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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.
Reviewed by 64 customers
Horrible tone, save your money and get something better. You get what you pay for.
I got this thing 4 years ago for a Christmas present. It got me by for the next couple years practicing in my room but when our band started doing shows i decided that i really needed a new one. I just got a new amp today (Fender Frontman 65R) and the buzz on the distortion channel was bugging me so i plugged this thing back in. It sounded like someone threw a blanket over my amp. It was all muffled and i preferred the buzzing. My old amp was i piece of crap so i just figured it was my amp that sounded bad but this pedal sucks. Our other guitarist needed a new pedal and i offered to just give it to him for free and he wouldn't take it. DON'T BUY THIS PEDAL.
I picked this pedal up with low expectations, but it turned out to be one of my faves. I've used it in hybrids, SS and tube..and its worked great. The DS7 can go from a hint of overdrive to a deep fryer type fuzz. With a rectifier's mid presence, it creates a wall of sound that is one of the most violent tones you can get in drop tunings. When dialed down, it produces the crunchy distortion of the classic rock era. The tone is tight and defined. Some orange boxes need to be combined with a yellow box to get the same effect. I own those too.
It's a decent pedal for guitar, it doesn't quite produce the warm sound I'm looking for but if you're simply looking for distortion this pedal will do the trick. It won't do the trick for bass though, it completely takes away all of your low end.
I've actually had my Ibanez DS-7 for many years now. I can't say that I really used it heavily, but certainly enough to put it to the test now and again. The 3 knobs are enough to get some different sounds, though I've always felt that the more EQ/shape knobs there are always helps. Knobs for both Bass AND treble probably would have been better, but this pedal is much less expensive than most. One of the downsides is the buzz that the pedal puts out. A noise suppressor would help, or anything that may cut down on the interference. The pedal seems a little better for lead than rhythm guitar, in my opinion anyway. It's a little bit too unrefined to be able to play full chords and have it be clear and full. Anyways, the advantage to this pedal is that for the price, it's really a good value. It's less money than a lot of other things out there, but can still start you off on the right foot.
I have a vintage Gibson amp as a spare that I love very much. It has beautiful tone. After replacing the speaker I decided to look for a distortion pedal, the amp is very loud and clean and dosen't overdrive. I make all my purchases from Musicians Friend. So I found the DS7 and listened to the sound clips and decided to order it. Man am I glad I did. I can get that Leslie West tone I love so much! He is one of my all time favs along with Paul Kossoff. And the distortion cleans up nicely turning the vol down on the guitar. I have a very basic setup I have 2 single channel combo amps, and 2 strats that are hardtails with 1 humbucker and 1 vol knob each. and a great lil' acoustic. I call em strat juinors. But anyhow, if your looking for a great distortion pedal that works great for classic rock or even music thats a bit heavier, try a DS7 and let your own ears decide...I think you will like what you hear, I sure did!
I got this pedal a few days ago,and im very impressed.I play blues,rock,hard rock,and jazz.This pedal can be used on any style of music that requires distortion,even metal.nice work Ibanez.
My friend gave me this pedal because he doesn't play guitar any more. I also got a boss distortion one too, you know those orange ones. If you were to compare them,ide honestly say that this pedal is much clearer sounding.If you have the distortion knob almost all the way up and the tone almost all the way up with resonable volume, and strum a c chord you can clearly hear each string individiually. If you tremelo pick you can hear the pick scratch the string, its jsut so clear.As for sound, i think its more for classic rock to maybe alt rock, but not necessarly for metal. You could mess with it all you want, but only get like 3 or 4 osunds not even. Its cheap but definately descent quality. The knobs are sweet because you can dial it in a than just push them back in and they stay that way. To change the battery you jsut hit that black switch on the back of it and it pops open and then u jsut give her some new juice. Ibanez put a very versatile pedal together:)
I have had this pedal for a few weeks now, and I am loving it. I bought this pedal because I needed some way to get distortion on my practice amp. My amp is really small with only one jack for the guitar. the way to set it up is pretty simple...AMP--->PedalGuitarThis thing eats batteries so I suggest buyinmg the AC adapter.
I bought one of these about 18 months ago because I wanted a simple distortion pedal for a low price. This pedal does everything I could ever want. I use an Ibanez GRX20 and a Kustom amp and this completely brings the tone I haven't found in other pedals. With low gain it brings a nice clean warm sound and high gain just slashes through. This pedal definitly beats the capability of the Boss DS-1 and is a better value than the Digitech Hot Head and other compatible pedals. The metal casing and Pushlok knobs are very useful and can take a whole bunch of abuse offstage and on.
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