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Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal   

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From the 9 Series comes the Ibanez JD9 Jet Driver overdrive pedal, offering a wide variety of overdriven tones from vintage crunch to punchy distorti...Read More

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From the 9 Series comes the Ibanez JD9 Jet Driver overdrive pedal, offering a wide variety of overdriven tones from vintage crunch to punchy distortion. With an organic sound and true-bypass switching, you won't have to worry about your tone being colored when adding the Jet Driver to your signal chain.

Equipped with massive amounts of output volume, the JD9 Jet Driver is ideal for pushing tube amps. Drive, Volume, Mid, and Tone controls let you find just the sound you're after.

From smooth overdrive to amp-like distortion.

FEATURES
  • Wide range of tones, from smooth overdrive to amp-like distortion
  • Organic sound and true-bypass switching
  • Massive amounts of output volume
  • Ideal for pushing tube amps

Got a great-sounding tube amp that needs a kick in the pants? The Jet Driver is for you. Order now!

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Ibanez9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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WOW!

Just the other day I went to a music shop to get a new distortion pedal. I was previously using a cheap one from washburn. From what I saw on the internet, I...Read complete review

Just the other day I went to a music shop to get a new distortion pedal. I was previously using a cheap one from washburn. From what I saw on the internet, I decided to plug in the Ibanez Ts9, Ibanez ts808, and the MXR drive III. The TS9 gave a 25% more punch when all the gain and drive was up, but highly compressed/muffled the tone. The MXR kept cutting in and out, and lacked tone. The Ts808 gave about 45% more gain to the tone, but generated a ton of hiss to the speakers. I told the guy at the shop the issues at hand, and he pulled out this pedal. I dialed in a good tone and wow, this thing TOTALLY dominated the gain levels. With the mid control, you WILL NOT SCOOP YOUR MIDS! It essentially takes the mid range and sets it between 4-12, then you control from there. It will either boost them or keep them at 25% of what your amp can do. If you're a fan of really high gain (Periphery, Between The Buried and Me, As Blood Runs Black, etc.) DEFINITELY get this pedal. It will not dissapoint.

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Underwhelming

I pre-ordered this back in February based both on the clips Ibanez had posted online and the buzz from trade shows, expecting this to sound at least somewhat like the demos which showed a...Read complete review

I pre-ordered this back in February based both on the clips Ibanez had posted online and the buzz from trade shows, expecting this to sound at least somewhat like the demos which showed a flexible pedal that could do mid- to high-gain sounds straddling the line between an overdrive and a distortion. Unfortunately, this is not an apt description of the pedal. Instead, the JD-9 sounds like what I feared it would be essentially a warmed-over Tube Screamer with a little bit higher gain and a mid control (which is its one saving grace). It is a decent-sounding pedal for what it is, but is certainly not the absolute revelation that Ibanez's video demos promise.
Moreover, side-by-side with several other pedals I own (T-Rex DGTM, Option 5 Destination Overdrive II, Barber Tone Pump, among others), there's no comparison every single overdrive pedal I own or have tried seems better to me, both in terms of tone and the price-to-quality ratio. I have no doubt that there are those who would feel differently, but this pedal just didn't do it for me.
This isn't a case of bad equipment making a great pedal sound mediocre I run a Gibson LP Jr. into a British-made Orange AD-15, and my amp loves pedals from boosts to distortions. Instead, it seems this is a case of a mediocre pedal that Ibanez undoubtedly used creative audio editing to turn into something else for their videos.
My advice if you think a Tube Screamer with a mid knob sounds like something you're looking for, then this will do the job. Do not think that this will sound like the demos online it doesn't.

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5.0

Great OD at Great Price

By Adam

from Arlington, VA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I would definitely recommend this pedal to anyone needing a good, solid, rock overdrive sound. It is very responsive, and cleans up well when rolling off the volume or tone knobs on your guitar. It's my go-to overdrive pedal for playing rock music. Two things to note: it is too heavy for blues, and not heavy enough for metal. Keep that in mind for anyone looking for those tones. Other than that, I can't recommend this enough!

