Well, I used to own the original Tubescreamer (Ibanez model) many years ago, and loved it. But sold it, with all my other pedals. My tastes changed as I grew as a musician, and decided I wanted another Tubescreamer now. It's an excellent pedal for putting your solos into high gear, also great for many other types of things. Great for extra "umph", great for adding a bit more warmth, and if you're into SRV, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, and other blues styles, than you need one of these pedals! :)
Would I buy it again...HELL YEAH! Either this one, or the Maxon model.
If this pedal were stolen, I'd find the moron, and beat him senseless with my Mesa-Boogie V-Twin preamp pedal! That sucker weighs 15 pounds, and made out of Diamond-Plate Steel! :)
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: Friend
The Ibanez Turbo Tube Screamer is basically a hot-rodded Overdrive pedal. AC/9V Batt operation, no tubes, good overall overdrive pedal. Very well built, good quality.
If anyone has ever used the original tubescreamer, then, you'll get the basic idea of the pedal. It's simply an overdrive pedal with added features: Original, Plus, Hot, and TURBO. These extra features add a bit more low-end crunch to your sound. Tones from this pedal are very smooth & tube-sounding. Very "creamy".
Please don't expect this to be some kind of hot distortion pedal...it is NOT!
Easy to use, many different setting options. As with most pedals, it will take some tweaking to obtain a desirable tone, but well worth the effort. One of the best Overdrive Pedals out there.
MAXON is the actual manufacturer of the TS-808 microchip. Ibanez NO LONGER MAKES the Tubescreamer models due to the fact that Maxon got the rights back to this chip. So, if you can't find the Ibanez Tubescreamer anymore, NO FEAR, go buy a Maxon OD-808! Same damn thing!
Built out of solid metal, pedal is very sturdy. Even the actual footswitch is very strong & takes some foot pressure to stomp it. Probably last many years, even with constant gigging.
The older style Ibanez pedals were always built well, and can stand up to alot of abuse.
I don't get why everybody talks about how great Tubescreamers are. I can get a better tone just with my Marshall. It's not any worse or better than any pedal I've ever tried, so it's not worth $150.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
I don't understand everyone's high regard of this pedal. I thought it was gonna be some insane distortion like Joe Satrani or something, but it turned out to be almost a clean tone pedal. I can get a better blues tone with just my amp.
Heavy duty BOSS-like construction.