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DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal



Sound Quality

OK...I have been spankin' my Epiphone Valve Jr. 5 watt Tube with the Monkey for the last 8 months & I can't get a bad sound out of it...it LOVES tubes & single coil Pickups fer sure..I own 6 Danelectro's which all have a different character to them & they all sound great thru the Monkey for Blues & beyond (aka AC/DC "crunch")...I bought a Snarling Dog's Blue Doo & although its tru-bypass it fails miserably as a blues pedal-too buzzy (great 6v6 tube emulation-that's it)...I also bought the Digitech Screamin Blues & it was WAY harsh & I sold it...the Bad Monkey represents VERY WELL what an OVERDRIVE pedal should sound like...both the Blue Doo & Screamin Blues (also Blues Driver etc) are very much Distortion Pedals...if your looking for a true BLUES tone look no further..."buy the monkey" I reviewed this when I first bought it & I was not thrilled with the compression but I have found that the minor compression tends to even out & warm up the tone nicely & delivers a nice break up on my Class A amp. Also I recently bought a 1959 Silvertone Christmas Special (made by Dano) & its bright razor edge can only be tamed by adding just O' tad of the monkey... I have found this pedal works great also as a booster in front of my Fuzz pedal & helps to get a more even Fuzz with much less noise & it also Fattens up a good Fuzz if you dial in more bass on the Monkey... Finally just as a pre-amp pedal this will take a thin single coil tone & add some nice Mids & Lows to the Freq...

Reliability/Durability

Its a Digitech-they are built well...

General Comments

If your looking for an OVERDRIVE pedal this is a Tubescreamer for the 21st century...forget the re-issue Ibanez's try this first...or try the Tone Driver also by Digitech it has a wider range...even the Screamin Blues which I personally found a bit harsh is worth a shot...this Digitech line is nice & analog too boot. If the you want more transparency spend a little more & buy a "Badder Monkey" on ebay that has been modified to sound more tru-bypasslike & has even more bottom end...If you feel like Boss just isnt cutting it for you try the Bad Monkey- you'll like its response & versatility...blows the SD-1 away...




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