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The Holy Grail of Tube Screamers.

The Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue is back. This is the incomparable overdrive pedal that vintage gear hounds are always hoping to find. The 2004 TS808 reissue features the same famous square footswitch and the warm tones of the JRC4558 chip used in most of the original TS808s. Ignore look-alikes. If your tone is suffering from a lack of real warmth, the TS808 is the real, nongeneric prescription.


Order the real thing and get the warm overdrive you've been missing.

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IbanezTS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue
 
4.7

(based on 127 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (105)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Compact (6)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great piece of pedal

This pedal lives up to it's original claim, at first I was skeptic, after all I could return it, oh no, it stays in my arsenal, this is the real deal!

This pedal lives up to it's original claim, at first I was skeptic, after all I could return it, oh no, it stays in my arsenal, this is the real deal!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The Legendary TS-808, with legendary problems

This is a reproduction pedal of a classic so I suppose thats why the stuck with the original design instead of fixing the obvious and well documented problems. First the good stuff... It...Read complete review

This is a reproduction pedal of a classic so I suppose thats why the stuck with the original design instead of fixing the obvious and well documented problems. First the good stuff... It sounds good. The pedal is reasonably sized so it fits on a pedal board pretty good. The controls are nice and give about the variety of control you'd expect form a tube screamer type pedal. Dont run it through the FX Loop. Its gotta go in the front of your amp or it will sound horrible. Now the not so good stuff. The switch WILL break. The square button was a bad design from the start and if you ever have it modded or get a mod kit it will always come with a proper button switch. So eventually you'll need to repair the switch. While your inside the pedal you may as well fix the other big problem... the LED is worthless. Unless you stand directly over the pedal in the dark, you can't tell if its on or off. So switch out the LED. This requires using a smaller resistor. Its not a complicated mod so you can do it yourself. If you can't or don't want to then have a qualified person do it. I really helps to be able to tell when your pedal is actually on or off. Thats kind of the point of an LED on/off indicator. Yes I would recommend this to friends but tell them to just have it modded immediately.

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(11 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent pedal

By MyBalls

from VA

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Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

Decent pedal over all is the best way to sum it up. IMO its way overpriced and you can get something a lot better for the same price. Tubescreamers were great and were used by many great guitarists, but they just arent made the same anymore. Ibanez knows how many artists endorse the name Ibanez Tube Screamer and they know that people are going to buy them. Therefor they aren't really inclined to make a quality product like say a new company would. These pedals are mass made. Im sure the actual cost of these things is around 1/10 of the actual price, probably less. I have a 1982 TS-9 and while I know its not the same product, after A/B the two beside each other I know that these pedals aren't worth the buck (or the 180 bucks) anymore. Beside the original 80's pedal it sounds like a tin box... Really. This is with a USA Fender Strat through a Marshall Super Lead 100 watt. I mean, its not bad, and if I didn't have the original to compare it to... I might not have noticed it's inferiority. But truly, I didn't have to take more than 5 seconds to know... It was just that obvious. Nonetheless people are going to buy these because they are going to google Stevie Ray Vaughan or some other artist or simply just from hearsay due to the legacy that Tube Screamer has made for themselves. I dont claim to have a perfect ear, and I know everyone has different tastes, but this pedal isn't worth it... Apart from the sound, take a look on the inside at the circuit board, or the whole pedal for that matter, and think about how much this pedal really costed to build... If I were to stress any point in the review is this ... "TIN BOX". Pretty decent overdrive, but it doesn't sound "real".

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Owned the longest of all my pedals.

By Rockerduck

from Marietta, Ga

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Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

I can't complain at all. This is the best distortion for a Marshall amp made. Works with my Mesa too.
What can I say? I've kept this pedal longer than any pedal and its still on my pedal board. It delivers that cut through lead like no other.
Hasn't failed me in 5 yrs. of gigs.
A little over priced.

(6 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Ibanez TS808

By 375421820

from ND

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

If you can handle this pedal with oven mitts and padded shoes for your entire life, be my guest. All I can tell you is that from just regular use it broke down on me and it needed to be replaced after a year.

