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Finally, a Tube Screamer designed just for bass guitar!

The newest addition to the Tube Screamer family is the TS9B Bass Tube Screamer! The TS9B ranges from subtle overdrive to vintage fuzz and everything in between.

Bass and Treble controls let you dial in the right sound for your rig, while the additional Mix control lets you find the right combination of wet/dry signals to ensure your bottom end remains intact.

FEATURES
The first Tube Screamer designed just for bass
From subtle overdrive to vintage fuzz and everything in between
Drive, Level, Bass, Treble, and Mix controls
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Ibanez9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great overdrive box

This pedal is getting a little bit of a bad rap here, and id like to clear that up. First thing is It can only work with what you feed it. If you're...Read complete review

This pedal is getting a little bit of a bad rap here, and id like to clear that up. First thing is It can only work with what you feed it. If you're running passive pickups through a 35 watt practice amp in your moms basement this pedal is not going to give you Type O Negative death metal fuzz. This pedal does to bass exactly what the original Tube Screamer does for guitar... it adds a nice controlable amount of overdrive with tube amplifier overtones.

Crank the Gain and Mix nobs to 100%, set Bass and Treble to personal preference, cut the Level back to just slightly louder than when in "off" position and this thing distorts bigtime. I had no problem getting as much if not more distortion out of this pedal as the video above using EMG pickups and an old 200 watt Carvin through a single GK-15". I spent most of the day yesterday playing with this thing back to back with my friend's SansAmp and i can honestly say i prefer the Tube Screamer. This combined with a good EQ and a Boss compressor/limiter and im done buying gear. It doesnt get any better or more versitile. All my rack gear is going up on eBay.

If you play in a band at club levels and want a pedal that can give raunchy distortion or dialed back to just a fat punchy tube amp boost to kick on when the song gets loud then this your best bet.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Its so...Meh...

I'm a little disappointed. This will still make for an okay overdirve pedal, but its not quite as flexible as I thought. Lets just say I'm glad I got it as a Christmas...Read complete review

I'm a little disappointed. This will still make for an okay overdirve pedal, but its not quite as flexible as I thought. Lets just say I'm glad I got it as a Christmas present instead of buying it out of my own pocket.
The bass comes with 5 knobs. Apparently the knob that gives the pedal volume is the "level" knob. I've seen several videos on this pedal, and it seemed like a fairly versatile overdrive/distortion pedal. When I got my hands on it though, it seemed like anything but: the level, drive, and mix controls feel like the only knobs that do anything (the bass and treble knobs don't do much unless they're turned all the way up).
The contruction seems really solid, this is one heavy metal pedal. However, its not without its problems. The battery function doesn't seem to work at all, though it still works with an adapter (thank God I had one). Also, if its plugged in but not on, prepare for some hum.
I feel a little cheated. Once I got my hands on it, this pedal doesn't feel as flexible as it was made out to be in Ibanez's promo video or a video review I watched. Like I said, the pedal hums when its not on, so you either need to use it or unplug it to avoid the feedback. Also, like I said before, the bass and treble knobs don't really make a difference unless they're turned all the way up.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great overdrive box

By James Thompson

from Ark-La-Tex

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Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

This pedal is getting a little bit of a bad rap here, and id like to clear that up. First thing is It can only work with what you feed it. If you're running passive pickups through a 35 watt practice amp in your moms basement this pedal is not going to give you Type O Negative death metal fuzz. This pedal does to bass exactly what the original Tube Screamer does for guitar... it adds a nice controlable amount of overdrive with tube amplifier overtones.

Crank the Gain and Mix nobs to 100%, set Bass and Treble to personal preference, cut the Level back to just slightly louder than when in "off" position and this thing distorts bigtime. I had no problem getting as much if not more distortion out of this pedal as the video above using EMG pickups and an old 200 watt Carvin through a single GK-15". I spent most of the day yesterday playing with this thing back to back with my friend's SansAmp and i can honestly say i prefer the Tube Screamer. This combined with a good EQ and a Boss compressor/limiter and im done buying gear. It doesnt get any better or more versitile. All my rack gear is going up on eBay.

