The Ibanez Tube Screamer is possibly one of the most popular pedals on the planet. You will be hard pressed to find a guitarist without at least some kind of tube screamer in their pedal collection. It is mainly used in one of two ways as a smooth creamy overdrive which is amazing for blues and rock mid gain tones or as a boost pedal to take push a clean or overdriven amp. Every guitarist has somewhere they could use a TS9 so what are you waiting for!
As an Overdrive Pedal
While it may not be as smooth as the TS808 the TS9 still offers a beautiful overdrive sound that really makes the midrange pop out. This mid range peak is amazing in live situations when you need to pop through the mix for your next solo. Don't want as much of a peak in the midrange? No problem just lower the tone control and you get a smoother rhythm overdrive tone.
As a Clean Boost
A lot of overdrive pedals with the gain turned down make great clean boosts but nothing sounds like a tube screamer. Even when turned down to 0 you still get a little bit of overdrive but the tone is more consistent with a clean boost like circuit. You just need to turn on this pedal once and you will hear how it just gives your clean sound that little bit of grit whenever you need it.
As a High Gain Boost
In recent years the metal guys have got their hands on tube screamers and have used them add a different dynamic to their high gain sounds. The tube screamer not only adds a bit of gain but also gives your sound more bite and attack which is what you need when you want to get into fast gated high gain rhythms.
Here's what Ibanez say about the TS9 Overdrive Pedal
The Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer is a reissue that's just like the original in so many ways. Same housing, same famous seasick-green paint, and the same crankin' overdrive that made the original one of the all-time classic pedals. Guitar Player called it the best. Plug it in. Crank it up. You'll hear what all the fuss is about. Tone, drive, and level controls.
- Drive, Tone and Level controls
- Power Supply: One 9 Volt Battery or external AC adapter AC509 (sold separately)