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DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Tube-Overdrive Analog-Distortion Pedal

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  • Controls: Level, Low, High, Gain
  • Dual Outputs for amp and direct recording
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Product Description

Product Description

Bad Monkey™ The Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive gives your guitar amp a boost just when you need it. This rugged pedal produces the smooth natural character of an overdriven tube amp while maintaining your guitar's distinct tone. Low and High tone controls give you the flexibility to boost or cut the bass and treble frequencies for just the right sound. Get a Bad Monkey and supercharge your amp’s tone

From the Manufacturer

The Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive gives your guitar amp a boost just when you need it. This rugged pedal produces the smooth natural character of an overdriven tube amp while maintaining your guitar's distinct tone. Low and High tone controls give you the flexibility to boost or cut the bass and treble frequencies for just the right sound. Get a Bad Monkey and supercharge your amp's tone.

Features

  • Level boosts the output level of your guitar signal.
  • Low adjusts boost and cut of bass frequencies.
  • High adjusts boost and cut of upper harmonics.
  • Gain provides smooth tube amp distortion to your sound.
  • Dual Outputs. The Amp output is for connecting directly to a guitar amplifier. The Mixer output features Cabinet Emulation circuitry for connecting directly to a mixing board or recording device.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 2.5 x 3.6 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B0002F4VBM
  • Item model number: DBM Bad Monkey Pedal
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,233 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By L. Wesolowski on October 15, 2004
Wow. What a pedal! It completely outshines the TS-808 Reissue and costs over $100 less. What could be better? I did a side by side comparison with these two and the Monkey just screamed! The sweetest tone that I've ever heard! Woot! The tonal varieties with the 4 knobs, in combination with your guitar's volume, gives you from crackling tube amp to revved up Big Muff type sound. If you play blues, classic rock, or even some heavier rock, this pedal is a must for you. Make any solid state amp sing like an old Fender tube that's cranked to 11!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Herb A. Genelly III on April 1, 2009
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OK...here's the drill...a lot of semi-pro or pro musicians cringe at the thought of putting a Digitech "anything" in their signal chain. But recently, I went to a local venue, and heard this guy playing super transpearent lead guitar lines, while maintaing the sound of his single coil insturment, but it sounded like tubes being overdriven, all from a 15 watt amp. I snuck a peak at his modest pedal board....and there was a Badmonkey!

This pedal took the place of a handmade pedal on my board that was 5 times the cost! YouTube has some great vid reviews. But this will be the best $49 you'll spend on a pedal desinged to maintain the integrity of you guitars unique sound, yet give you enough dirt/grind to feel like you're playing through a Narrow Panel Tweed at 10. This is NOT for Metal Heads...this is strictly old school, blues, country or jazz/fusion only. Combine it with a ZD or TS, and it's magic on a budget!DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Love Lee on January 4, 2010
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I had a Digitech Grunge pedal for a while when I first started playing, and swore anything Digitech off my effects loop afterwards. 3 years of playing later, I was looking for a nice warm sounding overdrive and ended up reading some reviews of this pedal. Not wanting to spend much money on a boutique pedal, I decided to give this baby a try. I was very surprised.
This pedal is pure analog, and gives you a nice warm tone. I like to play it with the neck pickup to get a very Stevie-Ray Vaughn sound. When I play on amps with no overdrive channel, I run this with a mxr distortion pedal (light distortion) to get a good distorted overdrive tone, good for hard rock or metal riffs and solos.
The Bad Monkey won't give you rock and roll gain, rather it boosts your tone quite a bit. If you're running clean and hit it, you will get a good tube amp sound, driving those tubes nicely. If you're playing with some decent gain and hit this, you'll get a boosted tone with a rise in gain, but your sound won't break up.
As always, this pedal sounds better according to how nice your amp is. It WILL work fine with a solid state amp too though. In fact, that's what I'm running mine into at home. Let me say though, if you play this thing into a nice tube amp with the volume cranked, your guitar will sing.
The bass response is pretty damn fine on the Bad Monkey. There is always a nice low-end presence even while playing on the high frets.
If you're looking for a pedal to start out with though, this probably isn't a good choice, unless you know you want this sound. This pedal isn't extremely versatile, but does what it does very well. It handles a nice Texas blues/SRV type of sound to some pop rock like blink-182, green day, ect. Make sure this is what you're looking for before you buy it though. As long as you aren't expecting a pedal capable of creating high gain or distortion, you will more than likely be very pleased with your choice.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Crane on August 11, 2006
Now, I know what everyone's thinking; "Oh man....digitech, how good can it be?" And given Digitech's track record, I won't blame you for your skepticism. But let me tell you, digitech got it right with this one. This is one of the warmest sounding pedals I have ever heard, easily on par with with the Tube Screamer reissue (I had the opportunity to test both side by side).

I refuse to give the pedal a five star rating, because tone is to a large extent subjective and no matter what pedal you play someone, somewhere, is always going to prefer a different one. And the five star rating itself is incredibly over used and gives the impression of fan-boyism.

That said, for the price of this pedal, it's not going to push your retirement back and significant length of time, so even in the event that you don't care for it, it's no huge loss. I would strongly advise everyone at least test this pedal out before shelling out possibly hundreds on boutique overdrive pedals that sound potentially far worse than this one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AF on July 9, 2013
We live in an age of endless boutique guitar effect pedals. One could make a very expensive hobby of collecting only high dollar dirt pedals. It's not unusual to see an online review and think a pedal sounds good then find out that it costs $150, $200, $250, $350...whatever. There are a LOT of really expensive distortion/OD pedals out there.

I've had my Bad Monkey for about 7 years, after hearing good things I took a chance and gigged with it for many years. I rarely use a lot of gain on most pedals, just because those fuzzier tones can easily get lost in the mix. I generally use the Bad Monkey for mid-gain crunch tones, and for that it's just fantastic.

Having two tone controls makes all the difference. This pedal is Tubescreamer-esque, but not as midrange-heavy as a TS. Anyway, this thing sounds great. Excellent classic rock and lead tones.

The things it WON'T do: 1) a clean boost. It has plenty of output, but there's always a little bit of dirt in the signal, so it can't be used as a pure clean boost. 2) it won't clean up when you turn your guitar down...or at least not much. No dialing in a crunch tone then turning down your guitar volume for a clean rhythm tone. I have a Barber LTD which does that beautifully.

But, despite those limitations, the Bad Monkey is awesome. At the very least it can be a great "throw in your case to take to a jam" pedal, but it's worth having on your pedalboard, as well.
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