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Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal   

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Add tube dynamics to your solid state amp!

A regal name in distortion pedals, the Tube King returns to the Ibanez lineup. While the name and purpose of the Ibanez distortion pedal is the same as the original '90s models, this version of Tube King, the TK999HT, differs from its two predecessors in that it features internal high voltage DC circuitry instead of previous "starved plate" low voltage circuitry. Ibanez says that makes a significant difference.

With the TK999HT the 12AX7 gets normal DC high voltage, allowing total linear operation of the tube. It works just like a tube preamp because it effectively is one! The result is that the TK999HT distortion pedal makes any solid-state amp sound like a tube amp. The distortion is massive yet tight.

FEATURES
  • Genuine High Voltage Tube Distortion Pedal
  • 12AX7 Tube
  • 3-Band Active EQ plus Presence Switch for Exacting Tone Control
  • VOID Control for Sharp Rhythmic Dynamics
  • Rigid Zinc Die-cast Case
  • 12-Volt AC Adaptor Included
  • Controls:
  • Drive
  • Level
  • Three Bands of Active EQ (LO/MID/HI)
  • Presence Switch
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IbanezTK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 32 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

INSANE!!!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!!!!

Simply amazing pedal it looks awsome with the big glowing tube and it sounds even better. You can set it to just be a clean crunch machine or dial it in nasty and blow...Read complete review

Simply amazing pedal it looks awsome with the big glowing tube and it sounds even better. You can set it to just be a clean crunch machine or dial it in nasty and blow the roof off
More features than most distortion pedals and all the controls actually do make a difference in the sound. There is no battery compartment with this beast because its so powerful it HAS to be used with the supplied power pack, which works for me cause batteries get expensive. I love the high/low switch that basically emphasizes which one you want to come through more and all other knobs are easy to dail in, even has a setting which adds sustain!!!
Metal construction and the way to go. its heavy and heavy duty.
I know the price seems like a lot for a single effect pedal but its totally worth it. I have had cheap distortion pedals and the tone and sound is just not there, once I brought this home and plugged it in I knew what I had been searching for was melting my face off then and there!!!

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Overrated

I had wanted this pedal for over a year, ever since I saw the review for it in Guitar World. After having it for about a month, I've got to say...pretty...Read complete review

I had wanted this pedal for over a year, ever since I saw the review for it in Guitar World. After having it for about a month, I've got to say...pretty disappointed. The lows are really muddy which is not ideal for death metal riffing/palm mutes. Low end sounds flabby instead of tight and focused.At first I thought I could remedy the sound with a different tube. Took out the electro harmonix 12ax7 it came with and put a Tung sol instead (it was tricky to replace). That cleaned up the low end a little and added more gain...but still not tight enough for metal.Then I thought it was my pickup, so I bought a d-activator x (which is awesome btw). Sounded better, but still not good enough.Overall, it's not worth the money if you play any metal that implements palm muting. Chords sound meaty and full bodied, highs during soloing are pretty good too, but just not useful for any non-commercial metal. I would not recommend this pedal for metal/death metal.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Pedal is it!

By Tele 335

from Midland, MI

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Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

I have been playing almost 30 years and have used a large assortment of distortion pedals. I have an old Ibanez TS9 which has been flawless. Using my new Marshall Haze 40 the crunch is good but not over the top. I bought 4 new pedals and sent them back until the TK999hd. WOW. This goes from creamy sustain to shed, amazing. The built in noise gate works perfectly with the pedal. I am really impressed. Quality? Cant say but my old TS9 is still cranking over 10 years...I fully expect the same with this pedal. If you want tube distortion with a built in noise gate this may be perfect for you.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

INSANE!!!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!!!!

