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Overdrive pedal from Ibanez belonging to the 9 series

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  • misterrenardmisterrenard

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 01/28/06 at 13:07
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    USE

    It can not be simpler

    SOUND QUALITY

    See global opinion

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    If we want an overdrive very useful delicacy for warm overdrive and crunch sounds rather vintage, there is no problem we can buy eyes closed. For more aggressive overdrive, prvoir another pedal because ct has not be enough.
    Cete pedal is part of my sound palette prfr blues, funky rhythmic crunch ect. A little expensive it's true (110E), relatively few can rglage, ds that rglages of Tone and volume are suitable only gain deserves to be used. But after all, the sound is very good and it is the principal.
  • romain27romain27

    TS9 vintage 1983 JRC 4558D

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 12/03/14 at 10:55
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    Ideal material to attack a very good tube amp

    UTILIZATION

    3 pots easy to adjust
    put the gain at 10:30
    to level at 14.00
    set the tone at 11:30

    With that you bump the ideal medium for solos or all blues sounds

    SOUND QUALITY

    Are legendary
    Drive that does not distort the sound of the guitar or amp (ideal)
    Its to boost the amp, give body to the sounds

    OVERALL OPINION

    Always copied never equaled
    For me the best drive I've ever used
    Caution must buy a TS9 with the original JRC4558D chip, because the grain copies or reissus has nothing to do especially if you use it with a good tube amp.
    There is nirvana
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    Ideal material to attack a very good tube amp

    UTILIZATION

    3 pots easy to adjust
    put the gain at 10:30
    to level at 14.00
    set the tone at 11:30

    With that you bump the ideal medium for solos or all blues sounds

    SOUND QUALITY

    Are legendary
    Drive that does not distort the sound of the guitar or amp (ideal)
    Its to boost the amp, give body to the sounds

    OVERALL OPINION

    Always copied never equaled
    For me the best drive I've ever used
    Caution must buy a TS9 with the original JRC4558D chip, because the grain copies or reissus has nothing to do especially if you use it with a good tube amp.
    There is nirvana
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  • -Livingroom--Livingroom-

    A little bit of legend

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 03/03/14 at 07:58
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    Analog overdrive pedal format classical guitar type boss. Jack connector, standard 9v supply, rackmount or non editable model. The whole is placed in a sturdy metal case. Jack in, jack out, and roll youth!

    UTILIZATION

    A tone, a drive and volume, nothing too bad, after the effect is very accurate, which induces specific settings to find a sound that mixes well with the general mix (you can quickly fall into a shrill sound or aggressive).

    SOUND QUALITY

    This is a nice overdrive, less warm than 808 ts (and incidentally cheaper too), with a nice bump in the mids and tight bass that suddenly are reduced compared to the untreated. Works very well with guitars of course, but a…
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    Analog overdrive pedal format classical guitar type boss. Jack connector, standard 9v supply, rackmount or non editable model. The whole is placed in a sturdy metal case. Jack in, jack out, and roll youth!

    UTILIZATION

    A tone, a drive and volume, nothing too bad, after the effect is very accurate, which induces specific settings to find a sound that mixes well with the general mix (you can quickly fall into a shrill sound or aggressive).

    SOUND QUALITY

    This is a nice overdrive, less warm than 808 ts (and incidentally cheaper too), with a nice bump in the mids and tight bass that suddenly are reduced compared to the untreated. Works very well with guitars of course, but also keyboards (rhodes particular). It is very good for its driven gently, or upstream of a real distortion, at the time it used to change the eq for drilling during lead passages. We can blame him a simple tone instead of eq fuller, but it allows a large number of shades.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I kept some time before selling because it does not suit the band's sound in which I was (at the time I did not have my home studio or my personal projects otherwise I would have kept! ). Qualities may be its shortcomings, namely its sound will not suit all styles, even in the blues. This remains an excellent pedal, cheaper but less friendly than its predecessor, which must be done to get the best!
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  • StratocarminStratocarmin

    Transformer amp cheap!

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 03/15/13 at 09:04
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    Overdrive pedal with drive, tone and level.

    9V power supply standard.

    UTILIZATION

    It is fairly simple to use as delirium is always to know the measure with something else in its settings.

    Attention to it can generate buzz especially vintage.

    SOUND QUALITY

    It's simple you have a sea amps ù ^ m $! You want better sound with a warm drive, which will give a small lamp next to your old marshall 30 watt transistor war. Take it!

    All blues players I part is the drive to have.

    Do not expect a distortion to the brutaldeathdouble trashmetal undercore is not made for it. Although coupled with another distortion, this tends to drive round your sound.

