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Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Overview
  • Completely hand-wired
  • Select JRC4558D IC chip
  • Japanese Mogami OEC cable
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    $499.99
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Built with the pro musician in mind.

The Ibanez Tube Screamer, in its many versions and forms, can be found on pedal boards across the globe. Its warm overdrive is a sound many players, from advanced to beginner, can't be without. The hand-wired deluxe TS808HW Tube Screamer offers even more capability and was built with the pro musician in mind.

Encased in a special, heavy-duty metal box, the TS808HW pedal is hand-wired with select JRC4558D IC chips (same as the revered and often-imitated TS808) and uses Japanese high-end MOGAMI OEC cable (AWG21). Equipped with true bypass, this Tube Screamer sends pure guitar excitement to your amplifier with no tonal loss whatsoever. This is, by far, the most evolved Tube Screamer pedal Ibanez has ever created.

Features
  • Completely hand-wired
  • Select JRC4558D IC chip
  • Japanese Mogami OEC cable
  • True bypass

Order one of the most popular guitar effects pedals ever made today.

 

TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal Specifications:

  • Input impedance: 500 kOhms
  • Output Impedance: 10 KOhms
  • Maximum output level: 0 dBm
  • Maximum gain: +30 dB
  • Equivalent input noise: -100 dBm (IHF-A)
  • Power supply: one 9V Battery or external AC adaptor (AC-109)
  • Dimensions: 4.9"D x 2.8"W x 2"H
  • Weight: 1.2 lb.
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IbanezTS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 17 reviews)

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    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
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      • Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    TS808HW

    I kept reading that the original TS808 was THE box of choice for SRV, Billy Gibbons and others I admired, so it was on my short list to buy someday when I could afford...Read complete review

    I kept reading that the original TS808 was THE box of choice for SRV, Billy Gibbons and others I admired, so it was on my short list to buy someday when I could afford it. Now I have it and I can tell you it's worth every penny. You can start with a seemingly transparent sound and add in that little extra bite that makes your guitar sound special, then dial in the power all the way to scream. The sustain can be amazing, even at very lower volumes. It all depends on how you set it.

    I would have been happy to get the regular version, but when I discovered there was a hand wired version I spent the extra money to get that because my guitar deserves it. SO happy I did.
    Everything you need and nothing more.
    Built like a tank.
    For a hand wired pedal that was already great... yes, it's worth it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great Pedal!

    This pedal is another great tube screamer. Hits the mark for warm screamer tones.

    BUT, don't be mislead by the JRC4558D Chip in it. Most tube screamers have this...Read complete review

    This pedal is another great tube screamer. Hits the mark for warm screamer tones.

    BUT, don't be mislead by the JRC4558D Chip in it. Most tube screamers have this chip. There is one in the TS-7, I'm looking at one right now in my old Arion Tubulator pedal, and they are in many tube screamers.

    Vintage tube screamers sound good, partly from the chip, and party from the caps and other components seasoning over time.

    This pedal set against any new tube screamer is great, but set it next to an early 80's ts808, it doesn't compare.

    Good sounding pedal, but you're paying for the "Hand Wiring," not the chip and the tone. I reccomend for this price just looking at the standard ts808, or getting a ts9 or ts7 and modding it.

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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great pedal, fragile footswitch

    By paul

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The footswitch on this pedal is easily broken. They are a mechanical pushrod / spring mechanism that depresses a button on an electronic switch. If the pushrod gets dislodged or out of alignment you have to replace it. They are not easy to find, according to the repairman in my community. Replacing that mechanism with an older, Whirlwind-type of footswitch is apparently not possible. Tread Carefully!

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    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    My New Old favorite Pedal

    By Casey

    from Cleveland Ohio

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I bought this to replace my old one that finally died after 20 years. This one is definately top end.
      Tried buying it during labor day promotions, which they would not apply to price, they advertise with no restrictions and then wont allow once you are trying to purchase. This has happened several times and you have to call to correct things, part of the hook for us who dont have the time of want to dael with calling in. Disappointing for a long time customer.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well built, great sounding pedal

      By FrankK

      from Midwest.

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            Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            After my Keeley modded TS808 started acting up, I decided to try this hand wired model. Based on reviews here and elsewhere, I expected an exceptionally well built pedal that produces slightly darker/warmer and creamier Tubescreamer tones than the other models, including the Keeley TS808 mod. The reviews turned out to be 100% correct.

            In particular, if you are trying to tame an amp that is slightly bright, this pedal is a dream come true.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            King Of Overdrive!

            By SPACECOWBOY

            from Montana

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Real Amp Sound Feel
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Absolutely None

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • In Front Of An Amp
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This is the only pedal to date that I can stand playing. I prefer real tube amps! I own other tube screamers of the past and the hand wired keeps them snug away in their cute little boxes hoping someday they'll get a chance to be played again. Now I'll say, I've owned the TS808HW for a few years and will put it up against any pedal out there. I always come back to the really deal though, that is, the amp or multi amp set up. The HW808 has a very touch sensitive nature to it. You know, when you slightly turn a knob it does something! Oh and it sounds great too! Unlike many pedals I own or have played through to date! I think I'm sold on the idea that this could be the only pedal I'll ever need. You get what you pay for. This pedal will make modern amp modeling a joke! So let me help you who are lost in finding a great over drive pedal! Look no further! Get yourself some cash and quit beating the devil around the bush!

