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Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal

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1-1/2 lbs. of overdrive anarchy.

The Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer is a reissue that's just like the original in so many ways. Same factory, same components, same housing, same famous seasick-green paint, and the same crankin' overdrive that made the original one of the all-time classic pedals. Guitar Player called it the best. Plug it in. Crank it up. You'll hear what all the fuss is about. Tone, drive, and level controls.

FEATURES
  • Classic tone
  • Tone, drive, and level controls

Get ready . . . get set . . . GO - into overdrive!

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IbanezTS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 262 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (232)

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    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (36)
  • Responsive (25)
  • Compact (19)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Home studio (25)
  • Professional recording (19)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (10), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My favorite overdrive

The thing that I love best about the Tube Screamer TS9 is it lets you sound like you. A common issue that I have with some other pedals is the way the effect sounds...Read complete review

The thing that I love best about the Tube Screamer TS9 is it lets you sound like you. A common issue that I have with some other pedals is the way the effect sounds the same regardless of the guitar being used. Not with this pedal. Believe the "hype" about the TS9. The TS808 is also recommended, but I happened to prefer the TS9, and it's cheaper to boot.

For those who don't know the difference, an overdrive pedal is best for blues, country, classic rock and good old rock and roll. If you play metal, get a distortion pedal. If you want the 60s "Satisfaction"/Yardbirds/Hendrix era sounds, try various fuzz pedals with germanium transistors.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tube Dreamer

This pedal is not for everybody. It is famous amongst blues players, garage rockers, superchurch powergroups, and classic rock enthusiast. It would work for fans of late 70's/early 80's...Read complete review

This pedal is not for everybody. It is famous amongst blues players, garage rockers, superchurch powergroups, and classic rock enthusiast. It would work for fans of late 70's/early 80's punk rockers, people who are into jam music, Misfits fans, and "light rockers". If you are into devil music, death metal, powerviolence, shock rock, cockmetal, late 90's pop-punk, or "emo", then I am afraid that you might have ahard time finding a place for this pedal on your board. I, personally, love this pedal and feel that it would give me years of use with it's versatility. I would buy it again if some butthole stole off the stage.
Simple as it should be.
This pedal is my new secret weapon. It can range from having the tiniest bit of bite for a "mean and clean" kind of sound, or it can have quite a bit of break up. It can also be used to push your (tube) amps preamp for more of a natural sound. The type of guitar/pickup you are using has a pretty big effect on the way this pedal sounds. For instance, when I plug in my SG, it has more breakup and sustain than my Tele. It really lets the overall tone of your guitar shine through. Poop guitar = poop screamer. The pedal is also very responsive to the tone knobs on your guitar. Between your guitar, your amp, the pedal, and your playing; you are bound to find a sound that you enjoy with this tube screamer.
Being a producer/engineer, all pedals are valuable to me. This pedal, however, seems to have a low frequency roll off around 100hz. It definitely changes the EQ curve of your quitar, boosting midrange frequencies - which may be why it sounds so cool when it's voicing the high notes of your guitar. This interesting effect, I feel, would deem it unsuitable for players looking for a "mesa in a box", or "Marshall in a box". I would say that if anything, this pedal sounds like an overdriven tube combo amp - old style, you know, the ones with just a volume knob.

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(14 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Tube Dreamer

By Anonymous

from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

This pedal is not for everybody. It is famous amongst blues players, garage rockers, superchurch powergroups, and classic rock enthusiast. It would work for fans of late 70's/early 80's punk rockers, people who are into jam music, Misfits fans, and "light rockers". If you are into devil music, death metal, powerviolence, shock rock, cockmetal, late 90's pop-punk, or "emo", then I am afraid that you might have ahard time finding a place for this pedal on your board. I, personally, love this pedal and feel that it would give me years of use with it's versatility. I would buy it again if some butthole stole off the stage.
Simple as it should be.
This pedal is my new secret weapon. It can range from having the tiniest bit of bite for a "mean and clean" kind of sound, or it can have quite a bit of break up. It can also be used to push your (tube) amps preamp for more of a natural sound. The type of guitar/pickup you are using has a pretty big effect on the way this pedal sounds. For instance, when I plug in my SG, it has more breakup and sustain than my Tele. It really lets the overall tone of your guitar shine through. Poop guitar = poop screamer. The pedal is also very responsive to the tone knobs on your guitar. Between your guitar, your amp, the pedal, and your playing; you are bound to find a sound that you enjoy with this tube screamer.
Being a producer/engineer, all pedals are valuable to me. This pedal, however, seems to have a low frequency roll off around 100hz. It definitely changes the EQ curve of your quitar, boosting midrange frequencies - which may be why it sounds so cool when it's voicing the high notes of your guitar. This interesting effect, I feel, would deem it unsuitable for players looking for a "mesa in a box", or "Marshall in a box". I would say that if anything, this pedal sounds like an overdriven tube combo amp - old style, you know, the ones with just a volume knob.