    This gives a lit…
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    Overdrive pedal with drive, tone and level.

    9V power supply standard.

    UTILIZATION

    It is fairly simple to use as delirium is always to know the measure with something else in its settings.

    Attention to it can generate buzz especially vintage.

    SOUND QUALITY

    It's simple you have a sea amps ù ^ m $! You want better sound with a warm drive, which will give a small lamp next to your old marshall 30 watt transistor war. Take it!

    All blues players I part is the drive to have.

    Do not expect a distortion to the brutaldeathdouble trashmetal undercore is not made for it. Although coupled with another distortion, this tends to drive round your sound.

    This gives a little crunch, just enough to get a blues sound without being rough (not replace it after touching anyway).

    Coupled with an AC30 + compressor + a p'tite reverb, it gives you a sound that will prevent you from scratching your release for two hours. Mellow sound with sustain, vintage grain. No matter if you are on strat on both LP sound.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's been 6 months since I played with a vintage and I still enjoy.

    It allows me to have the additional crunch the AC30C2 (I does not fully gain on the clean channel for effects). It is almost always walking again.

    This is really a plus in your board.
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  • Fanou83Fanou83

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 03/12/13 at 04:14
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    Overdrive. Probably THE reference!

    UTILIZATION

    To use, you can not get any easier. Rules you rate'' crunch'' and tone.
    Once you have your sound volume to the rules you there is no difference in volume pedal engaged / activated

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effect is nickel.
    it is a very light crunch that appears when you attack the strings frankly, its a good rock.
    PS: for metalheads, go your way, it is an overdrive!

    When I play in a group, this is my main pedal: lespaul, ts, bassman

    As advised by the greatest, I also tested this pedal in front of other pedals overdrive / distortion / fuzz for a little boost. It is true that it adds a little something.

    OVERALL OPI…
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    Overdrive. Probably THE reference!

    UTILIZATION

    To use, you can not get any easier. Rules you rate'' crunch'' and tone.
    Once you have your sound volume to the rules you there is no difference in volume pedal engaged / activated

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effect is nickel.
    it is a very light crunch that appears when you attack the strings frankly, its a good rock.
    PS: for metalheads, go your way, it is an overdrive!

    When I play in a group, this is my main pedal: lespaul, ts, bassman

    As advised by the greatest, I also tested this pedal in front of other pedals overdrive / distortion / fuzz for a little boost. It is true that it adds a little something.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for about a year.
    I have another overdrive (marshall bluesbraker, bluesdriver boss, and another which I do not remember the name)
    The Tubescreamer is, by far, my favorite. The others are nice, but it was the most pleasant sound to my ears
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  • BoooooLBoooooL

    Also works on a bass!

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 03/03/13 at 16:56
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    Everything has already been said ...

    UTILIZATION

    Everything is very clear and simple, just as there was already said ...

    SOUND QUALITY

    I use it with my Gibson EB2 bass on an Ampeg SVT VR, and many say it sends the big sound. Of course, this chow quite low, but given the bass and the amp, there's largely offset by the lack ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it extensively for two years now, the sound suits me really well, the only one I can find is that most of my lights when I push them to the bottom but it is still rarely possible ...

    The value for money is in my opinion excellent. Ok Boss pedals may be a little cheaper but the sound is really nothing to see, it'…
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    Everything has already been said ...

    UTILIZATION

    Everything is very clear and simple, just as there was already said ...

    SOUND QUALITY

    I use it with my Gibson EB2 bass on an Ampeg SVT VR, and many say it sends the big sound. Of course, this chow quite low, but given the bass and the amp, there's largely offset by the lack ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it extensively for two years now, the sound suits me really well, the only one I can find is that most of my lights when I push them to the bottom but it is still rarely possible ...

    The value for money is in my opinion excellent. Ok Boss pedals may be a little cheaper but the sound is really nothing to see, it's worth it to add a few dollars.

    The only flaw I can find him and can sometimes be annoying LED is REALLY could be more visible. We regularly ask if it is enabled or not so it was not really nose above it. Good but other than that ...
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  • angus90angus90

    Great for color / booster!

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 09/26/12 at 06:12
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    Analog overdrive
    limping very solid, with a trap below for 9V battery (not need a screwdriver to change)

    In / Out, 3 knobs (drive, tone, level)
    simple and effective, can be used as a boost (but it colors)

    UTILIZATION

    Easy to use, is in overdrive on a clean channel, either boost on the clean channel to saturate the amplifier, either boost on crunch channel, or even overdrive channel crunch, to blend colors ....

