keeley compressor (2 knobber) for a few years, and it has always been rock solid. Having said that, I'd really like to try out the Diamond compressor.
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                  • #10
                    I finally decided to pick up the Keeley 4 knob compressor after my boss pedal died. I patiently waited all day for USPS to arrive and I scrambled to hear the new compressor. I plug it it and... nothing. Nothing at all.

                    I have a Baggs Anthem pickup in an acoustic guitar:

                    Baggs PU -> Keeley Compressor -> Mackie Mixer -> Mackie HR824

                    I pulled my Baggs Venue preamp out of the mix to try to simplify points of failure.

                    I tried swapping the battery, using a Boss power supply, swapping cables, adjusting every knob in every possible way and I'm unable to get a sound when the compressor is engaged (and the blue light is on). When I turn off the compressor I get my nice sounding guitar to play through the system. But for the life of me I can't figure out if I'm missing something (I've read the instruction sheet 3 times) or if it's broken.

                    I'll call Keeley on Monday, but I was hoping that maybe someone could point me in the right direction (if that is even possible).

                    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

                    Long time reader, first time poster.


                    Welcome Paul

                    I'm a Keeley-a-holic. I have one of everything he's made and I've never had a problem with any of them. I'm quite certain Robert will be mortified that a unit arrived with ANY problem and I look for him to resolve it quickly. He stands behind his stuff 100%. Always has, always will.

                    I've had my Keeley 2 knob Comp for 8 years now and it has been brutalized on the road for most of that time - never an issue - never a problem. This is one builder you don't have to worry about taking good care of you. Call the shop on Monday and talk to anyone that answers the phone - they'll take care of you for certain.

                    That having been said - his latest creation - the Keeley Overdirve - will be here shortly. I'm stoked
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                    • #11
                      I'm quite certain Robert will be mortified that a unit arrived with ANY problem and I look for him to resolve it quickly. He stands behind his stuff 100%. Always has, always will.


                      Very much so.

                      I have the 2-knob as well, and a bunch of other Keeley effects.

                      I've broken 2 Keeley effects (the wah, and the compressor...both were totally my fault), and they repaired them at no charge, and had them back to me by the end of that same week.

                      The compressor isn't just good...I'd say it's among the best out there.

                      I'd recommend handling it directly with Keely & Co.; you might be glad you did in the long term.

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                      • #12
                        not to thread derail but you guys seem to know a lil something

                        for the comp, 2knob vs 4 knob? is it worth the price difference to get the 4knob? I want the comp just to smooth dynamics, add sustain and sometimes for recording some sharp attack chicken type picking
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                        • #13
                          not to thread derail but you guys seem to know a lil something

                          for the comp, 2knob vs 4 knob? is it worth the price difference to get the 4knob? I want the comp just to smooth dynamics, add sustain and sometimes for recording some sharp attack chicken type picking


                          Depends on your needs. You can get the same sounds out of the 2 knobber since it has 2 internal trim pots. I would prefer the 2 knob version for more simplicity, claiming a set and forget with the internal pots. But if you plan on using it with various different instruments where you'll often need to adjust the clip/line level or think you'll be adjusting the attack often, then I guess the 4 knober is the way to go.

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                          • #14
                            I have a two nobber and love it, this is the first time i have read of internal trim pots. will have to experiment some.

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                            • #15
                              Yesterday I sent the compressor back to the eBay store that sold it to me. I didn't know Keeley's turnaround time was so fast or I would have sent it directly to him. I'm going to do a little more looking (it's reassuring his fan base seems extremely vocal and loyal) and if I do decide on another Keeley I'll be ordering it directly from the man himself.

                              Thanks again for all of the input...

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