(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite overdrive

By jjm_1965

from Milford, CT

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

    The thing that I love best about the Tube Screamer TS9 is it lets you sound like you. A common issue that I have with some other pedals is the way the effect sounds the same regardless of the guitar being used. Not with this pedal. Believe the "hype" about the TS9. The TS808 is also recommended, but I happened to prefer the TS9, and it's cheaper to boot.

    For those who don't know the difference, an overdrive pedal is best for blues, country, classic rock and good old rock and roll. If you play metal, get a distortion pedal. If you want the 60s "Satisfaction"/Yardbirds/Hendrix era sounds, try various fuzz pedals with germanium transistors.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This one sounds great!

    By Jon Molitoris

    from East coast USA

    Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

    Don't buy into the tone snobs.......this version of the tube screamer sounds just fine. Is the Ts808 or maxon stuff better? Maybe, but not by much. This one gets the job done. It sounds excellent in front of a lightly overdriven tube amp. Very smooth with single coils. Gains up nice without all the fizz many others have. Get this one, use the extra coin you save on something else.
    It's an overdrive, 3 knobs is plenty.
    Very solid. Knobs are nice and firm, not cheap feeling at all. Foot switch works fine. Japan made is always better quality.
    For the price, it sounds as good as the other versions. Trust me, the ladies at the club do not care which overdrive your sportin. I have used the behringer version in the plastic case and guess what...very close, slightly less gain, plastic box sucks, I was not booed off stage or anything because I had a cheapo pedal. That being said, the ts9 is rock solid gig after gig.

    (9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding Overdrive Sound!

    By AIC Fan

    from Round Rock, TX

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    Pros

    • Beautiful Overdrive Sound
    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Great Pick Attack
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • For Hard Rock And Blues
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

      If you are past the death metal or Metallica sound phase and are looking for a Hard Rock, Blues, "mature guitar player" sound, this is a great option. Just a great sounding pedal that doesn't destroy your tone...only adds to it. I use to be into heavy distortion, and lets face it, heavy distortion is easier to play guitar to since it hides all your imperfections. Not so with this pedal. This pedal lets your tone and technique shine through. Great pedal.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      TS9- Great Overdrive

      By MS12813695

      from AL

      Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

      Great pedal to have on your board.
      It is pretty simple. But it does what it is suppost to. If you have this coupled with Tube amp it really responds well. It is a true overdrive (not a distortion pedal). You can really control the "break up" of the sound with you right hand (if your right handed).
      Basic contorls - Gain, Volume, and Tone. You don't need anything else from an overdrive.
      Well made. I like it overall. Only complaint is the LED. It is really hard to tell when it's on or not based on the LED. Even in low light it is difficult.

      (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing pedal!

      By Db129

      from Chicago

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

        I don't use it as a distortion pedal like some do, but more like a boost. Roll the drive back, level up, and tone to taste and leave it on and the clean and dirty tones from the amp just sound so much better. Try this pedal if you haven't already!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Rhythm tones are great, different from a ts808

        By Nathan

        from Houston

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Muddy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

          I have purchased this same pedal twice now, and essentially found a common denominator with the pedal. I compare this pedal to the ts808 I have, because I just really like that pedal. For me, the ts9 is actually identical to the ts808, but it has a bit of difference in the feel of the gain.

          The overdrive is slightly less defined & crystalline, another factor is that is simply may "cloud" a signal more than it does "layer" with the signal like the ts808 does.

          There is a slight raise in bass over the ts808 (and the clean signal in general). This isn't good or bad, but I think is what could make this a "hard rock" rhythm tone because hard rock isn't necessarily crystalline & clear.

          I think it's a very good tube screamer varient, and I don't think it's better or worse than an 808, I think it simply has a different application. The ts9 for me can do blues, but with it's harder edge, increased distortion & bass can sometimes lead to a bit of muddiness, which doesn't make for sweet edge of break-up tones.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Not just for tube amps

          By Fendercrazy

          from Spokane WA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

          In response to the review with the Cons: Not For Solid State
          Tube Screamers actually work great for solid state amps. Probably not the best choice for a modeling amp or Line6 Spider, but I've used them with Music Man (they had ss preamps), Peavey, Fender, 80s Dean Markley, Yamaha and 80s Laney solid state amps with great results. I have a friend that drives the front of a Roland Jazz Chorus with a TS9 and it sounds fantastic. Plug a TS into a good clean channel you can get great classic crunchy TS tones that they are known for. Or they can be used in a drive channel to achieve really good hi gain that will rival several of today popular amp heads.

          (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sweet tone

          By theabeglez

          from miami, Fl

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Not Dirty Enough

          Best Uses

          • Full Chords
          • Home Studio
          • Improvising
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

          very warm and sweet tone when it comes to playing full or power chords. but not too dirty when picking single notes. love it that it does this.this way I can pick neatly and fill the choruses with dirtyness when only one guitar is playing.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Mod What?