    SOUND QUALITY

    This is very typical after one likes or dislikes ..
    it compresses a lot, withdrawals are low, it makes a nice bump in the midrange .. but what is good!

    I use it before a Ceriatone Plexi 1987 with a Strat and a Gibson SG.

    She primarily…
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    Analog overdrive
    limping very solid, with a trap below for 9V battery (not need a screwdriver to change)

    In / Out, 3 knobs (drive, tone, level)
    simple and effective, can be used as a boost (but it colors)

    UTILIZATION

    Easy to use, is in overdrive on a clean channel, either boost on the clean channel to saturate the amplifier, either boost on crunch channel, or even overdrive channel crunch, to blend colors ....

    SOUND QUALITY

    This is very typical after one likes or dislikes ..
    it compresses a lot, withdrawals are low, it makes a nice bump in the midrange .. but what is good!

    I use it before a Ceriatone Plexi 1987 with a Strat and a Gibson SG.

    She primarily uses boost (drive low (2), high volume (8)) for solos. She brings an incredible presence that is through the mix!

    With the strat is a real treat, she brings this side medium "in your face": there's SRV's listen to understand what I mean ;)

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 2 years
    I had tried many other models at the time (like MXR GT-OD ...)
    I was seduced by its very characteristic that contrasts really! it gets a good slap when it is activated for a solo.

    Value for money not yucky for a pedal of this quality!
    Pedal to have!
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  • jkesseljkessel

    Perfect from vintage blues to boosted modern metal

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 04/30/12 at 17:21
    This pedal's been around for decades and has been used by almost every professional guitarist at one point or another. Used either as a slight overdrive or as a boost to push a tube amp harder this pedal is very versatile.

    UTILIZATION

    My only real complaint about this pedal is the LED is very dim. Unless you're on a dark stage and in direct vision it's very hard to see if it's on or off. There are mods to replace it with a brighter one, but stock it's not ideal. Other than that it's great, haven't ever had any problems and I've owned a few. Switch has never gone bad, knobs never get static-y, and jacks have never cut out. Pretty solid pedal.

    SOUND QUALITY

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    This pedal's been around for decades and has been used by almost every professional guitarist at one point or another. Used either as a slight overdrive or as a boost to push a tube amp harder this pedal is very versatile.

    UTILIZATION

    My only real complaint about this pedal is the LED is very dim. Unless you're on a dark stage and in direct vision it's very hard to see if it's on or off. There are mods to replace it with a brighter one, but stock it's not ideal. Other than that it's great, haven't ever had any problems and I've owned a few. Switch has never gone bad, knobs never get static-y, and jacks have never cut out. Pretty solid pedal.

    SOUND QUALITY

    This pedal has a pretty natural tone, sounds pretty similar to a real overdriven tube amp. There's a slight mid boost to it which helps cut through other instruments as well as filling out the tone a bit. With the gain high and volume around half it gives a natural overdriven tone, similar to Steve Ray sounds. With the gain at minimum to half and the volume maxed it works as a boost. Put in front of a tube amp it'll push the amp harder resulting in even more overdrive than just either by themselves. Most modern metal bands prefer to use one as a boost into a high gain amp. The mid boost again fills out the tone a little along with helping cut through the mix. It also helps tighten the low end which is crucial for faster music along with low tuned guitars.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've owned a few of these over the years and I wouldn't hesitate for a second to buy another if anything happened to this one. It's very solid built, looks and sounds great, and is a pedal that always stays in my chain regardless of what kind of music I'm playing. I'd recommend it to anyone playing jazz, blues, all the way to rock and metal.
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  • MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

    Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 08/08/03 at 15:00
    Picked this one up at Guitar Center in Boston a year ago (2002) for about $100.

    Easy to use (only three knobs). Definitely a mellow overdrive and nothing more, however it is great at what it does. Throw it on while on your clean channel and it's sort of a fuzz, or overdrive your leads with some added sustain and attitude. It's nice at getting a sort of Slash-like tone on lead. Don't forget SRV though also.

    The only thing i don't like is that it adds a little extra noise, especially when your on your distortion channel. It's hardly noticeable while playing, but if you have to pause for any reason i prefer to curl my volume control down a couple levels to avoid listening to the thing bitch …
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    Picked this one up at Guitar Center in Boston a year ago (2002) for about $100.

    Easy to use (only three knobs). Definitely a mellow overdrive and nothing more, however it is great at what it does. Throw it on while on your clean channel and it's sort of a fuzz, or overdrive your leads with some added sustain and attitude. It's nice at getting a sort of Slash-like tone on lead. Don't forget SRV though also.

