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The bad monkey was my first od pedal, and remarkably, it's still on my board. Very natural and amplike, it nicely compliments many styles. It has much more versatility in tone shaping then a tube screamer, and much better value. Many claim this $30 box is better then many $300 boutique pedals. However, this isn't just another cheap tube screamer clone. It has a much different vibe. Once you hear it, you'll understand. For the price, it's amazing. A great site for the bad monkey is http://www.guitarforworship.com/?p=729
This pedal is well designed, simple to change the battery, the controls work and actually do influence the quality and quantity of tube overdrive you get. Sturdy construction, solid sound, good price=good pedal.
Its a cheap pedal that fit extremely well if you want to play blues and even rock. This pedal has a voice that is similar to the tube screamer. I`m currently using it as a level booster to my TS9DX.
I'm using the Bad Monkey as my low drive option. It has a really bassy sound perfect for a low blues driver, but if you push that High knob it will give you all the sharpness you need for the more dynamic sounds.
Having the option to control the low and the high frequencies independently really gives you a whole lot of new options and routes for your sounds and vibes.
The only thing I would change about this pedal is the gain spectrum. The regular overdrive gain level is PERFECT however it really does not behave well on a low gain level (crunchy like sound) it also caps up pretty soon unlike the OCD OD for example.
My most favourite TS-Style Overdrive. Absolute recommendation. Better than the original. The bass and treble knobs makes it sooo versatile. My MXR M77 Custom Badass Modified O.D. has more drive. If you don't need more drive than a TS usally has, get one and get lucky!
I sat down in the store with this pedal and the TS-9. The difference is small, but the difference in price sealed the deal. A $70 Tube Screamer vs this bad boy for a cool $39.99. You get that essential electric blues sound. SRV to John Mayer to Joe Bonamassa to Albert King, a tube screamer/overdrive sound is essential, and this pedal delivers. Even at high volumes, it doesn't clip (not that I noticed anyway). Love it love it love it. I almost always have it on now when I play.
What's small, green, ugly as hell, but works perfectly as a gain booster to push my drives and distortions? The Bad Monkey of course. The best bang for the buck pedal in my set. Besides, if your'e using batteries instead of a dc power unit, it will sound even more sweet. The mixer output is a great feature too, not only to send the signal directly to a mixer but to make the monkey behave more like a transparent drive with absolutely no buzz. Just loving it!
I've bought the pedal because I was looking for the sound of a Ibanez Tube Screamer, but I didn't have the money to buy one. The Bad Monkey is a great, cheap alternative for the Tube Screamer. Of course, the Tube Screamer sounds slightly better, but the price-quality of the Bad Monkey pedal is phenomenal!
In a blind test it wouldn't quite fool you when pitched against a real tube screamer, but I prefer this over the real thing because of the increased amount of distortion available and the individual treble and bass controls. The price is also incredible.