DigiTech Screaming Blues
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DigiTech Screaming Blues

Screaming Blues, Overdrive pedal from DigiTech in the X series.

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Audiofanzine FR 07/12/2008

DigiTech Screaming Blues : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by SlapKid/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Analog effect pedal like all four models of this series (hot head, bad monkey, grunge, death metal). The X-Series pedals are digital and more expensive.

An additional output is provided for a power amp or mixer. Since this output has a high-frequency correction because it sounds better and has more punch. Very convenient!

The pedal is extremely easy to use, the settings are clever and effective.



UTILIZATION

I sorted all the products of the series according to their distortion intensity: bad monkey, screamin blues, hot head, grunge, death metal.

I have the first three models of the list. Their distortion intensity, dynamic response and sound transparency are very different.

This Screamin Blues is the easiest to set, it'll give you a killer blues sound within two seconds.

The EQ is very effective without overtly altering the sound character of the SB.

SOUND QUALITY

This pedal is the best of the series: the sound is fresh and natural and has a fantastic dynamic range. It's perfect for blues!

You can also use it for hard rock rhythm parts if you set the gain setting to max. but the sound character stays bluesy. For rock stuff buy the Hot Head, like I did.

The sound is full of nuances and details, it's really stunning.

I use it mainly with a telecaster and a HBS3000 with a Texmex pickup in the bridge and an SSL1 in the neck. These guitars are perfect for this sort of music.

OVERALL OPINION

You really have to know what you expect from it. The Bad Monkey sounds very smooth and shy compared to it, but if your amp sounds harsh it will make a great match while the SB would perforate your eardrum.

I find this pedal is absolutely perfect and easy to use for all sort of blues sounds.

The noise level is extremely low like on both other pedals.

I have a Tube Blower Jacques and the SB sounds much better.

The ScreaminBlues is a pedal with a strong character and won't be the best choice for everyone but it's a real delight to my ears.

If you're looking for a nice and versatile distortion the Digitech Hot Rod (which is digital) is a very good choice but your heart won't pound like it would with the SB.