Revisiting the Bad Monkey

cber1517

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While waiting on the Timmy pedal to come in the next couple of months, I decided yesterday to pull out the Bad Monkey which has sat unused since I got the Barber Direct Drive and Tone Press pedals, both of which are great. I retired the Bad Monkey because the DD killed it on the gain side with more articulation and dynamic response. What I have not really done is try the Bad Monkey as a clean boost only, no real reason why except perhaps laziness. Anyway, I put it last in line after the DD and TP and turned the gain all the way off with the level at noon and the bass and treble dimed. Wow!! :dude

I am really finding it useful in thickening up the single coil mode on my Seymour Duncan Hot and Cool Rails pickups. This is exactly what I needed to remedy the slight output loss from humbucking to single coil mode. This is probably the case with a lot of coil-tappable pickups. I love the tones in both modes but wanted more beefiness in the neck and 2nd position single coil mode. Now I have it until the Timmy arrives! I will keep the Bad Monkey as a backup as it has suprised me all over again.:AOK
 

Lt_Core

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I did the same thing this week! Bad Monkey is back on the board for my Strat. I normally play my Les Paul or Ibanez and got sick of the single-coil volume drop and stopped playing my Strat. Funny how we did pretty much the same thing.

I just sold my DD for an OCD v3. I also have a Tone Press and Chorus Factory :)
 

FloridaSam

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I find the OCD v3 takes the Bad Monkey very well. I run gain near zero and volume up and really boosts the BM nicely.
 

DaveG

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I used to run a Bad Monkey after my Barber Small Fry as a clean lead boost, and it sounded great. Since then, I've tried some much more expensive pedals in that slot, none of them sound as good with the Small Fry.
 

Twin63

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Before my gear overhaul, I was running G&L Legacy > Bad Monkey > red J&H > Peavey Classic 30. I ran the Bad Monkey with gain at zero and bass/treble controls around 1 o'clock. It made everything sound so much better that I normally left it on all the time. I'm not using it now, but it's going on my backup/jam board. Great pedal!
 

dk_ace

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I revisited it the other day as well, and pulled it right back off the board for the same reasons I quit using it before: the bypassed tone. The amp out is thin, and cuts the bass significantly. The mixer out's speaker and amp emulation colors my amp's tone too much. It's a shame that the bypass is so shoddy, because when the thing is switched on it's a real winner.

And no, I'm not going to consider a loop for it. 2 pedals to make 1 cheap pedal work properly? I'm not interested.

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dougb415

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I revisited it the other day as well, and pulled it right back off the board for the same reasons I quit using it before: the bypassed tone. The amp out is thin, and cuts the bass significantly. The mixer out's speaker and amp emulation colors my amp's tone too much. It's a shame that the bypass is so shoddy, because when the thing is switched on it's a real winner.

Yeah... I thought I'd give it another shot but it just isn't cutting it for me anymore. I'd like to find a nice clean boost to use with my Budda on the Drive channel and my R9 (just want to boost the volume, not the distortion).
 




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