Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (138 votes)
DigiTech: Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive

Price paid: C$ 50

Purchased from: Long and Mcquade

Sound — 9
This pedal is not noisy with humbuckers or single coils. It has a high output volume. This is a good low gain pedal, it is a subtle Tube Screamer type pedal. The secret of this pedal lies in the high/low knobs, it is important to set it right (Strat has high boosted and low back maybe one tick, the opposite for a Les Paul, and same for a Telecaster) that is in my opinion how this pedal gets a bad rep is when people do comparisons with a Tube Screamer but they don't dial in their guitar. But for the money you cannot beat it!

Overall Impression — 10
For a Fender Blues to a SRV tone it can't be beat by anything in this price range so happy I stumbled upon it, it does work well with my Blues Driver, OCD, DS-1 and Big Muff. I would definitely buy another if I lost it or it was stolen. I love this peal so much as it is such a good all around Overdrive for me without breaking the bank. I do wish this pedal had a button that you could change from subtle OD to grittier (like the OCD) but its still a great little pedal, can't beat it for the price!

Reliability & Durability — 9
I have done several gigs with it without issue I wouldn't worry about build quality, because it is so essential to my sound I do carry another overdrive, but I am not overly concerned with it the knobs are solid the foot switch is trustworthy, man I just love this pedal!

Ease of Use — 10
This pedal is really easy to use with only four knobs its pretty hard to get a bad sound out of this thing if you can dial in your guitars "tone". There is nothing I dislike about this pedal, so worth it you should definitely try it if you are considering, because it is not for everyone, but it sure is for me!

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    Would this work like a tubescreamer in terms of making a metal amp tighter and more midrangey?