#1
Decided to fill everyone in on the transparency mod I did to my Bad Monkey since I have gotten quite a few requests lately.


As you can see modding a bad monkey can be a pain, because pretty much everything is surface mount. But there is a few things you can do to enhance it.




Ok now for the mods...

You can change C5 (.047uf) to a .1uf(mids cut) or .15uf(more mids cut) More cut equals more transparency. Since its a Tubescreamer clone as you know it has a slight mid hump this mod takes that out of the picture. Digitech did a good job of removing most of it but this takes it the rest of the way.


To this...


Also you can change out C11 (22uf) to a 1uf if you would like to increase the bass on the pedal. I found the pedal to have plenty of bass on tap in the first place so I just left it alone.

And lastly for cosmetic purposes I thought a yellow led looked alot better in the already green and yellow pedal I slapped in a yellow led.



Hope yall enjoy the info. Its a quick easy mod and works great especially if you are using it as a clean boost..

#3
Quote by pak1351


Maybe it should be in the building/customizing forum, but thanks. Definitely something worth looking into down the road.


Was going to throw it in there but the guys asking about it never go in there. So hopefully a few of the guys asking about it get to see it before it gets lost in the mound of killswitch how to's and can I put a floyd in this mayhem...
#4
haha, i know what you mean. I bookmarked the page for later, just got one of these and haven't even plugged it in yet. And with our clever bumping in the guise of a conversation, it can stay on the first page
#5
Nice job.
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#6
Quote by pak1351
haha, i know what you mean. I bookmarked the page for later, just got one of these and haven't even plugged it in yet. And with our clever bumping in the guise of a conversation, it can stay on the first page


There great pedals for there price and its stood the test of time for me which is rare. I go through pedals like crack

Lol actually as late as it is, usually it stays on the front page for quite some time anyway.

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#8
Very cool!

Can we hear it in action?
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#9
I expect you had a schem in order to do this?

...Could you PM it to me/post it?
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#10
Quote by dudey5691
Alright, so my assumption of you doing the "badder monkey" mod was right!

Is the difference really that noticeable?



I actually dont know what his mods are but yea from his discriptions its pretty much the badder monkey minus the additional gain. And I take it he is doing the bass mod and passing it off as badder bass drive. Its crazy how steep his prices are I was doing these mods for a whole lot cheaper.

Yea it actually makes a pretty big difference, I can turn the pedal on and you can hardly even tell I engaged it you just get the added boost.
#11
jebus

the SD-1 is tons easier to mod, the bits are much bigger
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#13
Quote by AdamDK
Nice work Ibby Psycho. +1 to what Steve said and for the record...

SD-1 > Bad Monkey


Really, no.
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#14
Quote by AdamDK
Nice work Ibby Psycho. +1 to what Steve said and for the record...

SD-1 > Bad Monkey


No, i've tried both (and owned an SD1). And stock, the BM is better all around.
The SD1 is more moddable though, so that could be a big plus.
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#15
Quote by IbanezPsycho
I actually dont know what his mods are but yea from his discriptions its pretty much the badder monkey minus the additional gain. And I take it he is doing the bass mod and passing it off as badder bass drive. Its crazy how steep his prices are I was doing these mods for a whole lot cheaper.

Yea it actually makes a pretty big difference, I can turn the pedal on and you can hardly even tell I engaged it you just get the added boost.


Yeah, what you did is basically what the Badder monkey is, except you didn't have the Bass boost.

I know who you're referring to, and you're right, his prices are WAY too steep.
#16
Quote by darkarbiter7
No, i've tried both (and owned an SD1). And stock, the BM is better all around.
The SD1 is more moddable though, so that could be a big plus.


I prefer the SD-1 stock. But it's just my opinion.
#17
Ah. I just felt that the BM was more natural sounding than the SD1.

Anyways, I wonder if a mod like this would work well on the Screamin Blues.
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#19
Quote by dudey5691
Yeah, what you did is basically what the Badder monkey is, except you didn't have the Bass boost.