What I'd recommend doing is what I did after my TS808 broke down, and get a Keeley TS9. It was the same price as the Ibanez TS808 for me, it has a greater range of overdrive, no midrange hump, the same chip as the TS808, a nifty blue LED on the front, true bypass switching, a higher quality switch and knobs, and it has yet to fail me in three years. Do yourself a favor and get the Keeley! You won't be disappointed in that pedal.
Everything you need and it's easy to figure out, and it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a bad tone out of this pedal. I do wish it came with true bypass switching, but that's not a big deal with this pedal as it doesn't color your tone a lot when it's turned off.
Horrible build quality. This pedal started breaking down on me after about six months, and had to be replaced within a year. The knobs started falling off as they are made of very thin, cheap plastic, the switch started sticking, and the input and outputs started fussing. If I didn't have my guitar cables plugged in just so, there wouldn't be any sound or it would crackle a lot. The switch in particular was annoying; imagine having to stab at the numbers on your cell phone just to get them to work, and you'll know what this pedal was like trying to turn it on and off. It was really only used for bedroom jamming and the occasional gig, so it wasn't handled poorly, just regular use. Also, I don't stomp on my pedals, I tap. I'm not stupid enough to treat a pedal this expensive like a toy.
Sound is exceptional, build quality is horrible, so that evens out to a five for me. Unacceptable for a pedal that costs this much.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

The Legendary TS-808, with legendary problems

By Corp

from Endor, Moon

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

    This is a reproduction pedal of a classic so I suppose thats why the stuck with the original design instead of fixing the obvious and well documented problems. First the good stuff... It sounds good. The pedal is reasonably sized so it fits on a pedal board pretty good. The controls are nice and give about the variety of control you'd expect form a tube screamer type pedal. Dont run it through the FX Loop. Its gotta go in the front of your amp or it will sound horrible. Now the not so good stuff. The switch WILL break. The square button was a bad design from the start and if you ever have it modded or get a mod kit it will always come with a proper button switch. So eventually you'll need to repair the switch. While your inside the pedal you may as well fix the other big problem... the LED is worthless. Unless you stand directly over the pedal in the dark, you can't tell if its on or off. So switch out the LED. This requires using a smaller resistor. Its not a complicated mod so you can do it yourself. If you can't or don't want to then have a qualified person do it. I really helps to be able to tell when your pedal is actually on or off. Thats kind of the point of an LED on/off indicator. Yes I would recommend this to friends but tell them to just have it modded immediately.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Blues Pedal

    By Dr. DWR

    from Dayton, OH

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    Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

    This is the tone I've been after for years! If you want a classic blues tone (e.g., SRV, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Albert King) this pedal is for you. I use mine through a Fender tube amp, which is a must. This pedal will not work well unless you plug it into a good tube amplifier. Also, the pedal is meant to give you "clean gain." In other words, you can get classic sounds out of it, not heavy distortion. If you're style is hard rock or metal, this pedal isn't for you. It's designed for blues and classic rock players.

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    TS808 vintage tube screamer...

    By tony paul

    from Ogdensburg, new york 13660 Canadian b

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • At Times I Actually Have
    • Baby And It Really Scream
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Feedback
    • Leslie West Would Love It
    • No I Do Not Use An Amp
    • Put Compression On This B
    • Stop The Screaming
    • Strictly Thru The Pa
    • To Dampen The Strings To

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

      Full overdrive with mid tone and 9 o"clock level thru PA = no need for an amplifier. The best overdrive I have ever used especially with compression added between pickup and guitar volume knob..... it not only screams , it moans...Love it!!!!!!

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      warm, natural, tube like, overdrive

      By B. Brazil

      from St. Louis Mo.

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

        This is a wonderful overdrive pedal to go with a tube amp that is already breaking up. I use this with a Marshall class 5 tube amp and I love it. I have owned this pedal for more than a year. I have not had any problems with it. I would describe this pedal as warm. This is an overdrive pedal. It is not a distortion pedal. I would not recommend this pedal for a solid state amp.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Way, Way Overpriced

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

        This model has the notorious on/off switch that will need to be replaced after about 1 year of pro use -- it is a bad design. The pedal itself sounds great, really about as good as the earlier ones. My issue with this is they are charging $79 more than the other Screamer models because of the op amp used in this one, which is a 50-cent part, my friends. At that price, they could have at least included true bypass in the unit and improved the switch. Be aware that this DOES NOT sound like the TS9 Screamer. This is not the model SRV used. I tend to like the sound of the 808 a little more than the TS9, but your tastes may be different. I don't play live with my latest 808, because I don't want to stomp it hard and have to replace another switch. It is what it is.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love It or Leave It. I Love the TS808

        By Tater

        from Springfield IL

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

            I Love It

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great piece of pedal

            By kenny

            from undisclosed

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

              This pedal lives up to it's original claim, at first I was skeptic, after all I could return it, oh no, it stays in my arsenal, this is the real deal!

