Bad Monkey – Review
purchased a Blues Junior Valve amplifier, I’ve had an itch to
build a pedal board to go with it. My usual gigging rig for
my cover band simply consists of a Line 6 Flextone
III Plus and a FBV Shortboard, so this new setup is quite a departure for me.
It will be mainly
used at my home studio and for recording; I have however already
gigged this setup with great results.
The basic premise of this unit, as with other similar pedals, is to
simulate the sound of an overdriven tube amplifier. Ironically
many guitarists myself included use this unit in front of a
tube amplifier to “break up” the sound without having to crank
the volume to extreme levels. This proves useful in recording
or low stage volume applications.
The Bad Monkey
excels at the above application and breaks up the sound on my
Blues Junior nicely with a little gain. Alternatively in front
of a solid state amp and with the gain turned up it successfully
emulates the sound of an overdriven tube amp.
The sound is rich
and organic with nice overtones, the samples below show the
Build quality is
good too with a sturdy metal casing and quiet electronics. The
pedal is not however true bypass but this is does not seem to
make a noticeable difference as to tone when the pedal is in
an effects chain.
An excellent, value for money product.
By Ernest H