I know who you're referring to, and you're right, his prices are WAY too steep.


Yup, for close to the same cost Keeley reworks tubescreamers and replaces a good bit of the circuitry. This guy replaces 2-3 things max adds on a huge sticker price and calls it as day.

Quote by darkarbiter7
Ah. I just felt that the BM was more natural sounding than the SD1.

Anyways, I wonder if a mod like this would work well on the Screamin Blues.


Its possible there all pretty close circuit wise, crack one open and see what she looks like on the inside..


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I expect you had a schem in order to do this?

...Could you PM it to me/post it?


Sorry man, Digitech keeps there schematics on lock down I've tried a number of times to get my hands on one. If I can get my hands on one in the future i'll be sure to shoot you over a pm.

But yea, this mod was one of those scour the internet for any type of info you can find then put the pieces together. Add in a bit of trial and error and there ya go. Also its a similiar mod I do on tube screamers and being there based on the same circuit it wasnt that hard to figure out
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#20
nice
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#22
Thanks IP, you should post a video on youtube showing installation of these and I am tempted to change the LED on most of my pedals now!

Edit: What size LED would i require for boss and Digitech pedals?

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Last edited by Lycan_Ste at Jan 2, 2009,
#23
Bump for IbanezPsycho.

How easy is it to change caps on Digitech pedals?

I want to give mine (Grunge) a smoother sound and get rid of that trebly harshness.
Also, i want to install a super bright blue LED.

HELP!!

(This is if i dont manage to sell it...but i think im gonna hang on to it for now and see if i can do this.)

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1035243
#25
Oh go to hell.

I just plugged in my Grunge, and honestly, it's a pretty decent pedal.
Tweaked right, with some Noise reduction, it can get some kickass sounds.

Harshness is still there a bit though....and i REALLY want a pedal with a blue LED.
#26
Quote by Lycan_Ste
Thanks IP, you should post a video on youtube showing installation of these and I am tempted to change the LED on most of my pedals now!

Edit: What size LED would i require for boss and Digitech pedals?


Tubescreamers, Digitech are 5mm and Boss are 3mm

Quote by unet
Bump for IbanezPsycho.

How easy is it to change caps on Digitech pedals?

I want to give mine (Grunge) a smoother sound and get rid of that trebly harshness.
Also, i want to install a super bright blue LED.

HELP!!

(This is if i dont manage to sell it...but i think im gonna hang on to it for now and see if i can do this.)

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1035243


Caps are pretty easy along with the led as long as your familiar with soldering and de-soldering. As for everything else that is surface mounted good luck on that one
Last edited by IbanezPsycho at Jan 15, 2009,
#27
Thanks IP i ripped my Death Metal pedal apart then saw that it was soldered so i wont be changing it but thanks!

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#29
Quote by IbanezPsycho
Tubescreamers, Digitech are 5mm and Boss are 3mm

Caps are pretty easy along with the led as long as your familiar with soldering and de-soldering. As for everything else that is surface mounted good luck on that one


Well i can't change anything else, so...

Anyway, if i put in a brighter blue LED, will there be resistance isssues?
Also, can i just solder a diode in parallel to one already mounted?
And also, how the hell do i open the damn pedal?

Also, one mine is open, if i upload pics, can you help figure out which caps to change to reduce harsh trebleness?
#30
Undo the screws then undo the washers that hold the input output in then gently lift. Sorry if this is vague but its 1 am.

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#32
anyone try modding a 2 tier'd rotary switch with dfferent cap values in place of the transparency mod?

I figure I could do that and have a Mid Boost, Stock, Transparent 1, 2, 3, selector.
#33
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#38
how do you add gain for this?
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#39
stupid quick replys...

Im about to mod my BM and I was wondering if the brand of the caps (Mallory, Orange Drops, etc..) would affect the tone of the pedal.

What caps did you use for the mod???

Would really appreciate an answer
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#40
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