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Ibanez Tone-Lok TS7 Tubescreamer Pedal  

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    Expands your guitar's expressive range and maintains its tonal integrity.

    The Ibanez Tone-Lok Series TS7 Tubescreamer Pedal is the world-famous original Tube Screamer overdrive, with something extra. A boost switch has been added for extra saturation at the touch of a button. Adjust your sound with the drive, tone, and level controls on the Tubescreamer.

    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.

    Features

    • Drive, tone, and level controls

    Improves the range of the original Tubescreamer and maintains its tonal integrity. Get yours today!

     
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    4.6

    (based on 87 reviews)

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    This stompy does his job

    Ibanez released several TONE LOK goods, and I have DE7 delay and echo pedal and this Tube Screamer 7.
    This pedal has very affordable value to young guitar freaks in the town....Read complete review

    Ibanez released several TONE LOK goods, and I have DE7 delay and echo pedal and this Tube Screamer 7.
    This pedal has very affordable value to young guitar freaks in the town. But NO ONE knows its worth. (Of course, I know TS9 is a true masterpiece and its sound is not a industrial hoax.) TS7 has great function as a booster for a rock lead, with HOT mode on.
    I am an extreme user of gears, which mean by extreme is, NO Gears are bad as I think. There are plenty of weak and bad players, just wander what stomp box has imaginary recording sample-like tone. (I was and am too. haha.. )

    I do recommend this pedal for flexible rock fans.
    I have read an review on the section of this pedal in musician's friend and the article's title is "Highly Underrated". Yes, It has less reputation. No bad reputation.

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    Is This The Same Pedal?

    This seems to be a great pedal at a great price, but I think otherwise... A friend let me borrow this pedal for a while and I must say I'm pretty unimpressed. ...Read complete review

    This seems to be a great pedal at a great price, but I think otherwise... A friend let me borrow this pedal for a while and I must say I'm pretty unimpressed. I was expecting a good overdrive pedal that sounded similar to the TS-9. Instead I get this mediocre overdrive pedal in a mediocre metal casing. I think this pedal sounds kinda fake and flat, it has very little character. I've tried it though my 3 amps, a 25 watt solid state Fender, an all tube Peavey and a little 25 watt practive amp. I wonder if this pedal is defective or something, because it dosn't sound as great as it is described, I've used better pedals for this price, I think I'll pass this one up.

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    4.0

    This stompy does his job

    By G_Sagoonja

    from Daejeon, Republique of Korea

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Ibanez Ts7
    • Scream
    • Tone Lok Ts7
    • Ts7
    • Tube Screamer 7

    Cons

    • Noisy

    Best Uses

    • Boosting The Lead Tone
    • Chunkier Rhythmus
    • Slight To Heavy Gain

    Ibanez released several TONE LOK goods, and I have DE7 delay and echo pedal and this Tube Screamer 7.
    This pedal has very affordable value to young guitar freaks in the town. But NO ONE knows its worth. (Of course, I know TS9 is a true masterpiece and its sound is not a industrial hoax.) TS7 has great function as a booster for a rock lead, with HOT mode on.
    I am an extreme user of gears, which mean by extreme is, NO Gears are bad as I think. There are plenty of weak and bad players, just wander what stomp box has imaginary recording sample-like tone. (I was and am too. haha.. )

    I do recommend this pedal for flexible rock fans.
    I have read an review on the section of this pedal in musician's friend and the article's title is "Highly Underrated". Yes, It has less reputation. No bad reputation.

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    5.0

    great overdrive

    I went to the a local music store with the intention of buying a mic stand but ended up leaving with this hot little pedal. I was just trying out some different pedals for ideas for future purchases and this thing just hooked me. it has a great warm sound and can cut the mix like nothing else. It's good for crunchy chords and literally screams on solos. wont do for metal but if you play anything from blues to hard rock it's a shoe in. I will be getting another of these

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    5.0

    Good and Cheap

    I like this pedal. My cat peed on it and it's toast so I ordered another one. I have an 808 reissue and a ts-10 I bought in the late eighties so I can do a comparison. The TS-7 is a good sounding pedal and a great value. My 808 sounds a bit warmer but I like the TS-7 because it cuts better. My TS-10 is good, but the switch is unreliable, it's a pain when you have to keep stomping it to make it come on. Also the TS-7 has the "fat" switch which makes it much more versatile. In short buy it, it's cheap, sounds good and is solid.

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    5.0

    Highly Underrated

    By The Grin

    from Alberta, Canada.

    My brother wanted to learn guitar so I took him to get an Ibanez Starter package. When he lost interest, we made deals for concert tickets. I kept the TS7 with out playing it for a while and when I did I loved it. Not high gain enough for metal but if I do some rock or blues on stage, this pedal will find a FIRM home. Another option is you could use it to boost your current gain if your the kind of person who never turns it off. But my favorite use of this pedal is the hot switch and its boosts of the lower end makes it the perfect pedal for bass guitar. It does carry a little noise but with the money saved, buy a noise gate.

