The reason I got hooked on this pedal was I'd heard a band in a local bar playing that was pretty impressive. After they did 2 sets I asked the guitarist what effects he was using. Pretty simple set up Digitech Whammy pedal, an original Ibanez TS9 pedal, and something he called an Ice box?. He raved about the TS9 for a while. After doing some research I found out the original TS9's can go for anywhere from $250-$400 so that was out of my price range. After reading some reviews and talking with some local players I decided to get the TS7 which is definitely affordable. It was recommended that if I wanted even stronger tone and get real close to the TS9 sound, I could get the t808? chip modification which would run me maybe another $50 (easily affordable as well). Right now I like the pedal the way it is but it's always nice to have options.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $32.00 (new)
Where Obtained: E Bay
Ibanez TS7 Tube Screamer
Mode switch Settings
Both AC or battery available. Very simple and straight forward design. Weight is 13.7 ounces without the battery in it. White metal/heavy aluminum casing. Bought as a used item off E Bay but box had never been opened and bag was still factory sealed with paperwork and the factory battery installed and working.
Retails for $59.95 in my area and I bought this one for $32.00 plus $5.00 for S&H.
All transistors no tubes necessary.
Love the sound.
The boost in tone and volume is balanced very well without it becoming distorted unless you purposely adjust the settings that way. Haven't decided whether or not to get the chip mod yet which is an add-on (by tech) feature that will give you even more boost.
A very small and controllable amount of unwanted noise on the HOT setting which is very easy to manage and correct.
Extremely simple to use. Plug it in, adjust your settings then press the controls down and your done. To operate the mode settings all you need to do is flip the small black switch. For such a small and very simple pedal I can't believe how much of a boost in sound quality you can attain.
Adjusting the three settings to get "your" tone is the only time you'll have to invest which is still relatively simple.
Very well built and sturdy. I would have liked to have seen the bottom completely covered in black sponge/foam but the weight is good with what they have on it now. All the controls and the footpedal spring are heavy duty and could most likely take a lot of abuse.
The casing is just heavy enough so that you can't easily kick it around yet it won't feel like your carrying a bowling ball either.
My only question is the type of metal used for the casing. While it is very strong and sturdy, past experience with white metal/heavy aluminum is that it doesn't handle being dropped too well without either fracturing or breaking. I'm not intending on using it as a ball replacement for batting practice but I wouldn't want it stored in anything less than a slightly padded case.