Bad Monkey praise

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Renardm, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. Renardm

    Renardm Member

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    I have been using a SD-1 mainly as a boost for my JCM 800 combo. I am a at home player so it sounded ok for my needs. I picked up a Bad Monkey this week and all I can say is wow! Much less hissy than the SD-1 and much more transparent. Can't believe that a $50 pedal could sound so good!
     
  2. protoangel

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    yeah! With a ballsy bottom-end thump to it too!

    Works very well with Marshalls, not so well with Hiwatts but still damn good.

    The clean boost i.e. level on full/overdrive on zero is still quite dirty and aggressive (I guess they use a cheap chip) but who cares? its really ballsy
     
  3. Renardm

    Renardm Member

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    Yes, it does add more dirt than the SD-1 with the gain on zero but in a good way.
     
  4. KCWM

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    I wonder how hard it would be to switch out the chip if that is the issue.

    I have one that's currently sitting to the side of my board, but I think I'm about to put it back on and remove the Boss DS-1 since my Keeley TS-9 can get a close sound to the DS-1.
     
  5. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for Silver Supporting Member

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    I don't think the chip is the reason for the zero-gain dirt. The circuit is most likely a diode clipper, like a Tube Screamer and a zillion other designs.

    But yeah, it's a freakin' awesome pedal. I love mine.
     
  6. Snakum

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    I love my Monkey(s). :)
     
  7. Kapo_Polenton

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    Definitely more transparent than the SD-1. The SD-1 has fuller gain that kicks in sooner but it is splatty, noisy, and not as smooth. I find this too. Wish the monkey's gain would kick in a little better though. Gets a tad messy turned up past 1/4 for me.Also use it with a JCM800 and a plexi clone. Like it better than the BB.
     
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    If you want more gain, try stacking it with another OD. BM + Germ = mostly transparent, lightly compressed thunder.
     
  9. CocoTone

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    Better yet,,stack it after a good germanium fuzz, and look out!!:cool:

    CT.
     
  10. grado

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    For the money the Bad Monkey is a great pedal.

    I found the overall feel and sound to be similar to my BK Butler Tube Driver, although I felt the monkey had a bit of a weird "I'm playing in a tunnel" kind of sound to it.

    I like the Butler TD quite a bit more so I sold the Monkey but at 1/7 the price of the Butler TD it's pretty darn awesome.
     
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    Do you guys have clips of the monkey + germanium fuzz? Remember, i am also already jamming on a plexi set to 8.
     
  12. Snakum

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    I am still amazed at how much I can get from a pair of Bad Monkeys, even though one of them is now the uber-smooth Spank'd Monkey from ToneJam FX. With all the high-end/booteek pedals I have bought and sold or now own, I still turn to the Monkus for my SRV vibe into a clean amp and to goose my MojoDrive for some of my solos.

    I am still in love with the little green wonder. I could easily go back to playing two Monkuses and nothing else, if I had to. Especially with one of them being a Spank'd Monkey.

    $50 ... nothing comes close for twice the price. And nothing bests it for what it does best for three times the price. :D
     
  13. ToneJamFX

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    Glad to see you're still digging the mod.

    :BEER
     
  14. GuitarsFromMars

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    I have noted a fair amount of monkeylove...
     
  15. MightyGuru

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    It's a great box. A buddy of mine compares it favorably to his Klon.
     
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    Ahhhhh. But then it's not a Bad Monkey.

    brianf
     
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    LOVE mine!
    it sounds great teamed with any of my keeley pedals, or just by itself when i want a ballsier sound!
    I also stack it with my OD on my Omega HRD, sounds FANTASTIC!!!
     
  18. CocoTone

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    If you click on either link in my signature, you will hear tons of examples of that very setup. "I feel good" is a perfect example of that pairing. Either a Super Reverb, or an old Traynor Guitarmate was used on the recordings.

    CT.
     

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