Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive review by DigiTech

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

Price paid: £ 45

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Sound — 9
I play alot of BFMV, although they use the TS-9, I can still get close to the sound they use. It really does kick the s**t up from the bottom end and pushes it in full force the result one awesome metal tone. Although I don't suggest using it one any small practise amps as it seems to be too much for them. It features High, Low and Gain settings to help adjust that sound.

Overall Impression — 9
I mainly play metal and this pedal has now come in as part of my main setup and I think it will stay there for a while... If it were lost or stolen I would buy it again, I know there are people going to hurt me for saying this but I rate this little bad boy over the TS-9 and is definately a cheaper alternative to it as well. I reccomend all to buy!

Reliability & Durability — 10
The durability of thing is really great, I could probably launch this up in the air and let it land on the pavement and I could still use it at gig without the worry of it failing, I have had the same battery in since I bought a couple of months ago and I play usually for a couple of hours a day and its still going so theres a +

Ease of Use — 9
I bought this from a recommendation from a guitar DVD (metal rhythm in 6 weeks) in seconds I was able to set this little bad boy up with the gain fx from my amp and the result was awesome! It comes with a little handbook on different settings but tbf you can find your own personal one in seconds (I really mean this lol).

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    mfergel wrote: 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.
    Exactly. I think this point is lost on a lot of the reviewers and comments here who seem confused as to what this pedals purpose is. You can use it to achieve some mild crunch on a clean channel but it's purpose is to push the tubes in an already overdriven amp even harder and it does this really, really well. A great and very cheap pedal when you know what it's meant for.
    I own Boss Blues Driver and hate every moment I spend time with it until I got Bad Monkey! wuhooooo!