Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive review by DigiTech

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

Price paid: $ 58.56

Purchased from: GAK

Sound — 9
The pedal's pretty quiet. I'm running a Fender Standard Strat through this straight into my Valve Jr. It gets a great bluesy Overdrive tone, and is very effective at mimicking natural Overdrive. The effect is strong, and sounds great. Mine doesn't eat batteries. It lasted 2 months on the battery it came with of about 1-2 hours a day of playing. It nails Clapton tones, and SRV tones pretty well, it really makes a Strat sing. Imagine a TS-808. Add a High and a Low control, add a bit more grit, take a bit of gain away and you've got a Bad Monkey. 9 here.

Overall Impression — 9
I play blues, blues rock, classic rock and the like. It's a perfect match for my playing along with my Strat and Valve Jr. I've been playing for a few years, one year solidly. It's the best in the pricerange, I love everything about it. Suits me to a tee, it really is an amazing pedal for 32. There really is no competition for it in that pricerange.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Reliable? Sure. Just look at it, massive metal case, battery entombed inside with more metal. I'd gig it without a backup. It's pretty heavy for an OD pedal too, gotta be a good sign of durability. Loads heftier than Boss pedals. 9 for reliability & durability.

Ease of Use — 9
As overdrives go, this thing is great. It's totally simple to use, with a level control, high + low controls, and a gain control, more controls than a Tubescreamer. You can get the sound you're after in about a minute. I've compared it to my Valve Jr's natural OD, and with the right settings, it sounds almost exactly the same but at a more acceptable volume! Comes with a battery, manuals + suggestions for settings, everything you need. 9 for ease of use.

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    After buying the Metal Master pedal, I vowed never to buy Digitech again. It was awful. Ok if you want to sound flat and characterless, but it made my mind up to invest in a Boss GT8. Now that is a wicked piece of kit!!
    Yeah, folks don't seem to fully understand this pedal. This pedal is at it's best pushing an already overdriven amp, like a JCM800. I use it with my JCM2000 DSL. Turn on the green channel crunch and push it with the Bad Monkey. We are talking thick tone. It's really not going to help a solid state amp.
    on the contrary mfergel i use it through SS amps and it sounds amazing! Its great with my ibanez s-470 and when i need a bit more boost i stick on my EQ (i use it as a boost pedal) and hey presto-solo tone