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    4.0

    Good for lead!

    By Stratsrock2213

    from carribean

    The Ibanez Tubescream TS7 is great for lead guitar. It's very sturdy, because of it's metal case surrounding it. It is great for medium rock and heavy blues, but I wish it could go a little heavier on sustain and tone. When I first got it, I thought it was AWESOME!!! And still do to a certain extent! If you play stuff like AC/DC or Guns n Roses, then this is what you want!!! But I almost never use it in metal. Otherwise it ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

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    5.0

    LOVE IT for what I need

    By Festersfingers

    from L.A. in South Florida

    I bought the TS7 just to have something extra in front of my Peavey 212 special and it has been there ever since.It sounds great when i use it to spice up the clean channel. It makes the lead channel melt my notes ( and fingertips)and just pushes the ultra channel into the a place i didn't know i could get to with one pedal. My only downside to this pedal,which has been explained to me with a little research, is that it is noisy. But that will never get in the way of using. It just makes my set up sound great live or recording. My main guitar is an ESP LTD MH series, for those that would like to know the complete set up.Great Screamer!!!

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    4.0

    The only Screamer worth it's price

    By DEATH-gaccV

    from CLEVELAND

    I'm a gearhead, I design and build a lot of circuits. Of all the tube screamers, this is the only one worth the price. There's no magic, they're all VERY basic cheap circuits anyone with 5 bucks for parts and a soldering iron can build. Of the screamers out there, this gives you the most for your money and is also the cheapest. You have a lot of gain and if it's not enough, a hot switch. This gives that midrange peak resonant frequency everyone seeks from the screamer line and results in that slight wahing, twanging sound everyone buys them for. Hit some fast runs or sweeps and this effect melts the notes together nicely.My only criticism is they're noisy and, the "legendary" stock chip JRC4558 is one of THE worst chips used as OEM by the commercial guitar industry. There are lots of myths about these chips and who makes the best but it's all lies used as a sales gimmick. It's thin, dirty and degrades clarity compared to the NE5532 which shames this chip in all aspects. Even with the chip upgrade though, it's still a noisy pedal by my standards which is the nature of all screamers. Also keep in mind it's an overdrive so if your amp doesn't already have a gutsy, raunchy, metal face melting distortion, this isn't going to push it into that realm. You need a distortion pedal not an overdrive hence the different titles.Bottom line is if you want the screamer's midrange wahing, twanging quality this pedal delivers it extremely well.

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    4.0

    great for deathmetal!

    i run this through the front of a 100watt peavey valveking head into a peavey windsor cab. i must say, i cant believe i survived past shows without the tone i get from this pedal! Added clarity and tight crunch is what can be found in this pedal. this pedal is now one of my most valued pedals next to the bbe sonic stomp (cant have articulate tube crunch without a sonic maximizer :D). i run the drive a little over halfway with the level all the way to the right and tone a little towards 1 o'clock. my head gain is set at about middle and my sonic stomp is 12 o'clock'd....this is the most ballzy tone i can get without getting muddy. its phenominal for deathcore and deathmetal where tight, responsive lows and cutting mids are needed. this pedal comes after my noise gate and i cant believe how there is NO difference when i mute my strings-no buzzing or hissing! though the hot mode can produce this. the hot mode could be useful but not for the sound i want. its too warm and my lows become crap. I play in dropped c and d standard primarily and for the intense music i play, this pedal offers the tone i need. buy one if you cant afford the ts-9- the difference is slight, it all depends how you set it. This final piece to my rig has gotten me the tone i craved when i played on the 6505+ and other fantastic amps-this set up comes close with only slight tonal differences, i.e. my sound is warmer whereas the 6505+ is just knife-sharp distortion. finally, the tone-lok feature is so handy, im glad i can lock in my tone literally, without worry of knobs getting bumped!

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    5.0

    Great Sound-Great Learning Tool

    By RickPlayerSC

    from Chux, SC

    I bought one of these used when they 1st came out, and as far as a tube screamer, I own them all, and I love this one. I don't know why. However, this thing has some junk parts in it. The switch for instance, is absolute garbage. I've worked on this pedal and switched out parts to fix it... then I started to tinker a little. This pedal has been a great tool to learn how to solder and tinker. My favorite TS pedal... I like the sound of an 808 but that thing is different, I'd compare to TS-9, TS-9dx, TS-10, and the other regular ts pedals.

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    5.0

    Great value in an overdrive

    By Camurai

    from Maine

    I would have called this an average overdrive but for the inclusion of the boost switch. It's got good Tube Screamer tone, and for the money is hard to beat. It's not exactly a looker, but it's pretty versatile, and it definitely gets the job done. If money is tight, this is your pedal.

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