Ibanez Tubescreamer

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About the Ibanez Tubescreamer

The Ibanez Tube Screamer is the most famous guitar pedal of all time. As well as being one of the first, for many, it is the ultimate low to medium gain overdrive pedal.

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
  • Singing, vocal quality
  • Natural, dynamic sound

Frequently Asked Questions about Ibanez Tubescreamer

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.