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

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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUND QUALITY

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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.