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    5.0

    Very pleased with the sound vs. the traditional TS

    By Mike

    from Dallas, TX

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I got this looking for a little more bass response to a traditional Tube Screamer. It hit the nail on the head. I own a TS Mini that has great reviews, but this box gives me a fuller sound and still allows me to dial out the bass to get more of the nasal midrange if needed. It is built like a tank and weighs almost as much as one (that's a good thing to me). This is a winner of a pedal.

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      5.0

      Solid buy......

      By DRROCKSO

      from IL.

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      Comments about Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I got it on a stupid deal . That made it way sweeter. Still , even at list its a good pedal for the money. It does generate a bit of noise though. Not crazy extreme noise but its there at higher gain settings for sure. I will have to agree with some of the other reviewers and say its a TS with a mid control. There are many TS clones and different versions of the original by the original manufacturers and they all sound a little different. Similar , but different. I have never been that overwhelmed with them . Then I heard a band and the guitar player had a similar set up but ran a Jet Driver. And the tone was amazing. I now have that tone when I want it and I'm very happy with the pedal overall... Not a bad tone to be had at any setting. A lot of gain or near clean , its all good . The mid control is a must and it works just as it should. Its a solid buy.

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      4.0

      Nice pedal

      By MochiKing

      from Maryland

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Got this on stupid deal of the day. Nice pedal, using it fairly clean to drive my amp and shape my tone. Mid control is great. Basically using it all the time now.

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        5.0

        I would definitely recommend this pedal?

        By The Grampster

        from Daytona Beach, USA

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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 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Works well as a Tubscreamer, Distortion Pedal or Both, very easy to go from mild to wild!

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          4.0

          Cool Pedal for the right price

          By JACSTRAT55

          from Southern California

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good distortion not difficult to use.
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Can have noise but, I use a suppressor to quiet

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I like the distortion tones I get from it. I feel for what I paid I got an excellent pedal. I gave it only four stars because it generates more electrical noise than my Maxon SD9. I rate it as a great pedal overall.

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          4.0

          Great Deal! TS at a bargain price

          By BFrank

          from San Francisco

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Great crunchy sound with lots of character. Not sure how it's different from a Tube Screamer, except cheaper.

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            5.0

            No regrets on this purchase!

            By Lonegigger

            from Minnesota

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • NO CONS!

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I don't use heavy distortion all that much, but when I do, I wanted something on my pedalboard that I could dial in, leave it and stomp it when I needed it. I bought this pedal on a 'stupid deal of the day' offer and was thrilled. The pedal is built like a tank. I dialed in a distortion setting in about one minute and that was that. Furthermore, I generally dislike mid frequency honkiness and this pedal's mid control did a STUNNING job of cutting that out. I can't say enough about the frequency controls on this pedal. I would have gladly paid the regular price for this gem, and if mine ever gets lost or damaged, I'll order another one in a heartbeat.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            "Quality Guitar Pedal"

            By David P. Makowski

            from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Killer Tone
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • 1970's Heavy Metal
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            Comments about Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The Ibanez Jet Driver is a well built quality guitar pedal that is perfect for playing 1970's Heavy Metal coping sounds from early Judas Priest, Scorpions, UFO, Montrose, and Budgie. This pedal is clear, articulate, loud, and has a very authentic tone. I play Gibson guitars so I do not know how it would sound with single coil pickups. The pedal sounds really, really good with my Les Paul's and SG's. I tried out all the Ibanez and Maxon Tube Screamer pedals and found the Jet Driver was the best sounding out of all of them to me.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very Cool!

            By jmcfly16

            from Canada

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Ibanez 9 Series JD9 Jet Driver Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Picked up this pedal on a whim about a month ago. I tried it out in the store because I'd never seen this model Ibanez before. VERY smooth overdrive, basically like a ts9 on steroids, except it's also much louder!
              I love that the pedal has a mid control on it - makes it extra versatile!
              It's extremely sturdy, and not bad to look at on the pedalboard!

              My only complaint is that it makes a loud noise when activated, as if there's something loose or the input/output screws are loose. I've read other reviews that have said the same thing. It's not that big a deal playing with a band because you won't hear it over the noise unless you've got a LOT of delay or something like that to make the noise worse.

              I'd definitely recommend it to players of all styles that are looking for a very versatile overdrive!

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