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DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

Sound Quality

It is an overdrive, no high gain distortion, no death metal pedal. What it should do (offer tube like overdrive like a Tube Screamer) it does very fine. Higher gain levels lose a little bit of definition, but lower to middle gain settings sound really good. It is a warm overdrive, not too dynamic, but not too compressed. Like a Tube Screamer with enough bass (thanks to the bass control) and with enough, but not too much trebles. I like the overdrive character in front of a clean tube amp, and it sounds good if you want to drive an overdriven tube amp a little harder. I use humbucker guitars with gibson scale, maily made of mahagoni wit hrosewood fret boards. There are pedals that are more dynamic, that have better overtones, but they usually cost at least 2 or even 4 times more. All in all a good sounding, TS-like pedal that gets the job done, and this quite good.


Built like a tank. Heavy and very stable metal chassis, reliable foot switch, precise controlls that are not too unstable. 10 of 10 because it hardly can be better.

General Comments

It sounds good, has (thanks to the 2.band-EQ) lots of different sounds on board and is built like a tank.

And it is really cheap. 9 of 10.

If you look for a TS-like overdrive, you hardly can do wrong buying this cheapo pedal.

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