By warren turner

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

Simply amazing pedal it looks awsome with the big glowing tube and it sounds even better. You can set it to just be a clean crunch machine or dial it in nasty and blow the roof off
More features than most distortion pedals and all the controls actually do make a difference in the sound. There is no battery compartment with this beast because its so powerful it HAS to be used with the supplied power pack, which works for me cause batteries get expensive. I love the high/low switch that basically emphasizes which one you want to come through more and all other knobs are easy to dail in, even has a setting which adds sustain!!!
Metal construction and the way to go. its heavy and heavy duty.
I know the price seems like a lot for a single effect pedal but its totally worth it. I have had cheap distortion pedals and the tone and sound is just not there, once I brought this home and plugged it in I knew what I had been searching for was melting my face off then and there!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

mean as hell

By Andreas xVx

from Cincinnati

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Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

I seriously believe that those who gave this pedal poor marks for tone were either too impatient with finding the right settings, or simply do not know how to use effects pedals. I play a bunch of different "loud" music, from crust punk & metallic hardcore through lighter pop-punk, and this pedal has solved a bunch of problems for me. it's a really thick and rich distortion, incredible for heavy music, and the low end is really outstanding. not at all loose like some appear to have found. I prefer a low-mid heavy sound, and I can get just what I want from this pedal (though it is naturally voiced with slightly scooped mids). Just take a bit to mess around dialing it in. I really love it. I use it live, and when I record. I use it all the time.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Overrated

By Anozira Guitarist

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

I had wanted this pedal for over a year, ever since I saw the review for it in Guitar World. After having it for about a month, I've got to say...pretty disappointed. The lows are really muddy which is not ideal for death metal riffing/palm mutes. Low end sounds flabby instead of tight and focused.At first I thought I could remedy the sound with a different tube. Took out the electro harmonix 12ax7 it came with and put a Tung sol instead (it was tricky to replace). That cleaned up the low end a little and added more gain...but still not tight enough for metal.Then I thought it was my pickup, so I bought a d-activator x (which is awesome btw). Sounded better, but still not good enough.Overall, it's not worth the money if you play any metal that implements palm muting. Chords sound meaty and full bodied, highs during soloing are pretty good too, but just not useful for any non-commercial metal. I would not recommend this pedal for metal/death metal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

/m/ Rock On

By Negru Tudor

from Alba Iulia, Romania

Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

The Distortion Tone Grail. Tested it through small amps, big ones, EMGs and passives....and it just rocks out....smooth tone to metal ...can get some sweet Hendrix tones to some awesome grind like Rammstein, In Flames, Children of Bodom etc...the presence switch and the Void are life savers :D .. All in all...a kick-a** pedal!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

tremendous dist pedal

By Paul COT

from McKinney, TX

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Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

I find this to be my current dist pedal fav, it has a very wide range of dist voices, well designed and kicks major butt! If is not an OD however so do not expect to gain it down for that purpose. They make a White model OD for this which I intend to get asap. This unit requires the power supply it comes w as it ia a very high current pedal, the tube really cooks in this puppy. If you try and starve it using an avg 9v or do the dumb daisy chain thing I can see how it would sound terrible much less how it would even work. This is a 400mA current draw, I have never had anything use this high a current and it is stepped up inside. Before I took this puppy out of the box I was empressed by the weight of it. It feels like you have something of substance in your hands and not a hollow box toy. The size was also much bigger than I expected judging by the pictures. A seriously well made product and a spectrum of gain voices. Tweaking on it brought forth some of the best gain tones I have had in a number of years. This is a ridiculously top end product for $150! All this crappola about changing tubes and tossing the EH 12X7A is nonsense. I often use a JAN 5751 in my amp and I can tell you there is very, very little difference in the end result of most tubes. It all depends on the design of the circuit as to the structure of the tone. Replacing this w a Tung Sol that I typically use is not going to magically change the unit, not even a lower gain 5751 or other is worth messing with. Try tweaking the unit, it has an enormous range of distortion gain and voice, if you cannot get a good tone out of it, it cannot ne this box. I like the voice from this better than the high gain channel on my half stack. If you want less gain, get the OD which I intend to get now that I have seen the quality of this pedal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mind Blowing

By Music_man_2008

from Nelsonville, Ohio

Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

Okay i work at a music store in ohio as sale's rep. and we got this thing in the other day and it is unbelievable! we can seem to keep them in stock and neither can hoshino!! You can control every possible tone from this pedal. From this pedal even played thru a fender blues amp you can make it sound like a metal amp. If i were you i would BUY THIS!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Distortion!

