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Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer

by Ibanez

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  • Overdrive, Tone and Level controls
  • Delivers that warm, natural tube overdrive sound previously unattainable by conventional units.
  • Zine die cast construction and rugged rubber stopper assures durability.
  • LED indicator shows status of effect and battery condition.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 2.5 x 3.8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000T4SI1K
  • Item model number: TS808
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,363 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 13, 2006

Product Description

If not, you certainly should! Guitarists have been know to search the world over for a vintage Tube Screamer in good working order. But thanks to this reissue of the classic, the world's most popular overdrive pedal is again available to the masses — without the need to scour pawn and guitar shops! Ibanez's TS808 Tube Screamer cops the classic sound of the original — popular for driving tube amps into sweet, sweet saturation — but comes in at a price far below that of a vintage unit. So what's the key to the TS808 tube Screamer's magic? It all starts with the JRC4558D IC chip — the same chip found in the original. When you need no-holds-barred overdrive and distortion, turn to the green beast that's been a pedalboard staple for years with Ibanez's TS808 Tube Screamer!


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It is made by Ibanez, and was invented by Maxon.
Max Jean
It also functions pretty well as a mild boost for soloing with other dirt pedals or an already driven amp.
Sam
Years ago I owned an original edition TS808; I loved that pedal and used it for years on stage.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Max Jean on December 3, 2008
This is one of the greatest tone pedals out there. It is made by Ibanez, and was invented by Maxon. I bought one about a year ago, and I ALWAYS have it turned on in my setup, no matter what I'm playing. It has a level control, tone control, and drive control. I find that you get better tones if the level and tone knobs always stay up. With the drive set to zero, you can get a very 70's tube-ey Hendrix sound. With the drive all the way up you can keep that creamy tone that is so pleasing to the ears, and have that edgy fuzz. You can play so many things on here. It's a reissue, but it is reissued just the the originals with an old power supply jack. It's the one eighth inch size, but it comes with a free adaptor for this. It is simple, and very sturdy.

The sum it up, it is an american classic, a must have. Stevie Ray Vaughn used it, and so many more american guitar icons. I live by this pedal.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Slashaholic Anonymous on September 27, 2010
To start, as the full name of this pedal would indicate, this pedal is for tube amps. I can't comment on how it'll sound for a hybrid, and my experience is that it's definitely not for solid state. Distortion pedals go much better with solid state. Further, tube screamers aren't meant to take your tube amp from clean to high gain; again, that's what a distortion pedal will do. Tube screamers in general are designed to drive your tubes a little harder,and are most commonly used as a solo boost. Tube screamers are in the category of "overdrive" pedals, and like the name would indicate, they're meant add a little extra "over" an already "driven" amp, but in a more natural, smooth, organic way then a distortion pedal would.
HOWEVER, the Ibanez TS-9dx does more than your typical tube screamer. The extra knob that switches between ts9, +, hot, and turbo mode adds a whole lot of tone and use options. Let me expound:
I play hard rock and metal through a Bugera 1990 head (basically a Marshall JCM 900)and cab with celestion vintage 30 speakers. While that amp does have a fair amount of gain and bass on tap, it's not quite enough to accurately get more modern tones unaided. A standard Ibanez TS-9 or some other knock-off tube screamer will not be able to get an amp like mine into more modern, heavier tones, because standard tube screamers also slightly cut bass and add some mids, again, to help solos cut through the mix. But the extra knob on the ibanez ts9dx solves this problem. By switching to +, hot, or turbo mode, the pedal adds bass and a little extra gain incrementally. I like the "+" setting the best. So the way I use this pedal is that I'll set my amp for my standard crunchy rhythm tone with the gain on the amp already fairly high.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H town on March 22, 2008
I have only used one of these with a hybrid tube amp and a solid state but I hear that it will work with either tube or solid state amplifiers. It really gives my amplifier a warm overdriven sound. This pedal can be used to boost your guitar sound during solos or certain guitar parts. This pedal has three preamp settings: Ts9, Hot, +, and Turbo. It's great for solos and warm blues or rock rhythm guitar. One nice thing about this is it responds well to how soft or hard you pluck the strings. For example: if you set on the "Turbo" setting and pick with your fingers it will clean up nicely. If you pluck hard it will make a smooth distorted sound. If you want a metal sound, then I recommend the Metal Zone by Boss/Roland. BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone Overdrive Distortion Pedal
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ejo on July 19, 2012
I'm all about options. The stock unit is pretty ok, kind of a Swiss army knife of distortion pedals. A little noise, a little alteration of your original tone, more mid heavy, common to this price range where they mask cheap parts by muting frequencies. I play solid state amps and digital multi effects with super shielded guitars for recording, and these kinds of artifacts really show up in the mix. But for a grab-and-go rig I often need a small, battery run, good-enough lead pedal. What specifically got my attention was the 4 position switch- 1 unfuzzed booster and 3 flavors of buzz- and all the mods available online. I bought a TS-9dx knowing I could modify it- replace enough of the cheap caps and IC with less noisy higher quality components to clean it up and restore clarity. That's what I did, which made this box recordable and hot- as good as boxes twice the cost for only $35 more and some soldering time! Of course I then started messing with the distortion sections, but ended up pretty much back to stock sounds except on the Mod+ setting, which is now my holy grail, search for the perfect blend position, which I keep goofing with. And if I add another switch (like the mini-toggle on the Keeley) I could easily click into aggressive metal range. (That would make 1 box = 8 sounds.) It is not as smooth as a vacuum tube- but it is more rugged and goes from somewhat close to grinding right out of the box- and if you get bored you can take it a step further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria G. on April 13, 2012
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I have bought this pedal as a gift for my husband. He is very choosy when it comes to guitars, effect pedals and other guitar accessories, this time he was completely satisfied w/ the quality and sound.
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