          By Eelcloud

          from Oakland,CA

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

            You don't need a mod on this pedal, you don't need another version, this sounds fantastic straight from the box. I dare you to put this pedal up against any other stock overdrive pedal. You can't beat the price, it's almost silly how easy it is to sound like a pro guitarist-and after 30 years, no less!!!

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Arguably the best pedal ever.

            By DShaw77

            from Fort Lauderdale

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Pushes Preamp Tubes
            • Responsive
            • Versatile
            • Warm Midrange

            Cons

            • Not For Solid State
            • Not Much Distortion

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Improves Any Tube Amp
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

            Everybody and their grandmother has used one, and for good reason. When used as a boost for the preamp of a tube amplifier, nothing else sounds quite as good. The chief complaints I hear are "It doesn't sound good with my solid-state amp." or, "It doesn't have much distortion." Well, they're right on both counts. Although it is marketed as having a smooth tube-breakup sound, I still wouldn't rely on it as a tube amp emulator. Secondly, no, it doesn't provide much distortion. Your tube amp is supposed to do that in conjunction with this pedal. When used properly, it sounds amazing. When used to push your Line 6 Spider, it's never going to sound right.

            (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not like the one I had thirty years ago

            By trixie

            from ba oklahoma

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            Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

            This effect takes away the bottom end of your sound. It does give a warm distortion tone for solos but does not add sustain like the original tube screamer did.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A must have!

            By cliffs of dover

            from San Diego

            Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

            this is probably the 3rd time I've had one of these and each time I sell it,later I have regrets. this time I'm not selling it.... I put this in front of my peavey classic 50 2x12 on my overdrive distortion channel,mainly for solo boost and everytime I use it,it definetly has a nice round tone to my leads. very legato friendly and has great attack when picking every note. there is a reason why Mr.SRV himself was using it! the Boss SD-1 came close to what I want,but the TS-9 is my first choice for my lead work in the front overdrive/distortion of my Peavey Classic 50 2x12(great amp by the way) this is industry standard guys! buy it,use it wisely where its needed.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            That extra JUNJUNJUN

            By J Bohn

            from Hawaii

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            Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

            Using it to boos the gain channel on my 6505+. It's pretty common with metal guitar player I guess. I think the first time I heard about tube screamer boost was from Killswitch Engage. Anyway, I like what I'm using it for. Gives my tone that extra JUNJUNJUN that I wanted. Pedal looks cool and made well.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Product

            By theallens1304

            from Dillsburg, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Quality build
            • Well Balanced

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Private Sessions

            Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

            Great product. Perfect balance of crunch and blues. If your looking for a quality distortion pedal without heavy metal distortion, this is your choice.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Pedal

            By JW

            from Los Angeles

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

                The tone range is great. The surprise huge plus for me is I'm able to get the great tone out of my Fender Blues Deluxe with lower amp volume.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BEST PEDAL EVER INVENTED

                By AK

                from Cincinnati, Ohio

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Impeccable Sound
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

                    This is, in my opinion, by far the besty pedal i own. The sounds is absolitely amazing. The blues tone it gives is incomparable. It hits the highs that will melt your face off. If your thinking about buying this pedal, don't. BUY IT! YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED!

                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Just Amazing!!

                    By Gibsonboy

                    from san juan, pr

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

                        Just an amazing pedal, very nice and smooth overdrive, it sounds strong but at the same time nice and bluesy. If you crank the gain level, this pedal can give you a good and heavy sound for your rythym and solos. This pedal is a must have!!!!

                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A lil work

                        By TeleTwang

                        from Southern Illinois

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                        Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

                        I'm not a huge fanof the TS9 stock. I modded it to 808 specs and I love it. If you're looking for really dirty this isn't for you. The 808 is around $170-$180 now I think. With a $15 modkit and maybe an hours worth of work you have the same pedal. This is a permanent resident of my board. This circuit has fathered prolly 95% of all OD pedals.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best overdrive pedal

                        By JohnStrat66

                        from NJ USA

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                        Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

                        I've tried other pedals, and none gave me the sound I wanted like the Tube Screamer. This is the pedal.
                        No other pedal gives the sound I want like this Ibanez Tube Screamer. From just enough bite to full out growl, this can do it. With humbuckers it gives very nice warm overdrive easily and naturally sounding, not processed like other pedals out there. With single coils, it growls to make bluesy harmonics to metal screams sound so much better. This is the benchmark overdrive pedal that others are compared to. Don't settle for less.
                        I really think Ibanez makes everything bulletproof. yes, electronics can pop, but these last forever treating them well. Don't keep dropping it and it will last you forever.
                        The sound bite you want and a reasonable price. What else do you want?

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