    The only thing i don't like is that it adds a little extra noise, especially when your on your distortion channel. It's hardly noticeable while playing, but if you have to pause for any reason i prefer to curl my volume control down a couple levels to avoid listening to the thing bitch at me.

    The construction is perfectly good I'd say, but then again no guitar gear of mine has ever shit the bed so I don't have much to compare it to.

    Bottom Line is try it out. See what you think. I personally think this pedal could be an asset on anyone's rig.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

    Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 01/09/02 at 15:00
    Purchased at music store in Dallas, TX. I don't remember the store, but the cost was just under $100 (hey, these pedals are a must for BLUESMEN!!!!!!!!!!)

    Simple. Direct. Pure.
    This pedal gives the extra ooomph to my Fender rig when playing da Blues. It is the ultimate boost (except maybe a TS-808).

    Could use a bit more gain, but that's why Ibanez made the TS-9DX.

    Puh-leeeeeze. This thing is a tank. I gigged straight for over a year without a backup and it NEVER failed. Just make sure to use a pedal board or external power source. Replacing batteries for each gig is a bummer.

    This pedal is a must for any blues freak. GO BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Purchased at music store in Dallas, TX. I don't remember the store, but the cost was just under $100 (hey, these pedals are a must for BLUESMEN!!!!!!!!!!)

    Simple. Direct. Pure.
    This pedal gives the extra ooomph to my Fender rig when playing da Blues. It is the ultimate boost (except maybe a TS-808).

    Could use a bit more gain, but that's why Ibanez made the TS-9DX.

    Puh-leeeeeze. This thing is a tank. I gigged straight for over a year without a backup and it NEVER failed. Just make sure to use a pedal board or external power source. Replacing batteries for each gig is a bummer.

    This pedal is a must for any blues freak. GO BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

    Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 07/05/01 at 15:00
    I purchased the TS9 Tube Screamer at Midwest Drum and Percussion in Wichita, KS. I shelled out $99 US dollar for the TS9, the best deal I've seen at any store. Most of the time the TS9 is being sold for around $150. You can get it on the net for $99 but this was the first time I'd seen it in a store so cheap. The fact that an issue of Musicians Friend.com was sitting on the counter probably influenced the pricing. I wanted to play one to see what all the fuss was about before I bought it. (I was intending to order it online; until they were able to match the online price) So,I plugged it into a Fender Amp to give it a 'test drive.'

    I love to play old rock and blues guitar, so I instan…
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    I purchased the TS9 Tube Screamer at Midwest Drum and Percussion in Wichita, KS. I shelled out $99 US dollar for the TS9, the best deal I've seen at any store. Most of the time the TS9 is being sold for around $150. You can get it on the net for $99 but this was the first time I'd seen it in a store so cheap. The fact that an issue of Musicians Friend.com was sitting on the counter probably influenced the pricing. I wanted to play one to see what all the fuss was about before I bought it. (I was intending to order it online; until they were able to match the online price) So,I plugged it into a Fender Amp to give it a 'test drive.'

    I love to play old rock and blues guitar, so I instantly fell in love with the pedal. It drives the amp really nicely, but doesn't distort it too much. I have other overdrive pedals (I'd been trying to resist the TS9 since lots of people rave about it; I guess I always have to be different) but the other overdrives I own tend to be more distortion than overdrive. SRV was supposedly really into the TS, and I can see why. The tone comes through really nicely. I play a US strat (white blonde) through a Tube 30 (cheap amp that is an excellent buy) and the TS9 sounds great through it. The pedal is really simple to use. It consists of 3 knobs: Overdrive, Tone, and Level. The overdrive adjust the amount of distortion, the tone knob adds the amount of desired bite, and the level knob controls the level of the distorted sound. All in all it's a great little pedal. I admit it, I'm a Stevie Ray Vaughabe, so the tone is great for me. It has that nice "Texas Flood" sound.

    As far as dislikes go, I really can't think of any. I love the pedal and now my wife is upset with me because I have several pedals, but really only use the TS9. I guess I should have purchased the Tube Sreamer first.

    The pedal is built to last. It's made of Zinc die cast construction, which means it's built like a brick $%@#house. It's green, which I'm not sure is good or bad, but the construction of the pedal is good quality.

    The pedal is very nice. It's not quite the same sound as the old TS808, but it's really close. You can always modify it, or have it modified to 808 specs if you desire. For $99 dollars it's a great deal. If you like SRV and Clapton style of music, you really can't be without one of these pedals.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • KirKillKirKill

    uh yeah but no ...