If you play in a band at club levels and want a pedal that can give raunchy distortion or dialed back to just a fat punchy tube amp boost to kick on when the song gets loud then this your best bet.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sounding OD

By Ronald Marrero

from Puerto Rico

Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

If your gear is a little underpowered, try this pedal before you spend $600+ on another amp. You can use it as a booster or have it on all the time, but for sure, the TS9B should be in every bassist's arsenal.
Most bass OD's I've heard before only seem to drive the treble, making the bass sound as if it were farting all day, or with too much gain, sound as if you've just stumbled on a beehive. Not this one, the TS9B drives the whole signal making it sound aggressive but with power and character. It can sound gentle and harmonious too, breaking the signal in that bluesy sweatspot. Now that's tasty! With this little pedal, I can get MY sound out of it, which for me is important, because these days everyone else's sound have been copied and mimicked already.
It's heavy like a brick, you can probably knock someone out with it to defend yourself and it would still work perfectly.
I would pay the same price I paid for a new one if lost or stolen.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Freakin' amazing.

By King Nick the Ska-Tastic

from Tacoma, WA

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Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

Remember--it's a Tube Screamer that's voiced for bass. It's not a fuzzbox, it's an OVERDRIVE. It's meant to add a little dirt and boost--not to convert your signal to square wave. Like its older brother for the guitar, it's extremely touch-sensitive.

I have played through the TS9B and the Boss Bass Overdrive, which is the same price. The Boss pedal sounded artificial--it was like playing through a filter, and there was no difference in tone between lightly tapping the strings and bashing the living tweedle out of them. The TS9B is far more natural sounding. Much warmer, much smoother, and much better built than its Boss rival. Sure, the Boss can add way more crunch than the TS9B, but if you want lots of crunch, get a Big Muff.

I bought this pedal to fill out my bass tone while playing live, since my band is only a three-piece--and let me tell you, I'm EXTREMELY satisfied.
Very versatile. Usually, I'm not a fan of things with too many knobs, but it's nice to be able to add and subtract bass and treble independently while altering the mix between dirty and clean. It's versatile without being too complicated--and that's hard to achieve.
Just as stout as the original Tube Screamer.
A little pricey, but considering what you're getting, it's definitely worth it.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Pedal I've ever bought!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

As a bass player I'm always looking for something to make my tone deeper, phatter and punchier. I bought this pedal mostly so that I can say I have a tube screamer on my board, hey and guess what's it's made for the bass! But this thing makes my Geddy Lee bass sound like a Rickenbacker. Border Lemmy style sound. It doesn't muddy up your signal like a lot of other bass distortions I've tried. It gives my rig the added (and excuse my french) "SAC" when its needed. This thing is build like a tank and makes my bass sound like one coming down the hallway. I strong recommend this pedal to every bassist out there.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love It!

By Eric Rosier

from New Haven

Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

I've had this for about 8 months now. Don't be fooled by what you're getting. This is a TS9 for the Bass so it doesn't have the same amount of gain other distortions/overdrives/fuzz pedals give. It has about the same amout of distortion a TS9 has for the guitar. It works great for slightly coloring your sound or giving a bit more dirt to get through the mix, or even as a boost pedal. I like this pedal a whole lot for the slight dirt but I also LOVE it for driving other pedals. I sometimes use it to drive my Ashdown Hyperdrive and it gives some really good distorted sounds that way. It sounds really good through tube distortion as well. This is NOT a fuzz or heavily distorted pedal, this is a TS9 voiced for the bass.
Great Features, the Bass and Treble Knobs are great for tweaking and the Mix is awesome and lets you dial in on how much distortion you want out of it and how much of the clean sound to come through.
Built like a decent pedal. My only complaint is that velcro doesn't like to stick to the bottom of it very well.
Overall a pretty good value. It's more expensive than some other drives, but it's worth it.

(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Its so...Meh...

By Jordan Goolsby

from Kansas

Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

I'm a little disappointed. This will still make for an okay overdirve pedal, but its not quite as flexible as I thought. Lets just say I'm glad I got it as a Christmas present instead of buying it out of my own pocket.
The bass comes with 5 knobs. Apparently the knob that gives the pedal volume is the "level" knob. I've seen several videos on this pedal, and it seemed like a fairly versatile overdrive/distortion pedal. When I got my hands on it though, it seemed like anything but: the level, drive, and mix controls feel like the only knobs that do anything (the bass and treble knobs don't do much unless they're turned all the way up).
The contruction seems really solid, this is one heavy metal pedal. However, its not without its problems. The battery function doesn't seem to work at all, though it still works with an adapter (thank God I had one). Also, if its plugged in but not on, prepare for some hum.
I feel a little cheated. Once I got my hands on it, this pedal doesn't feel as flexible as it was made out to be in Ibanez's promo video or a video review I watched. Like I said, the pedal hums when its not on, so you either need to use it or unplug it to avoid the feedback. Also, like I said before, the bass and treble knobs don't really make a difference unless they're turned all the way up.