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great tone, but...

            By SoundChaser

            from SE Asia

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              The sound on this is killer, and can really make your amp want to say "please, sir, I want some more." I like the metal box it came with, too. I bought this one because I like the switch on it and I find the other Ibanez pedals a bit difficult to hit square on sometimes. The only problem with it is that the adaptor input ring keeps coming off, and it is quite annoy to fix it all of time, especially since you have to undo six screws at the back. I would return it, but the cost of shipping makes it an unviable option.

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              (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Great Pedal!

              By GuitTechMan17

              from Evansville, IN

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                    Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    This pedal is another great tube screamer. Hits the mark for warm screamer tones.

                    BUT, don't be mislead by the JRC4558D Chip in it. Most tube screamers have this chip. There is one in the TS-7, I'm looking at one right now in my old Arion Tubulator pedal, and they are in many tube screamers.

                    Vintage tube screamers sound good, partly from the chip, and party from the caps and other components seasoning over time.

                    This pedal set against any new tube screamer is great, but set it next to an early 80's ts808, it doesn't compare.

                    Good sounding pedal, but you're paying for the "Hand Wiring," not the chip and the tone. I reccomend for this price just looking at the standard ts808, or getting a ts9 or ts7 and modding it.

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing pedal!

                    By Jim-Pz4E3

                    from New Hamsphire

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      My two favorite Overdrives. The TS808HW and the Fulltone OCD. VERY different Overdrive pedals. I play hard rock/metal. This pedal is the one I use as a 'soft' overdrive for saxophone style notes. Smooth, and articulate with a a hair of gain. Think Cliffs Of Dover tone. Nice sweeping harmonics...easy on the ears. Built like a tank(I know everyone says that) with it's solid metal casing. The true-bypass switching is as silent as it gets(typically with true bypass you're going to get a small pop of some kind because of the signal jumping wires), and the knobs are even slightly recessed so as to not boot them when switching live and altering your settings. I love the TS808HW, it's a fantastic pedal. Yes it's expensive, and they're limited. BUT it is worth it in my opinion. I keep my 1 channel Orange Amp's gain set at around 10 o'clock, and let the overdrives do the extra work. Cool thing about this pedal is if you crank the gain, it adds a brilliance to high gain applications. A great buy if you have the coin.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Simply the best Overdrive you will get.

                      By Jim-Pz4E3

                      from New Hamsphire

                      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I have owned several overdrives, and still own them. I have the 808HW, an Analogman King of Tone, Lovepedal Kanjii Overdrive, Fulltone OCD, and of course another Ibanez Tubescreamer. I tend to believe that all of them have a life of their own. In terms of tone, and flexibility, the TS808HW is the king. It's simple, and reliable, and gets great harmonics, and doens't sap the mid range, or give you tinny highs. If you can get one, do it, because it'll be the last one you buy.
                      Solid steel casing, recessed knobs, silent true bypass switching, and even comes in a solid metal box.
                      I'm NOT an Ibanez fan, of any sort. I do not like their products, I think their guitars are poorly made, unless you go for the Japanese made ones that are RIDICULOUSLY overpriced.(ESP Custom products being even MORE ridiculous) and the resale on most of those products should you choose to sell them is awful. They depreciate very fast. With that in mind, this pedal they got right, it's well built.
                      The price is a bit on the ridiculous side, but the tone you're getting out of it is pretty amazing.

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                      (2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      ts808

                      By David Thompson

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Very unsatisfied!
                      The warm tone on this pedal is fantastic.
                      Everytime I hit the switch there was a loud clicking that you can hear through my amplifier..very noticable and very poor quality. I have owned both the ts808 RI and the ts 808hw and am returning this pedal for the RI.
                      Not worth the money when makes a LOUD clicking sound every time you switch to distortion.

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                      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Worth Every Penny!

                      By David

                      from Columbus, Ohio

                      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I've been playing for 20 + years and have spent a lot of time playing different distortion and overdrive pedals. I used an Ibanez TS9 for the past 5 years and just felt like something was lacking from my sound. I tried the Plexitone, TS808RI, Boss DS-1 and Marshal Guv'nr to name a few. Nothing came even close to the sounds I get from this pedal. I play a Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro through a Fender Deluxe Reverb RI. This pedal gives me the overdrive I've had in my head. Do yourself a favor and pick up this pedal, you will not be disappointed.
                      It can't get much simpler than this. Three controls (Overdrive, Tone and Level) and you really don't need a manual to understand how to use them. I like to match the effect level with the volume level of my amp on a clean setting.
                      It's seems to be put together to last, I just haven't owned it long enough to give this a fair rating.
                      At the price it is a little pricey but I do believe you get what you pay for. When you compare the quality and sound of this pedal to the originals you definitely get your monies worth.

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