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              80's rock all the way

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

              I wanted that classic 80's tone so I decided to contact musicians friend costumer service and they directed me to this pedal, and I couldn't be happier with what came out of this thing. It has a perfect 80's rock tone and it's great for strumming. It'll go anywhere from virtually clean to mild distortion, perfect for playing 80's. This is a classic overdrive with amazing sound, it's WELL worth the price. If your looking for a good strumming and/or nice 80's drive, THIS is your pedal!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Less is more... with a tube amp.

              By Dr Giggles

              from San Francisco

              Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

              This pedal is designed for tube amps with a meaty gain knob. Just enough to push the gain of the amp into nice thick overdrive without muddying up the sound. On any tube amp with no gain knob... like the fender Pro Junior for example.. your not going to get much extra OD or distortion. But with a amp like the Tiny Terror.. it's perfect.. more than enough.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

              This pedal is the best sounding pedal I have ever used. I use it as a volume/gain boost for solos, and the warm distortion and sustain it adds helps me rip a great sounding blues-rock solo using my Fender Highway One Strat with GFS 1959 Professional Series pickups and Fender Blues Junior amp. The only reason I am giving it a 4.5 for features is because not having true bypass circuitry at this price is a bit of a let-down. However, this doesn't change the tone too much. If you play blues or classic rock and love natural warm overdrive, get this pedal.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great, but pricy

              By CHT

              from Calgary

              Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

              I have mucked about with various overdrive pedals over the years and am finally quite happy to settle in with this one. Great, if subtle, tone and simple enough to be effective when you need it. Only down side is the steep sticker price for a reissue. If you are considering one of these, go for it - you won't be dissatisfied.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SO NICE!!!

              By Christopher Garrido

              from Pensacola FL

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              Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

              AMAZING!!! If your looking for one GET THIS ONE!!! wont be dissapointed
              The Tube Screamer is AMAZING! It gives you a nice crunch sound instead of in, my opinon, a not nice distortion (not a big fan i like OD). And yes there is a difference. The gain nob goes from just tad crunch to a SICK ZZ TOP sound! The volume nob goes from quiet to "I HATE my neighbors" LOL
              The Tone gives you muddy or crisp treble.
              ONLY ONLY ONLY thing i didnt like was the switch. You have to hit it straight or it wont engage. BUILT FORD TOUGH or RUNS DEEP LIKE CHEVY which ever you preffer, it could go through WW3 and still run for President!
              I put a 10 cause after i bought it i didnt realize the value of it, I was sketched out just a tad because i had never herd of tube screamers. I know I know how do you not hear about tube screamers but after doing some research and playing one in the store LEGIT!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Classic pedal

              By Stanley

              from Wichita, Ks

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              Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

              Once you use this pedal a while, it's hard to play without it. I mainly use it as a compressor with just a light crunch. It slightly reduces the initial attack and then stretches the note with a nice sustain. It really helps single coils sound bigger. It truly is a classic pedal.

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Too expensive

              By Ilove my fender1

              from Bakersfield, CA

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              Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

              Just to all people who think the TS808 is "better" than the ts9, you are wrong. They both use the exact same circuit, Ibanez just put this one in different housing and made bit more expensive. If you want the Holy Grail of overdrive, get this one modded by Robert Keeley.

               
              5.0

              I would buy this ever

              By Luciano

              from RJ, Brazil

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

                In my pedalboard

                 
                5.0

                Just like they said

                By Bobby Mac

                from North Bay Cali

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

                  Plays well

                   
                  1.0

                  Not getting the hype

                  By PC

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not Responsive
                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

                    So I'm running it through a Blues deluxe reissue, playing an American strat and tele. The amp has been modified, replaced original speaker with a swamp Thang, replaced pre-amp tube with jj5751, and upgraded the reverb tank to a 3 spring tank... Great clean amp, worthless OD channel. so I pick up a TS 808. I've tried my amp on every setting, and the only way I can get a serious crunch with this pedal is to turn my master all the way down and crank my drive knob. Which of course gives me od, and the pedal just enhances that.

                    The pedal sounds tinny and very midrangy, the tone knob either amplifies the midrange or muddies it depending on which way your turning it. Right now I have the pedal drive knob cranked and it is barely breaking up, where my fuzz face is at unity gain, and is distorting that same clean channel like crazy?

                    Maybe this is the wrong amp to run this pedal through, I don't know, but it will now be my new clean boost , with just a hint of hair, and I'll use my new Fulltone OCD overdrive pedal which is way more responsive for a 3/4 of the cost. Color me not impressed. Again not a pedal expert, but I've literally tried every combination I could think of.

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