DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Smooth, dynamic overdrive to boost your sound.

The DigiTech Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive Pedal gives your amp a boost right where you need it, sending your signal from clean to smooth, classic overdrive with character and dynamics. Low and High tone controls give you the flexibility to boost or cut the bass and treble frequencies for just the right sound. The Level knob boosts the output level of your signal, and the Gain knob controls the level of overdrive distortion. The Amp output runs into the input of your amplifier and the dedicated Mixer output has a cabinet emulation circuit that lets you run direct into a mixer or recorder when you don't want to lug your amp along.

Features
  • High, Low, Level, and Gain controls

Think of it as one, giant green tube that you put on your pedalboard. Get a Bad Monkey and supercharge your amp's tone. Order today!

 

DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal Specifications:

  • Type: Overdrive
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DigiTechDBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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If this pedal was hand-painted,it would sell for $150 to $250.

This pedal excels at overdriven Fender sounds.It can do so much more,though. Every knob tweek can seriously alter this pedal's character. Be patient and experiment! Just remember, it's only an overdrive pedal ...Read complete review

This pedal excels at overdriven Fender sounds.It can do so much more,though. Every knob tweek can seriously alter this pedal's character. Be patient and experiment! Just remember, it's only an overdrive pedal and can only enhance what you already have. It does this beautifully, though. At this price, consider it a gift from the gods!

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Skip the Bad Monkey, get the Boss SD1

At the same price point the Boss SD1 is the better pedal. Doesn't have the tone adjustments of the BM but preserves dynamics and has more presence.

At the same price point the Boss SD1 is the better pedal. Doesn't have the tone adjustments of the BM but preserves dynamics and has more presence.

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3.0

Skip the Bad Monkey, get the Boss SD1

By Mister Moneybags

from California

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Solid construction

Cons

  • Kills Dynamics

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    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    At the same price point the Boss SD1 is the better pedal. Doesn't have the tone adjustments of the BM but preserves dynamics and has more presence.

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    5.0

    Excellent. low-cost tube simulator

    By GaryM

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This product performed for me exactly as advertised. It creates a solid, warm, tube amp sound through a solid state amp. I played it through my Line6 Spider II 75-watt solid state amp. So far I tried it only with my inexpensive Washburn solid body guitar. It produced a tight, fat sound on single notes that sounded very much like a tube amp. By that I mean it had that slight overdriven, tube sound that involves just a little gain. I set the level at full, the low at 5, the high at 2, and the gain at 2 (knobs have markings ranging from 0 to 10.) The level at full gives a mild but noticeable boost when you click the pedal on, which is excellent for soloing.

    This is not a distortion pedal, but for those looking for a classic blues or rock sound out of a solid state amp, I think this will satisfy most players. A player that appreciates something that is subtle but still obvious will like this pedal. It can even be used for jazz when the gain setting is kept low and maybe the level at 5 or less. With full or nearly full level, and the gain turned up rather high, it will produce more of that overdriven, harmonically rich tube sound of loud classic rock, and without setting your amp volume up high. I use it for both these genres.

    Overall, I give this the highest rating, especially considering its low cost. The four controls allow for a lot of tweaking to accommodate the many guitar and amp combinations that people use. The body is very sturdy metal, the controls work fine, and the switch is silent, which makes it physically equal to the Boss brand pedals. The design for getting at the 9-volt battery is a little different, but just as easy. There are no weaknesses; the buyer should just understand what this pedal is for -- it's not for the big distortion expected in metal, etc. I love it.

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    5.0

    The Bad Monkey is Bad!

    By da-no

    from Farson, Wy.

    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I had heard this pedal before, used by another player thru a Mesa amp so I knew it was a great sound. For my own application- various tube and ss amps, Marshall and Fender included, the sound is excellent. Full and sustaining with the breakup of true overdrive. This pedal has a wider frequency range than a TS. No mid hump. But you can set an EQ pedal or Comp or Booster w/mid in front of it. Sort of like having two channels. Since the mid eq is preset it will not give a Metal type sound. So if you want good old cranked amp overdrive you will not be disappointed.

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    4.0

    Great Boost - not too awe inspiring as a stand alone overdrive

    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is actually my 2nd Bad Monkey. 1st off, I don't think this is destined to be as sought after as other reviewers make it sound. It sounds kind of synthetic using it in front of a clean amp, I seem to always go back to my SD-1. Based on using this as a stand alone overdrive it gets a 3 star rating , but i don't use it as my main overdrive. It works really well as a lead boost for a distortion pedal. I prefer a mellow crunch w/ a bunch of high end when I play rhythms, but when I solo, I prefer a saturated, fat/round tone. This works great for that. Crank the bass, drop the highs to about 50% & you have a nice saturated warm lead tone. Hence the 4 stars, no other pedal I've used has that ability (at this price range). For the price, it makes a great back up pedal, or 1st O/D for a beginner, I'm just not all that high on it for anything other then a boost. However, that is my opinion and I could be worng.

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    5.0

    Bad Monkey is a Very Good Monkey

    By Joe Chiocca

    from Manassas, Virginia

    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The Bad Monkey is much better than a "good for the money" dirt pedal. It is capable of a great clean boost, as well as a low to medium- gain warm overdrive pedal. It is not completely transparent as you do get a little mids-edge lift. but that is a good thing for soloing and you still have seperate Low/High tone controls. Its a very versatile pedal for classic rock, jazz, blues and contry, Not a metal pedal or hard distortion pedal unless you "stack" it with another OD, Love the Monkey!

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    5.0

    Performs as Advertised

    By GaryM

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I was pleased to find that the DigiTech Bad Monkey pedal sounds just the way I expected, based on other customer reviews. It is an overdrive boost. It beefs up your sound but doesn't hide the natural tone quality of your guitar. Although some reviewers thought it worked best with tube amps, I tried it with my solid state 75 watt Line6 Spider III, and I loved it right away. The Bad Monkey creates a "classic rock" sound that can be kept fairly clean, so can be fine for electric blues, or even some jazz. I've only tried it out once for the sound described above. I have a feeling that finding the right combination of level, high, low, and gain settings could result in some fine controlled distortion sounds.

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    5.0

    Inexpensive overdrive

    By rlane2k

    from Mason, MI

    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Performs well when compared to the Ibanez Tube Screamer and the Fulltone OCD if you consider the price difference. Sounds better on tubes than solid-state amps but both are pretty good. I like the flexability of the eq and the sounds range from blues to classic rock.

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    5.0

    Great tube-screamer clone

    By JimB

    from St. Louis, Mo

    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is a great tube screamer clone. DigiTech pedals are built like little tanks. Nothing flimsy about them. This pedal provides a nice boost when engaged but still cleans up when lowering the guitars volume. Get it - it's great. Factor in the price and you can't go wrong.

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    5.0

    This monkey may get on your back, Dude!

    By Joe Freene

    from Georgia

    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Talkin' 'bout-cher bad-a-- monkey! Whoah! This box rawks and a half! I compare it to somewhere in between an 808 and TS 9.

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    5.0

    Dude, this thing ROKS!

    By Matt Q

    from Wellsboro, PA

    Comments about DigiTech DBM Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This was the first pedal I ever got... I loved it then, and 2 years later I still can't put it down. You definitely need a distortion pedal as well if you wanna play rock though. I thought it would work as a distortion pedal as well, but it doesn't. This is fairly smooth, but doesn't have as much of a thick tone... but it's amazing for lead, with just about any guitar! DEFINITELY a number one buy.

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