First up, let’s have a listen to how she sounds. Today we have Darren playing a Fernandes Super Grade Les Paul, fitted with Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers. He’s playing through the Big White Monkey VT5 hand wired amp.
The Bad Monkey Overdrive pedal by Digitech, is probably one of the most famed and well-known cheapo pedals out there, but funnily enough it polarizes a Lot of guitarists, and in some cases quite vehemently too.
Digitech Bad Monkey Overdrive Pedal
The problem with the Digitech Bad Monkey is that, for about $45 or so, it actually sounds very, very good! You see, because some guitarists invest $200+ on a boutique pedal, they often feel obliged to defend their investment (who can blame them?) and the Tone Wars continue!
Digitech used to be known as DOD and they do have some pretty cool gear, but unfortunately they are not known for being a high-end company.
Perhaps having ‘Digi‘ in their company name doesn’t help, making them sound all digital and cheap or something, maybe if they changed their name to, ‘AnalTech‘ it might make them sound all Analog and high-end and pure…;-)
Okay, enough waffle… The Digitech Bad Monkey is a pretty straight forward pedal, finished in green, with controls being…
So straight up this is a TS9 Tube Screamer type pedal with the usual mid hump that you get with these pedals. But the thing is with this pedal, it gives you some extra tone sculpting features so you can raise the Lows a bit, or give the Highs a bit more sparkle which can help iron out that hump that some guitarists don’t like.
Well, I like to dabble now and again with some boutique stuff from the USA, and Cmatmods Effects definitely qualify for the Boutique classification.
The Super Signa Drives are all hand-made one at a time in the USA by Chad Matthews, who gets rave reviews not only for his products but his awesome service and down to earth approachability.
Chad started producing pedals about 10 years ago, and his business has slowly grown over that period, mostly due to word of mouth because of his seriously good pedals, which by the way are surprisingly affordable (as compared to Wampler!) for a hand-made effect pedal.
Unfortunately, we don’t have our own video for this review but for you visually stimulated people, here is a fellow Aussie, Shane from InTheBlues reviewing the pedal…
Welcome back to those of you who actually follow my reviews! Today I’m checking out another pedal from the boys on the Gold Coast, Big White Monkey!
Now I have mentioned in previous posts that Big White Monkey started out customizing pedals and then branched into low-wattage valve amps, they then brought out their own line of pedals, of which I have played them all.
Big White Monkey Spider Overdrive Pedal
Today we are having a look at the ‘Spider‘ overdrive pedal, which is a Tube Screamer TS808 clone, so we are definitely in vintage territory.
A genuine Ibanez TS808 will retail from $200 to nearly $400 (I have seen them higher!) so I won’t go on about why the ‘old is better‘ and how the pricetags associated with vintage gear determines its quality, but the TS808 tone is possibly the back bone of the Rock n’ Roll era and is a highly regarded staple for nearly every guitarist’s pedal board (or some form of Tube Screamer).
There are two versions of the Spider, the Old and the New, in this review we will have a look at both, but the main focus of this article will be looking at the newer version of the pedal. The main difference between the two is a simple change in the OP Chip, all other aspects are the same.
The pedal is virtually indestructible in its steel casing, which is reminiscent of a ProCo RAT2 Distortion pedal, but a bit longer. Finished in bright yellow with Big White Monkey’s, monkey face logo on the front of the pedal.
It can be powered by a 9v battery or by using a 9.6V Regulated DC300ma negative tip positive ground adapter, which is pretty much the same as the standard Boss sized 9v power adapter (inserts on the right side of the pedal). The guitar and amp input, output jacks are on the sides.
The RAT pedal is described as, “The Sound of the Underground“, and was designed in the Pro Co Sound factory in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan by Charlie Wicks, who sadly passed away just recently.
The Rat first started out in 1978 and soon after was being used by some prominent artists, such as Pink Floyd (ala Dave Gilmour), Jeff Beck and a truckload of others… and the rest, as they say… is history.
The Ibanez tube screamer is a classic, and could be called the ‘Father’ of overdrive pedals. Now this pedal, the Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer, is a made in Japan reissue and brings with it some new features that the original standard tube-screamer didn’t have, although I do like how it’s retained the traditional green and style of the original so you know immediately what it is.
Now I think this is the fifth or sixth pedal I have reviewed from Biyang, and I must say that this is another great bargain priced pedal. Now I don’t wear rose-colored glasses where every product I review is fantastic and I only look at the benefits. But really, in summary (just in case you get bored and don’t read anymore!) this is like a Muff Fuzz in a pedal, but with a little more clarity, more compact and way more fun as it is way cheaper!
Lets have a listen to how she sounds in Darrens video demo below… The amp in the video is a Fender ’59 Bassman LTD (Lacquered Tweed) 4×10 Jensen 45W combo and the guitar he is using is Jeremy’s Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds ST54, before he started his relic project, which is fitted with Fender Custom Shop 56 NOS pickups.
I love cheesy titles, so I thought I would put one up there! But in fairness to Biyang, who I imagine cop a fair bit of, “I am not buying Chinese rubbish“, this pedal is cool, does exactly what it says it will do, and is delivered to your door for under $100. So if you are wanting something to deepen or wetten your sound a bit, and if reverb is not your ‘main‘ affect then the Biyang RV-10 Tri Reverb Pedal will do the trick!