Ibanez Tubescreamer

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About the Ibanez Tube Screamer

The Ibanez Tube Screamer is one of the all time classic guitar pedals. As well as being one of the first, for many, it is the ultimate low to medium gain overdrive pedal. Easily recognisable from its famous seasick green paint job, the Tube Screamer is loved for its clean boost that can naturally overdrive your amp to retain punchiness and clarity. Loved by a huge amount of popular guitarists including James Hetfield, Eric Johnson, Buddy Guy and Brad Paisley to name a few, the Tube Screamer gives you detailed level controls to saturate your overdriven amp with pronounced mid frequencies. There are many variations on the Tube Screamer including the TS808 overdrive pedal that features the same housing, same circuitry and same cranking attitude as the original vintage Tube Screamer. Many companies have their own interpretation of this pedal, but an authentic Tube Screamer pedal, has to be experienced to truly realise what all the fuss is about!

Introduced in the late 70s, the Tube Screamer has become an integral part of so many iconic guitar tones, most notably Stevie Ray Vaughan's scintillating Texas blues sound. It is famous for having a pronounced ‘mid-hump’, this means that the mid-frequencies are much louder than the bass or treble frequencies. Guitar players like this for giving their guitar a singing, vocal quality which cuts through the mix really clearly.

Designed to sound like organic valve amp overdrive, the innovative features of the Tube Screamer were to use an operational amplifier coupled with two symmetrical silicon diodes rather than a transistor based circuit like early fuzz pedals. This gives the Tube Screamer a natural driven sound which still retains the dynamics of your playing.

The Tube Screamer is all over much of the last 40 years of guitar music from blues to metal to rock to indie.

What Makes the Ibanez Tube Screamer Different?

  • The most famous effects pedal of all time
  • True signal bypass
  • Natural overdrive tones
  • Singing, vocal quality
  • Retains your amplifier's natural dynamics

Frequently Asked Questions about Ibanez Tubescreamer

Question: Are Ibanez Tube Screamers good?
Yes, the Tube Screamer is one of the most iconic and popular overdrive pedals ever.
Question: What does an Ibanez Tube Screamer do?
A Tube Screamer allows you to overdrive your amplifier's preamp whilst controlling your tone to create a pronounced and clear distortion.
Question: Does the Ibanez Tube Screamer take batteries?
Yes the Ibanez Tube Screamer takes a normal 9v PP3 Battery. The only exception is the Tube Screamer Mini which is too small for a battery and needs to be powered from an external power supply.
Question: Who uses an Ibanez Tube Screamer?
The Ibanez Tube Screamer is one of the most used pedal effects ever. A short list of players who have used one includes Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, The Edge, Rory Gallagher and Steve Vai.
Question: What is the best Tube Screamer?
Although there are many Tube Screamer variants (and copies) on the market, the best model will surely always be the TS808. This was the original Tube Screamer model and defines the sound of this iconic pedal. The TS9 is also popular but is brighter and not as smooth sounding.