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Ibanez Tube Screamer

Ibanez TSV808

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The original, the best. (Ibanez - TS808 Tube Screamer Vintage)

By mooseherman, 21/05/2010
This is the original Tube Screamer, not a reissue. While the reissues are not much to sneeze at, this is what made the Tube Screamer a legend. The pedal is an analog overdrive that can sometimes border on a light distortion. There is a 1/4" input and output, as well as the power supply input. There are no midi/computer editing capabilities, and there is no way to rack this pedal.


This is a pretty basic pedal, as most analog pedals are. There are three knobs for Drive, Tone, and Level, which are pretty self-explanatory for the most part. The manual is pretty much unnecessary, and good luck finding one nowadays.


I tend to use this with a multitude of guitars, it works well with humbuckers and single-coils. This is a high-quality pedal, there's really no other way to describe it other than a solid, fat overdrive that can be cooked up to a distortion. It's absolutely great for SRV relatively light overdrives to Bad Company style distortion. It's certainly a rhythmic monster, but with the right compression and boosts (or simple volume adjustments), it's also a handy lead pedal. Leads will only work over light accompaniment, heavy stuff will need more power.


This is a high quality pedal, this thing really kills it. If you can find one at a remotely affordable price. There's only about a 15% difference between this pedal and some of the others, but for most, that's a crucial difference. I think that I'd recommend this to anyone who isn't a devout metalhead, cause it wouldn't do much good in that respect.

Decent Tubescreamer but not worth the money. (Ibanez - TS808 Tube Screamer Reissue)

By Fireguy8402, 23/12/2011
The Ibanez TS808 Vintage Reissue is a very basic pedal optionwise. One tone knob to adjust the EQ of the pedal, one knob for overall volume, and one knob for the amount of gain, and that’s all you get. If you are a big pedal tweaker this isn’t for you. It’s the tried and true seasick green color, and supposedly uses the same factory, components and housing as that of the original 808 Tubescreame, including the famous JRC4558 chip. The pedal can be powered by 9 volt batter or external AC adapter. Dimensions of the pedal are 4.9" x 2.8" x 2" and it weighs a little over a pound.


The pedal is built very sturdy, with a square switch exactly like the original 808 series from Ibanez. I have never heard any issues with quality control on these pedals like I have the cheaper 7 series that uses a “new” switch design. I wouldn’t worry about this one breaking on you. It’s a very straightforward layout and the knobs seem sturdy and hold your settings well. The housing and jacks are metal and seem like they would hold up to a good amount of abuse.


I compared this pedal against a stock Ibanez 9 Series Tubescreamer, and it won the contest, but only slightly. It is one of the most copied pedals out there, if not THE most copied pedal and honestly some of the clones I’ve picked up does the sound much better. This pedal has a decent sound to it, but I don’t hear a major difference between the two models. It does sound ever so slightly warmer, but it’s not a night and day difference. Like all other tubescreamers, you are going to have that heavy mid hump in the eq section, so if that’s not for you steer clear of this pedal. The tone knob doesn’t let you dial that out. I would not use it for a straight up overdrive with a tele or strat unless I was going after those SRV blues tones, it does that well. It surely cuts through the mix, but it’s a little heavy on the mids for my tastes.


Similar to the TS9, this pedal is built very well and should stand the test of time in the durability department. Unless you like a very midrange heavy overdrive or have an amp that is equalized to handle the pedal, I would only suggest using this pedal as a solo boost into an already overdriven tube amp or for blues rock or other genres or amps where a mid heavy overdrive is useful. I feel this pedal is overpriced and Ibanez is banking on the Vintage Reissue name a little too much. I feel that there are several copies of this pedal that do it’s thing just as well or better for far less money. If a Tubescreamer was the tone I was looking for and Ibanez was my only option, I’d just stick with the TS9. I did not feel there was enough difference in tone to pay the extra for the reissue.

Ibanez TS-808 Reissue (Ibanez - TS808 Tube Screamer Reissue)

By MGR/Mike G, 22/10/2004
paid £130 online - cheaper than my local music stores by £20.

first things first - this is not the kind of pedal u plug in a start banging out metallica riffs on. its a subtle increase of gain that just gives you that little bit extra when it comes to your solos. the tone is perfect! its warm, smooth and will complement anyone playing solos that don't require layers and layers of distortion. after all, stevie ray vaughan used these - and the moment you plug a strat into it you can see why. i use it with everything at 12 o'clock and it still makes me smile 6 months down the line.

the price is pretty steep and yea it looks a little goofy but thats it.

very strong metal construction - this thing can take a beating. hell if u kick enuff cr*p out of it you could always resell it as a vintage.

if you want to 'play every note' then this is the pedal for you. what i mean by that is, its not the kind of pedal Vai would use to do his lightning fast hammer-on cross-taps etc this is the perfect pedal for ppl that like heavy strings (i use 13s) and play everything with the hammer down - without reling on tiny thin strings and a bunch of effects.

think SRV and KWS and you've got a pretty good idea of how this sounds.

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It is a Classic Piece of Gear for a Reason (Ibanez - TS808 Tube Screamer Vintage)

By jefferyfreelance, 08/05/2015
Back in the eighties I walked into my local music store, and in the display case was a used green pedal. An Ibanez TS-808 Tubescreamer for sale for only $10. I had the money in my pocket, and having an unhealthy love of gear I bought the pedal. I did not realize what I had just bought. For years I did not realize the Holy Grail that I had found. I kept it because it had such a unique sound, and I had written a guitar part for a song that used “that” sound. Years later I made the mistake of selling it to a friend. He sold it back to me, which was very gracious of him.

What is it about this pedal that makes it so sought after? Why is it such a legendary piece of gear? You can point to Stevie Ray Vaughn’s use of it as reason, but I think there is more to it. It comes down to the reason I could never give it up- the sound. It’s unique. It’s awesome.

I bought the pedal, and retained it for years not because of the buzz surrounding it. I kept it because it sounded so good. It is simple with only volume, tone, and drive controls. A simple on/off button (that is square). It is excellent as a base sound, a pedal you leave on and never turn-off. I used it as my dirty but not distorted tone. Then I layer my distortion pedal with it for a distinctive and biting tone. It is perfect for rock, but can be rolled back for mellower styles and genres.

I had to have a single repair in all the years I’ve owned it. The power supply jack had a problem that my local music store fixed up for me. The guy behind the counter said I needed a time-machine, not a repair. I am tempted to buy a modern version of the pedal, and to retire this old friend into a shadow box on the wall. Someday I might. It comes down to the old adage, “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.”

In all honesty I have never done a head-to-head comparison with the newer versions of the pedal made by Ibanez. The version that Line 6 has available on their gear sounds really close, and was one of my favorite “pedals” that I used in my chain. Although, typical of digital reproductions it lacked the analog warmth of the real thing. The Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive and Sparkle Drive Mod both capture the sound very well, but lack the mojo of the TS-808. The Sparkle Drive Mod sounds very neat and tidy compared to the TS-808, which has a more feral sound to it.

As guitarists we do have a tendency to not like change. I believe a part of that is that we fall in love with the original pieces of gear that we buy. No chorus has sounded as good as my cheap Arion CH-1, analog delays sound best to my ear, and no overdrive pedal has ever completely captured the sound of my TS-808.

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