#1
Hey guys this is my first thread here, i figured you guys could help me out. I have a MIM strat (REALLY considering changing pickups), a stock Digitech bad monkey, and a Epi valve jr combo v3. I've been experimenting for awhile now with the setup and sure enough...I CANT GET ANY FREAKIN DISTORTION. ive tried just guitar -> amp, neck pup, valve jr. volume at max, pup volume at about 3 or 4, NOTHING. ive added the bad monkey, putting it at max gain setting...nothing! HELP...
My Rig:

Fender Strat MIM (looking for new pups...any recommendations!??!?)

Babicz Identity Electric-Acoustic

Digitech Bad Monkey

Epi Valve Jr. V3 Combo (GE el84, Tung-Sol 12ax7 reissue)
#3
EVJ arent designed to be high gain amps.

Plus your putting a transistor distortion in the circuit, and one thats not really designed for mega gain.

I reccomend saving your pennies and buying a valve driven distortion pedal, i reccomend Blackstar, theyre pricey, but the gain you get, coupled with the 2 extra valves (Its a single valve that has 2 thigns in, ergo 2 valves) add more tube power to the circuit, increasing the gain, and getting a more natural, not harsh transistor distortion!

My 2 pence

Pence, UK FTW!
#5
Thanks for the help
My Rig:

Fender Strat MIM (looking for new pups...any recommendations!??!?)

Babicz Identity Electric-Acoustic

Digitech Bad Monkey

Epi Valve Jr. V3 Combo (GE el84, Tung-Sol 12ax7 reissue)