Tube Screamer Style Overdrive Pedals
There are hundreds of overdrive pedals out there, but the Ibanez Tube Screamer is arguably the most renowned. However, there are many brands that now produce their own clones of this popular circuit, many of which we stock!
Introduced in the late 70s, the mean green Ibanez Tube Screamer has become an icon. Adored as a solo boost, the Tube Screamer is known for shelving the low-end of your guitar tone and boosting the mid-range to give it more cut in a band mix.
It's definitely not a one-trick pony when it comes to how it's used, though. For example, the late and great Steve Ray Vaughan ran his through clean high-wattage Fender amps, to push them into break-up while retaining a clear and articulate sound.
Modern metal players use overdrive pedals differently however. By putting one in front of a high-gain amplifier, a Tube Screamer generally tightens your sound because of its EQ characteristics, while adding more gain to give you a saturated distortion tone.
There are many different iterations of the Ibanez Tube Screamer, with the TS9 and the TS-808 models perhaps the most recognisable. However, many guitar pedal companies have taken Ibanez's Tube Screamer circuits and modded them in order to offer something different.
Keeley started out as a company that tweaked Tube Screamers, and they've gone on to establish themselves as a full-fledged pedal company in their own right. Tone City and Mooer produce affordable mini versions of the Tube Screamer circuit, while the likes of T-Rex and Mad Professor offer hand-wired boutique-style Tube Screamer clones.
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