Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (138 votes)
DigiTech: Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive

Purchased from: Music Pro

Sound — 10
Right now I am using a Les Paul Studio and a Roland Cube 30 amp on the classic stack modeling which is basically modeled after a Marshall I believe. Anyhow the sound is beautifull, it has a nice low warm fuzz sound or with some tweaking some nice attacking loud crisp fuzz, it has a very classic rock sound, reminisent of hendrix or even Zeppelin if tuned correctly. If your into Wolfmother this is the pedal for you!

Overall Impression — 10
I am in love with this pedal, I play a lot of different kinds of music but I use this specifically for classic rock sounds, and I use it for playing lots of Wolfmother. I've had it for little under a month now and if it was stolen I would totally buy it again.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Nothing so far wrong with it, it's a metal casing and it's been beautifull so far. The knobs are all lowered and pretty rough to turn so there's no accidental movement and messing up of your tone you got going, I've knocked it around a bit accidently and no damage to it so far!

Ease of Use — 8
Pretty damn simple to use like any effects pedal, you got your high and your low, your gain and your volume, all very basic. There is a manual that comes with it that shows factory settings and other of digitechs products. Also it has a second output port for a mixing board which is always nifty.

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    ^umm no. It's not supposed to make a solid state sound like a tube amp. Everyone would buy cheap SS amps and this inexpensive pedal if they could achive tube tone with very little money. Like people have said before, it can either: A) Be used on a clean channel to help break it up a bit for very light bluesy overdrive OR B) Boost an already overdriven TUBE amp to get thicker tone. / rant
    Sid McCall
    nickwarhead wrote: I use this to push my marshall JCM 900. Works good for that. Its not real powerful on its own but pushing an already high gain tube amp is sort of what it is made for I think...
    no. mayyyybe soft green day (waiting, stuff like that)
    Second Rate
    zacky gates wrote: can this pedal do metal (avenged sevenfold)? or rock (greenday)?
    This pedal is an overdrive pedal, it's not made for driving a clean amp into the ground. Typically, in a metal setting, you would stick it out in front of an already distorted amplifier to get a high end boost for solos. If your amp is only a single channel and youre looking to drive the clean channel to meltdown, i would reccomend a BOSS MT-2. I've personally found most of digitech's distortion pedals to be a little wanting. That said, this particular overdrive pedals serves its purpose pretty well, but as someone already said, it is no Tube Screamer.
    i used to work at guitar center and in my time there i tried every pedal known to man and i have to say digitech is complete crap spend the extra money and go with a boss pedal.
    Most of these reviews were by people who don't know that overdrive pedals are for TUBE AMPS, they are supposed to give you a boost, you aren't supposed to use them with a solid state on a clean channel. Its for overdriving your tube amp even more.
    basically this pedal is designed to make a solid state amp sound like an over-driven tube, but it doesnt really work, if you want the tube amp sound, buy a tube amp + tubescreamer, its the only way.