52 pedals, week 6—DigiTech Bad Monkey

For over two years I’ve been writing weekly posts about random pieces of guitar gear I wish I owned. Now that I think about it, why does anybody come back to read this stuff? I’ll never know. Having said that, last week I dropped the ball. I let my real-world life get in the way of a good article. When I say good, I don’t mean it. Clearly I was naughty. Bad Monkey!

And with that piece of honesty I’ve linked to this week’s pedal. Last week’s pedal really. Let’s kick it into overdrive.

See what I did there?

The DigiTech Bad Monkey is a tube overdrive pedal that adds crunch (overdrive) to your tube amplifier whether you’re using the clean or overdrive channel. On the clean channel the tones get dirtier. On the overdriven channel, the tones become almost distorted. From a tone perspective, the pedal seems to sound amazing. For example …

Can you have a sentence lead into a video for further information? I’m going to say “Yes you can. Stop asking questions!”

The way the Bad Monkey works is by boosting the output of your guitar signal. The pedal also features knobs for the level, gain, low and high frequencies. You can really hear the difference the low and high knobs make to the guitar’s tone in the embedded video above.

Perhaps the coolest feature in the pedal is the dual outputs. Why is this cool? Because the second output is the Mixer output which emulates a cabinet so you plug the pedal straight into your mixing board or recording device. Often people will use a feature like this directly from an amplifier. If you’re purely interested in recording, this is an excellent feature.

Everything else in the pedal is standard guitar pedal fare. 9 volt battery compatibility? You bet. Metal chassis? Absolutely. A series of monkeys with typewriters to put together Blog posts better than this one? You wish.

Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar pedal. I have not experienced first-hand the sound or effects of this guitar pedal. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

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