By Unnamed User-wYXK3

from New Delhi, India

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Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

Fantastic pedal! This is NOT an overdrive pedal so don't expect it to sweeten a sound that already has a lot of gain - all it will do is add a lot of font end compression and make the sound mushy. It is more like a replacement for the high gain setting on a tube amp. Backing off the volume on the guitar and using just a little bit of gain on the pedal produces really great crunch sounds. The noise gate does its job well as well. If you spend a little time tweaking a wide variety of distortion sounds are possible. I really really love this pedal. The lack of a battery option doesn't bother me since I always used power adapters. If it was lost I would buy it again in a heartbeat!

 
5.0

Best natural drive sound!!

By evilBOXevil

from Cincinnatti

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    I love this thing!! It has a very natural tube drive tone (makes sense, it comes from the tube in it). It goes anywhere from clean sparkling drive all the way to monster metal, all depending on how you dial it up.
    no other pedal has quite this same range of possibility. I love it. try one out if you get a chance, and you'll buy it.

     
    5.0

    excellent distortion pedal, Love it

    By Ronny

    from Mexicali Mexico Baja California

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    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

    • The shape

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
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    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    I have about 14 years playing, I tried a lot of pedals, some distortions sounds hoorrible and makes a lot of noise, this thing sound's amazing and it's true sound like a tube amp with the power of the high gain, also have a noise gate I use this with a tube screamer and guest what the noise of my ts with the distortion it's not there anymore, can you belive sound's great and also I don't need to use another noise gate, it also works like a decimator, so for the price I found this like the best option, in another hand I love the warm and bright that tubes produces but I hate to work with them, if you have a great amp with a good clean chanel, with a TS mod,this distortion pedal with only one tube,and some good warm pick ups in your guitar, I can honestly say that you are going to sound better than some guitar players that uses tube amps, It's true the people always says that my tone it's amazing playing alive and I'm proud of that.

     
    5.0

    Tube King Will Melt Your Face!

    By Xx DBENC xX

    from Port St. Lucie, Fl

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    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    The Holy Grail of distortion pedals! I use this through a Marshall JCM2000 DSL100 on the clean/green channel of course and It absolutely shreds! Like the other reviewer - I to had a Keeley modded Metal Zone and the TK kills it. The variable noise gate is awesome with chugging palm muted fiff'eg. My search is over. Forget Fullbore and DigiTech/Hardwire processed junk. The Tube king owns! Worth every penny... You get what you pay for..

     
    5.0

    Great Distortion

    By Crazy Al

    from Dinwiddie, Va

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    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    The pedal gets a good range of tones all of which are very agressive. I get some really good classic and modern rock leads and rhythm, 70's and up to present. You can get into the metal zone with this but I have heard more agressive metal sounds- only slightly. This pedal does exactly what it is advertised to do and makes even the smallest amp sound great. I have to mention that what type or model of amp you play it into makes a huge difference so if you have a cube or line 6 or so forth you can get almost endless rock/metal tones from this. A tube amp that is also tube rectified should make this sound even better. The tube looks nice the way they displayed it and the knobs are all designed to be break resistant. The overall design is different than your usual stomp box and I like it. I could see some not liking the size and shape in their pedal boards. For me it sounds good enough to use all the time.It is very heavy for it's size and this thing could seriously break your foot if you dropped it. To me that says quality construction and heavy duty components inside.It is nice too that you can turn the amp and or pedal volume level down and this thing still sings and screams. Great for getting the tone at practice levels.This pedal seems to be almost a secret somehow. Get you one while they are still for sale. You won't regret it.

     
    5.0

    Definitely worth it

    By Toovin

    from Alaska

    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    I walked into the music store today lookin' for the Marshall Jackhammer - which they didnt have, but i have tried before so i knew what i was comparing too. They handed me a Bluesbreaker II to try out, and toyed with that for about 5 mins, then they said they just got this baby in: Tube King. At first I was thinkin it was some overpriced fancy lookin pedal. Plugged it in and strummed. I was amazed - it actually sounded incredible compared to those other little solid state pedals. And since its tube and hasn't warmed up yet means it could only get better. Long story short, I bought it - well worth it too. Played through my EMG's sounded amazing, and, on my Wildkat (P-90's) gave the rhythm pups an awesomely warm and clean crisp sound. If you are using a Distortion pedal - try this and be blown away and how much cleaner it sounds - and keep your tone while your at it! Overall... Try it and buy it!!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great with a few small mods

