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Ibanez Tone-Lok DS7 Distortion Pedal

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The Tone-Lok Series DS7 from Ibanez is one of the most versatile rock distortions you'll find. Dials in a wide range of smooth distortions, from subt...Click To Read More About This Product

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Days of sustain and gobs of gain!

The Tone-Lok Series DS7 from Ibanez is one of the most versatile rock distortions you'll find. Dials in a wide range of smooth distortions, from subtle to rock 'n roll crunch. Tone, Level, and Drive controls in "set and forget" Push-Lok knobs.

On the outside, Tone-Lok effects are equipped with the Ibanez exclusive "set and forget" Push-Lok rotary pots. Push the knobs down and your tone settings lock securely inside the case”no more lost settings or broken knobs.

On the inside, Tone-Lok guitar pedals feature hi-fidelity components carefully tweaked with the constant input from a new generation of Ibanez players. And all this great stuff comes encased in cool looking, road-tough metal boxes at prices the working player can afford.


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Good value and quality lacks features.

By Erich

from LaPlata, MD

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Great Value.It needs more knobs for better tweaking.Good for metal/hard rock.Its low-gain distortion leaves something to be desired.


You get what you pay for

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I don't like this pedal at all. The distortion is too messy, and it sounds horriblear high volumes. It's too noisy and unclear. It is now at a point where I don't use it at all because the pedal has to be hit multiple times to get it to turn on, unless it is a 5 minute old battery. I do not recommend this product to anybody.


Awesome Pedal

By MetalHead456

from Atlanta, GA

I've had this for about a year and I love it, it sounds amazing with my Peavey Amp and I recommend it for anyone who loves metal!!!


Entry level Distortion

By Neotoxin

from Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

I like the sound (its subjective anyway). The not so good about this thing is the noise it makes. Its noisier than the Boss MT2. You definitely need a noise gate/supressor down the line. I'm also having a problem with intermittent switch. Gotta try clean it up with contact cleaner



By jeff m

from Matthews, NC

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this pedal is awesome! originally i got it for putting some stuff up on ebay for a buddy of mine. now i don't use anything else! this pedal sounds nothing like the price may suggest. i'll take this over most distortion pedals any day of the week.


Really Good

By tim-3NDqK

from Holland

I bought this ds7 pedal because it sounds great and it has all the functions you need to play ''normal'' rock, so if you want to play things like korn or whatever a turbo distortion is better, i believe.


Sweet Pedal

By Nick-L5k3c

from Ohio

This pedal is just flat out sweet, it is a little much, for a 16 year old kid anways. I have a Fender 212R and I would rather use my DS7 than the footswitch. Defenitely worth the money. The tone-lock feature is defenitely pretty cool too, especially if you kick yours around as much as I do.


Do not get!

By Mark T

from America

This is not a good choice. It has no bass and is very tinny. If you have a bit more money to spend then do something else. The pedal over all looks very good. It's is very durable but, it has very poor quality sound. In other words it's not worth buying.


All you need to start

By Personthatdosentlikethecrybabywha

from Battleground, WA

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This pedal is pretty good. my favorite part of it is that it is very strong. it can take a hell of a pounding and work fine for a long time. It has a pretty heavy sound with all the knobs to 10. im not sure wether it eats up batteries fast or not, cuz i use a power supply. by the way, all you guys who complain about this pedal eating batteries, maybe you should use a power supply too. then you don't have to bitch when you have to spend the lunch money your mommy gave you on a new battery. yeah, this pedals good, get it if you have nothing else or oyu just want a pedal that you can always depend on.


Great pedal for HEAVY riffs

By corey-hHLdj

from Belle Mead, NJ

bought this pedal a while ago, and I havnt played a gig without it since. i love the sound this pedal can put out, i definatly recommend this pedal for anyone looking to give their amp an insane heavy metal sound


Theres better out there

By SuperCoolDrummer

from san francisco

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Very hard to get a good tone from, it really feels dry and 'too digital' most of the time, I prefer my Boss DS-1 over this any day.


Not the greatest, but not bad at all

By Rob-C-brC

from Sewell, NJ

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The Ibanez DS-7 Distortion pedal is pretty good- lots of tone and overdrive control, and plenty of volume. The type of distortion may not be quite what you're looking for, but it really does the job. I'd reccommend using a noise suppresor/noise gate along with it to minimize unwanted sounds.


As far as distortion goes, good pedal


from Wisconsin

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I got this pedal because the shop didn't sell any boss ds-1 pedals. I brought it home, messed with the knobs a little, hooked it up to my Epi VJR and jammed. Perfect distortion. NO BUZZ WHAT SO EVER.



By Kennasty Skaterman

from Harker Hts, TX

It's a kind of marginal pedal. I prefer my other pedal, a zoom 505II to this one. This pedal sounds thin, just not too great. i havent had any problems with the batteries. It's been reliable and ive had it for 2 years, so yeah. if your on a budget, go for it, it wont let you down, but its not the best.i used it with my squier strat with HH pickups through a fullstack.


Good for a fairly new guitar player

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I liked it for when I didn't play too many different levels and types of distortion...but I've moved on to the Boss Metal Zone MT-2...which is better because it's mainly different sounds you can make with it


Ibanez kicks boss in the face...

By Hunger

from New York, NY

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This pedal is totally awesome and the best in this price range. The Boss DS-1 is about the same price but so weak compared to this thing. The DS7 gives you a decent range of modern, edgy distortion tones that sound very smooth and are great for those starting out or with a budget. Not for pros but if you're just rehearsing or jamming this is the one to buy.


Simply excellent

By Jeremy the Phuzz

from PA

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I've been sqeezing the life out of this thing for 7 years now, and it still puts up with me. The gain on this little trooper is absolutely ridiculous; I rarely even need to turn it up to the max. It's so much fun to use with a small amp; I can recreate that shrill, high-end 70's rock sound perfectly, and it could blow my windows out with my main 50-watt amp. This my first effect pedal ever, and it's the only distortion pedal I will ever need. Highly recommended.


Great for the price...

By yourstupidgame

from San Antonio, TX

The Tone-Lok series is a great innovation allowing the user to "lock" the desired settings. You'll never accidentally change your settings - awesome feature! The distortion can handle anything from classic crunch sounds to moderately heavy rock sounds. If you play incredibly aggressive music, you may not be satisfied. There is only one tone knob, so there is only so much control you will have. This pedal would probably work well in any situation except the stage. Good for jamming with buddies and maybe even some amateur recordings. If you plan on playing live regularly, get something better.


this pedal sucks

By dkmfan4189

from Claremont, NH

this pedal sucks. its only good for a really heavy nu-metalish sound and is noisy as hell. low drive settings are really undefined and crappy sounding. the only thing iv ever tried that was worse was the TS7. my advice is to go get a smashbox, they are way more versatile and much better overall



By KingNothing6666

from CS, COlorado

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I really like this pedal. It's really nice for my standard distortion tone and I use it the most out of all the ones I have. Compared to my Grunge pedal it's not as distotiony but it works great. If you just want distortion get this pedal

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