Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (138 votes)
DigiTech: Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive

Sound — 8
I am using a Cruiser by Crafter RG600, with a Denio CH-40 Chorus pedal, through an old Stagg amp. The pedal is a very noisy pedal if you turn it right up, though if you strive to get an amazing tone from it, you find it can be a subtle noise as well. This pedal is always very strong sounding, unless the battery is running out at which point the effect isnt so good. I am able to get a good sound out of it and I can replicate the sounds of many of my favourite artists, such as Cream. I can also manage to get a good Nirvana sound out of it.

Overall Impression — 9
I really play classic rock and blues and also a lot of grunge. This pedal is(as far as I am concerned) a good match, as I can get a very good sound out of it for all the music that I play.I have been playing for two years and I own a Denio CH-40 Chorus pedal aswell. If this pedal was stolen, I would take after the person Who stole it. When I caught them, I would take the Bad Monkey and Drive it through their skull. I would then take the Bad Monkey and enough of their money so that I could buy a new one and have two! The thing that I love most about this pedal is that it doesnt't take long to make a great sound with it. However, the only bad thing about it is that it eats batteries like they are going out of fashion. I compared this product with the other pedals in Digitech's distortion range and decided that it was the one that was most versatile.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Generally speaking, you can depend on this pedal. It will always give you an amazing Overdrive. However, if you are not going to use a power supply, be warned, it eats bateries. Especially if you leave the leads plugged in. I would take it to a gig without backup, though I would definitely make sure I took a spare battery with me, or I would change the battery before I left for the gig.

Ease of Use — 9
This pedal is one of the easiest pedals to get a good sound from. You literally turn the knobs and you have a great tube overdrive sound. You do get a manual with it, but that just tells you where to plug the leads in and what each knob does. There is also a small catalogue that comes with it that shows all of Digitech's stompboxes and in there you can find some settings to start you off.

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    i have had this pedal for 1.5 years and it rocks. its no tubescreamer but it gives boss a run for their money. surprisingly real tube tone and highly versatile. however, i recommend the BBE GREENSCREAMER, it is an exact copy of a Tubescreamer, just of higher quality, analog circuitry, and true bypass, all for 100 dollars.
    the point of this pedal (and i own two of them) isn't to get balls-out heavy. it's digitech's take on the tubescreamer circuit, so keep that in mind. it wasn't made to do high gain stuff. it was made to add just a little grit to your tone and boost an already-distorted signal. that's the difference between distortion and overdrive. it's a great effect--especially since it's all analog, true bypass, and $30 new on eBay.