    By AT43050

    from Mount Vernon, OH

    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    This pedal is designed for the heavy metal player. It even says so in the manual. That said, if you are a true connoisseur of warmth, clarity and tone, even a quality 12AX7 will be too hot and shrill for you. Sub a 5751 (30 percent less gain) and you will be amazed. Throw the junk stock tube away or give it to an inexperienced tone deaf friend. It will come alive with thickness, openness and plenty of headroom with still plenty of distortion w/a 5751. It's not a real tube player's pedal until you do this!

     
    5.0

    Best Distortion Pedal, Ever!

    By Fireman

    from New Jersey

    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    This is the only distortion you will ever need, best tones, great features, the sound that comes out of this masterpiece will blow your ears off. Ive had them all, Boss, MXR, Marshall, the Rat, this one kicks all their butts. I run this through a Marshall TSL602 before a Line 6 M13 (don't need the distortions on the M13) and it rocks. You can dial in the Tube King to get any tone you need, Jimmy, Jimmy P, Eric, Eddie, Slash, Hetfield, the possibilities are endless! GET THIS PEDAL!!

     
    5.0

    Great Device

    By Ato220

    from Philadelphia

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    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    I am a new player (at the age of 28) and recently bought this pedal to add a touch of tube overdrive to my line 6 spider IV 30w. I am playing with a Les Paul special and am finding this to be a dream. It makes my admittedly shallow sounding special sound amazing. I haven't gotten through all of the features but just messing around with some of the settings and I can tell that this is something special. I like to play a lot of power chords (I play what I know) and this adds a very nice crunch. I've read a lot of reviews that say that it is a metal pedal, I disagree. I think it is very versatile. It adds that special tone that my setup was sorely lacking, I can only hypothesize that it is because of the tube. Great full sound. I would recommend to anybody playing with a non-tube amp.

     
    5.0

    More distortion than needed

    By rectifryer

    from Florida

    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    I play melodic death metal. This pedal is clear and thick. Too much mids, however. I had to take the pedal apart and replace a few caps to get the exact tone I was looking for( I play a deven string so I pretty much have to do this with everything). I found the exact tone I was looking for after this. Upon taking it apart I noticed the quality parts used to make the pedal. Its comes with a ruby tube 12ax7 ss reissue IIRC. Pretty damn good pedal. I had built the dr boogey DIY pedal (both versions) and they can't even touch this.

     
    5.0

    Tone Heaven!!

    By The Hanging Monkeys

    from Naples, Fl

    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    G&L S-500 (Strat) + Fuchs BlackJack 21 Head + Tube King = FAT Tone. I have never wrote a review before, but had too on this one. I have been buying and selling "Boutique" overdrives and distortions for years looking for that perfect sound. I found it!! I have the chunkiest pure sounding tone now. If your looking to give your strat some Paul Tones, this is it! I set the gain around 2-3 oclock and use the volume on my guitar to go from blues to cha-chunk. The Noise Gate is the best feature ever. Pure Profesional Gain without unwanted noise!! I have paid 3 times more than the price for this. Buy it now before they mess it up(reissue)! Talk about a dirty little secret!

     
    5.0

    awsome

    By Corey-ho.rs

    from Boyce LA.

    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    When I first plugged it in I was blown away the distortion was smooth and tight and it made my crate amp sound almost like a tube amp. I highly recommend this peddle if you are wanting to give your solid state amp a tube like sound

     
    5.0

    WHY BUY SOLID STATE THAT SOUNDS LIKE A TUBE?

    By Rocketman-wwy0a

    from Virginia

    Comments about Ibanez TK999HT Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Guitar Pedal:

    I haven't bothered replacing tubes or capacitors, I have seen no need. That's why you do the research and buy what you need. Yes it is a metal pedal, but I was blown away by the warmth and response by rolling back the gain and punching up the mids. I was in seventies heaven. So it does all the ages as well as a magnificant metal pedal. I just wish there was a two switch model.

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