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The Behringer Vintage Tube Monster VT999 Classic Tube Overdrive effects pedal has that big roar of a tube engine underits hood, letting you take off with anything from warm blues overdrive to heavy distortion. This high-quality stomp box has the warm sound of a hand-selected 12AX7 tube. In addition, the VT999 offers an integrated and switchable noise gate with adjustable threshold that keeps your sound noise-free. A status LED is included, plus there is a true hard-wire bypass for ultimate signal integrity.

Classic tube overdrive pedal based on a hand-selected 12AX7 tube.

FEATURES
  • Get a whole tube amp in a pedal and take off with anything from warm blues overdrive to heavy distortion
  • Integrated and switchable Noise gate with adjustable Threshold keeps your sound noise-free
  • Dedicated Gain, 3-band EQ and Master controls for awesome sound shaping
  • Status LED for power on/off
  • True hard-wire bypass for ultimate signal integrity

Call or click to kick on the monter overdrive.

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BehringerVT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Transparent growl

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from Ohio

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Pros

  • Absolutely Transparent
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording or Live, anything you chose

    Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Over about three decades of playing, I've never really used any type of overdrive/distortion. I've done it with amps. I purchased this to get more versatility out of my Jet City 20HV (wonderful head by the way). When this pedal is used as overdrive, in front of the amp, it is transparent and just sounds as if my Jet City head has an additional channel. Absolutely awesome. On it's own, on top of an otherwise clean sound, it can go from mild break up to very dirty crunch. It's also very touch sensitive. This would have been worth it for double or more the asking price.

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    5.0

    5 stars with a caveat

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    from Ca

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    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Preliminary comments: Just got this so have only used it a short while. Like others have mentioned, the drive gain is crazy hot with the stock tube. I did order this with a 12AT7 tube and that tamed it quite a bit. My guess is that the lower gain 12AY7 would be an even better choice. I'll likely give one of those tubes a try.

        The 3-band tone controls allow for excellent control of the drive tone. I don't have a noisy source so i couldn't really verify how well the noise gate works with pickup hum.

        The Gain control is very nonlinear (almost switch-like). I'd prefer a little more control there. Perhaps the lower gain 12ZY7 tube will calm down the gain control non-linearity. ???

        Overall, this pedal is a very good value with the caveat that the stock tube will likely disappoint most everyone except metal shredders.

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        4.0

        Very cool especially when you change out the tube.

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        from Jersey Shore, NJ

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Killer Tone
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Due to the tube this pedal takes a moment to warm up before it sounds sweet. After trying it out for a couple of days I changed out the tube for a groove tube and the tone improved big time. Tone goes from warm to over the top! The power supply is not great and I had to change it out as well. Overall I love this pedal.

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          4.0

          Not bad, but a different tube makes all the difference!

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          from Highland, IN

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            For anyone considering purchasing one of these pedals, allow me to make one suggestion: buy a different vacuum tube for it!
            Don't get me wrong, the stock tube is actually a very highly rated tube from what I've read. The problem is, it's far too high-gain of a tube for the solid state opamp that follows it to drive the tone stack, resulting in a scratchy, fizzy tone that leaves much to be desired.
            Any of the 12a*7 tubes will work in it, but you have to keep in mind the gain level of each tube, and use that to select a tube based on the tone you're looking for. A 12ax7 has a gain rating of 100, with the 12at7 at 70, the 12ay7 at 50, and the 12au7 at 20.
            Myself, I went with a Mesa 12AT7, partly because I was looking for a more modern, Mesa Dual Rectifier tone, partly because that's just what was available without ordering one online. Changing the tube took me all of five minutes, and the difference it made was stunning. While it didn't quite make it into Dual Rectifier territory, it's definitely somewhere between that and a Marshall Plexi. That's not a bad thing.

            All in all, I'm glad I bought this pedal!

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            5.0

            Infinitely Adjustable

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            from Lincoln, CA

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                Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                It makes a clean infinitely adjustable tube overdrive. It is built like a Sherman Tank. What is not to like?

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                5.0

                Metal Monster!

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                from San Antonio

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Size

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                The Behringer VT999 Tube OD pedal might be the best value in the market for tube-driven distortion pedals. I A/B'd it with a Blackstar HT tube pedal and the Behringer held it's own. It's tone is just a touch on the trebly side, but definitely musical and usable. I'd say it's tone is more modern, whereas the Blackstar has a touch of British bite to it. The EQ controls are repsonsive to help dial in the sound you're looking for. It can go from a subtle crunch all the way to full bore metal mayhem. All in all, the Behringer VT999 is a killer distortion pedal that's worthy of a spot on your pedal board. That is, if you can fit it in. This pedal is MASSIVE! You could easily put 4 pedals in the same footprint this pedal requires. But hey, what do you want for the ridiculously low price? I highly recommend this pedal.

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                5.0

                Ballsy OD!

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                from Connecticut

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • This Is A Great Od Unit
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Needs A Better Tube

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This is a great OD unit. Very versatile and definitely worth the money. But you gotta replace the tube with a better quality tube. I had a Sovtek 12AX7WA laying around and when I replaced the original tube the sound improved 100%. Especially the low gain settings. Besides that I was disappointed that the noise gate only works when the drive is on. Not a big deal. Other than that this unit sounds fantastic. I expect that in time it will be considered a classic effects unit.! I would have expected to pay 4X for a pedal that's this good.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Pedal

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                from Iowa

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                Pros

                • Big
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Clean To Crunch
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I can't believe I haven't reviewed this pedal yet.
                I have had this pedal for 5 or 6 years now. When I play a Solid State amp, I will NEVER play without this pedal. To me, it is amazing.
                There is no hum, buzz, or any other obtrusive noise coming from the pedal---it puts through the cleanest of clean, and a sweet David Gilmore distortion (through my Stratocaster).
                I dialed in my desired sound, and pretty much leave the knobs and switches alone.
                We all know Behringer puts out "hit or miss" products, and slap a decent price on. This pedal is a "hit"...nothing cheap about the construction and materials. Very strong, very durable.
                I didn't find a need to change out the tubes...the stock tubes in mine do just fine. Not sure if it depends on the guitar and amp combination one is using...but I have no issues with the 'sound' of these tubes with a Fender guitar through a Fender amp.
                I don't use a pedal board, so I only have good things to say about the size of this thing (that's why I put "Big" in the Pro's section above)---I LIKE that it's nice and big. Easy to find the switch in any situation.
                This pedal will not disappoint, and the price is fantastic. Other brands will charge two to three or even 4 times as much, and may not sound near as good as the Tube Monster. Order one!

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                4.0

                Great sound for price after tube swap.

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                from Dallas TX

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                Pros

                • Price

                Cons

                • Stock Bugera 12ax7b
                • Stock Tube -bugera 12ax7c

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                When I first played through this "pedal"(it's huge!) I didn't like the sound at all. The gain was very crackly and not smooth when playing through (Les Paul Studio, Ibanez RG320). I replaced the Bugera 12AX7C (cheap Chinese made tube) with a JJ ECC83 (12AX7) and WOW what a difference. Gain is now no longer brittle sounding and rolls off smooth with guitar volume or the Gain knob. I am very satisfied with the tones this thing produces and use it in place of my original ValveKing 100's high gain stage. The noise gate is a big plus as well. Overall I would recommend this pedal to anyone on a budget looking for some cool Zeplin / AC-DC style sounds.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Don't Let The Name Fool You!

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                from Brookhaven, MS.

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Price

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Don't let the name Behringer scare you off from buying this pedal! I run this pedal into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amp (on the clean channel) and what an awesome tone! This pedal is a Steal of a Deal!

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