(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Biggest waste of money and my time

By Jonathon Swanson

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

I was looking for an overdrive/fuzz pedal to help fill out my sound on a few songs my band and I play, as we don't have a second guitar player..

After reading the reviews, and watching/listening to the demo video, I decide this is the best option to go with. I wish music stores would carry items like this for Bass so we can try them out first, but thats another story..

I ordered online, receive the unit, and it esssentially just passes thorugh the signal. Drive and Mix cranked all the way. with no change from clean to dirty.. other than a secondary eq, or a boost due to the level knob.. this pedal does nothing..once the level is adjusted to be even on and off.. there is no difference.. So I exchanged the unit.

The second unit arrives. and I have the same issue. Biggest waste of money and my time ever.

Now I guess I'll find another pedal to get instead. but wanted to share my experience, because I was not finding another review out there with someone experiencing a similar issue. I thought for sure it had to be just a bad unit. But, after receiving a second, I'm not so sure.
overdrive pedal with no overdrive
just received a replacement for the first one I bought, and it doesn't do anything either

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect

By Rogerio Weird

from Brazil

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

    Can´t be anymore perfect.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    TS9B

    By guttersnipe

    from WA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

        It's OK.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love these things. I play guitar

        By rocker

        from west C

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Battery Life
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Perfect Through Tube Amp

        Cons

        • Stronger Battery Connect

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Gain Off Level Up
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Subtle Gain At Low Volume
        • With Tube Amp

        Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

        First these are not pick responsive by my standards. Second I never put the gain up it's always off. Third I love these things especially loud, like bar band volume. They sound world class and often I sound like a slide player to myself. They have just that verge of break up very little overdrive sound I love. I play blues and country. I use this one and the TS808. If you are looking for clean overdrive these may ba your baby. Best live and loud I think.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent bass tone enhancement

        By Patrick G

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

          Excellent pedal. This accessory allows the bassist to dial in just the right amount of overdrive or heaviness he desires. It doesn't turn a quality bass into an unrecognizable buzz saw. A bassist will still hear his Rickenbacker, Gibson, Fender bass tone with exceptional enhancement. Volume is also boosted with a much warmer tone. The Bass Tube Screamer works best with passive instruments. This product is for the serious bassist who understands the instrument manufacturing process. The instrument woods and tones they produce and doesn't want their bass tone to be modified to the point no one would ever know they just laid out a few paychecks for a new American made Fender, Gibson (or whatever the bassist prefers).

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Screaming Tubes

          By Big John-vmXRL

          from Virginia

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          Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

          Great pedal!
          I received this pedal as a christmas gift. This pedal has what it needs and it's easy to dial in a good overdrive. I run this in front of my SVT and can get some pretty thick tones out of it. I would like to see a brighter LED light as to the current on is a little hard to see in brighter conditions.

          (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          This pedal...is horrible.

          By Jeremy Wynn

          from GA

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

          Let me just say this. This pedal does not provide one bit of overdrive that I can hear, it give your overall tone a tuber sound, but the overall gain and distortion of the signal that you would expect is not even there.

          To make a long story short, go get a SansAmp or a Vintage Sovtek Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi. Other than the build quality, this pedal is a paperweight.

           
          5.0

          Excellent Bass Overdrive

          By Tubehed

          from Westminster, CA

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Ibanez 9 Series TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Overdrive Bass Effects Pedal:

            I'm really happy with the clean tone I get playing either a Gibson SG Bass or Fender P-Bass through an Eden WT800 and two 2X10 cabs. However, sometimes I want more of an agressive, "growly" tone that sounds like an SVT just starting to break up. I'm not talking about a heavily distorted, fuzz-saturated sound. Rather, a light to moderate overdrive that stays tight, retains the low end and punches through the mix. I can easily get that tone with the TS-9B. In fact, I'm so happy with the tone I've dialed in that I just leave it set there.

            This pedal is more than simply a TS-9 voiced for bass. It has some important additional features that really make it low end friendly: a mix knob and independent bass and treble controls. I really appreciate being able to blend my clean signal with overdrive. This is an essential feature, as far as I'm concerned. Additionally, having independent tone controls allows for greater tone shaping than just a single tone pot.

            If you take the time to experiment with the controls and set it up right, the TS9-B can cover a lot of sonic ground and give you an excellent, harmonically rich and natural overdrive sound for bass. What's not to like?

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