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Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal   

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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 sea...Read More

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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.

1-1/2 lbs. of overdrive anarchy.

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  • Classic tone

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

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IbanezTS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 244 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (216)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (23)
  • Responsive (19)
  • Compact (14)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Performances (16)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
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    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (8)

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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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

That extra JUNJUNJUN

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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.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The King!

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

    The one and only!
    The king that's why they call it a tube screamer!!
    It's built like a tank, very dynamic pedal responds to your playing...

    One small criticism, the LED barely shines when lit,
    If you have a tube amplifier , get one!

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    4.0

    Rhythm tones are great, different from a ts808

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    from Nathan

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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.

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      5.0

      Does what it should!

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      from Greater Cincinnati

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      Pros

      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

          Classic bite without sounding like death metal!

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          5.0

          Great pedal

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          from Cincinnati

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

            After almost 20 years of playing with distortion pedals, this is my first time using an overdrive pedal. I can't believe it took so long to switch. The tube screamer sounds great on top of clean or lead channels, it can be used to add a warm and rich boost to solos, and has a wide range of tonal options. I play through several different amps - Vox, Fender, and Mesa - and I like what the tube screamer adds to each of my setups.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Product

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            from Dillsburg, PA

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            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.

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            4.0

            Blues and Classic Rock

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            from Los Angeles

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

              This is the classic tube screamer tone. It leans more to vintage than modern sounds--blues, classic rock, alternative. It's pretty simple, which I like in effect pedals. Sturdy construction.

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              5.0

              TS9 is a SCREAMER!

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              from Hanover, PA

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal:

                Had a TS10 which finally gave up the ghost. The TS9 dsuplicates the effect exactly. (and costs less).

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Not just for tube amps

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                from Spokane WA

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                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.

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                (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Outstanding Overdrive Sound!

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                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.

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