Keeley Framptone Talk Box
Sometimes you go digging around the shop and come up with the coolest finds! This Keeley Framptone Talk Box is Brand New and never used. It's never even left it's box after all of these years until we decided to photograph it and help it find a new home! (Note, it has a small imperfection on the top, but we've sold several of these and they all had something like that from the factory)
The Framptone Talk Box can be set up in three different ways:
- You can place it between an amplifier and its speaker and toggle the Talk Box ON or OFF. ON means that you will be sending your amplifer’s signal into the Talk Box, up the tube, and into your mouth in order to be microphoned. When the Talk Box is OFF, the speaker of your amplifier receives your guitar signal, just as it would normally.
- You can place the Talk Box downstream of an amplifier and NOT return it to the speaker. In this case, the Framptone Talk Box must always be ON “to maintain a resistive load on the amplifier to prevent damage to the amplifier’s output transformer.”
- But the BEST case scenario is to use the Framptone A/B Box and two amplifiers--one line is dedicated to drive the Talk Box and the other to receive your guitar signal as usual. This will enable you to blend the talk effect with an amplified guitar sound. Remember, you’ll still need to send the Talk Box microphone to a P.A., to a recording console, to another amplifier, or a combination of these. .
Important: The Framptone Talk Box is NOT like a Fuzz or any other guitar effect pedal. With a typical pedal like a Fuzz, your guitar goes in, gets fuzzed, leaves and arrives at your amplifier. The Talk Box NEVER goes to an input of your amplifier, and if you plug your guitar directly into the Talk Box, you will not provide it with any power whatsoever. It wants to receive an amplified signal. Damage can result to an amplifier or mixing board if you take this amplified Talk Box signal and run it into their inputs. It would be like watering your houseplants with a firehose. It would make a huge mess. Instead, as described earlier, the Talk Box receives the summed signal of your guitar as it leaves your amplifier through a speaker cable. The Talk Box likes to see a 16 ohm signal.