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DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

Sound Quality

I use mainly a Tele or Strat thru a SF Deluxe Reverb and I lean towards blues and classic rock with funk, R&B, and reggae excursions. The Bad Monkey is a Tube Screamer clone with bass and treble controls. Compared to my modded TS-9 it is smoother, and has a wider less nasal midrange peak. It has more gain than the stock TS and it is mostly quiet even with the gain maxed. As with any TS circuit the original bass from your rig is rolled off and cannot be dialed back in. The "bass" knob is really a "low mid" knob and can add some additional fatness to your tone but becomes muddy/tubby by about 3 o'clock on the dial and is uselessly thin left of noon. The treble control never gets raspy and is useful from noon to max depending on what you like. The gain provides useful tones throughout its entire range and maintains some dynamics at most settings


The build quality is on par with the Boss line and the knobs, jacks and switch all feel solid. I don't forsee any issues.

General Comments

I really like the midrange voicing on this pedal and the tone knobs allow for an extra degree of control that never existed with the original TS design. That said, I have found only one use for TS style pedals and that is to add midrange thickness to single coils for leads. The Bad Monkey sounds very good in this capacity and will be replacing my venerable TS-9 which I always thought was too nasal. Overall I find this pedal to be superior to any offering by Ibanez (including the 808 reissues which are merely marketing hype) and as good as some of the "booteek" TS clones/mods I have heard. If you've always wondered what the fuss was about the TS then give the bad monkey a try.

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