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 03/10/12 at 03:27
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    I have nothing to add any more is said in the previous comments
    Pedal made in China, the components have nothing to do with the model made in Japan so forcing the sound is not at all the same compared to the initial model
    Vendors tend to say it's like it's frankly the pignolle .... brief we know the song ...

    UTILIZATION

    RAS

    SOUND QUALITY

    I will mostly say that at first I was excited until the day I tested the initial model and the true model custom limited edition handmade, bah there are no pictures made in china model is below c is like being restrained (no pun intended to our friends the Chinese, P) the sound is not quite open too compressed, boxy ... does not sp…
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    I have nothing to add any more is said in the previous comments
    Pedal made in China, the components have nothing to do with the model made in Japan so forcing the sound is not at all the same compared to the initial model
    Vendors tend to say it's like it's frankly the pignolle .... brief we know the song ...

    UTILIZATION

    RAS

    SOUND QUALITY

    I will mostly say that at first I was excited until the day I tested the initial model and the true model custom limited edition handmade, bah there are no pictures made in china model is below c is like being restrained (no pun intended to our friends the Chinese, P) the sound is not quite open too compressed, boxy ... does not spit like the Japanese

    OVERALL OPINION

    Being a purist of the classic TS9 I recommend what the model made in china
    The TS9 japan being taken away from those who did not want to shell out € 200 for a secondhand and as I do not know much about electronics and especially do not want this to lead to send the pedal by the position at so and so ..., orient yourself with the most in Benrod classic Screamer true bypass which is equipped with original components and easily found in France, it is normal for Frenchies
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  • heavymetal84heavymetal84

    MAGIC!

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 02/25/12 at 09:07
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    What are the effects, or types of effects available? Overdrive

    What technology is used? analog

    Are they edited? Via an editor for Mac / PC? Not

    What is the connection? Line In, Line Out

    UTILIZATION

    The general configuration is simple? a very simple issue, a Drive, Tone

    Editing sounds and effects is easy? ben for me yes, it is very simple

    The manual is clear and sufficient? not need the manual

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough? very effective indeed!! jue uses it to boost my lead channel during the solos! I stayed on my ass so my sound has changed for the better! heat lamps without lamp! I love



    Which instru…
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    What are the effects, or types of effects available? Overdrive

    What technology is used? analog

    Are they edited? Via an editor for Mac / PC? Not

    What is the connection? Line In, Line Out

    UTILIZATION

    The general configuration is simple? a very simple issue, a Drive, Tone

    Editing sounds and effects is easy? ben for me yes, it is very simple

    The manual is clear and sufficient? not need the manual

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough? very effective indeed!! jue uses it to boost my lead channel during the solos! I stayed on my ass so my sound has changed for the better! heat lamps without lamp! I love



    Which instruments do you use? I use it between my Cort EVL Z4 and my old Marshall Valvestate 8100 ... it takes a good boost when I switched the TS9

    OVERALL OPINION

    How long you use it? I used the first time our Thursday (2/23/12) on repeat! and the group has finally heard my solos!!

    What is so special that you love the most, least?
    great sound, it sends! I highly recommend it to those who want to boost their lead channel

    Did you tried many other models before buying it? I did not test it before, I took the advice of several friends (thank you guys ;))

    How would you rate the quality / price? quality / Pirx excellent for this type of pedal

    With experience, you do again this choice? ooooooooooooooh yes, undoubtedly
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  • ccxv1ccxv1

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 02/22/12 at 11:24
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    Ms. overdrive, boost the queen of ecstasy on the lights ... the foot.

    UTILIZATION

    Three control, drive, tone and level.
    Simple and effective.


    I would have added two switches for bass boost mods and mod of resistance as the 808. And I also changed the LED to green.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The top one is telling you.
    Overdrive but one of the best ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    She is always on, always ready and has been for 15 years!
    If it were to happen ... just the look I hate.
  • Fireguy8402Fireguy8402

    Too much of a Mid Hump!

    Ibanez TS9 Tube ScreamerPublished on 12/23/11 at 08:17
    The Ibanez tubescreamer TS-9 is about as basic of an overdrive pedal you are going to find out there. One tone knob to adjust the EQ of the pedal, one knob for overall volume, and one knob for the amount of gain, that’s it. It’s the tried and true seasick green color, and supposedly uses the same factory, components and housing as that of the original Tubescreamers. Input impedance of 500 Kohms, output impedance of 10 Kohms, maximum output level of 0dBm, maximum gain of +30dB, and equivalent input noise of –100dBm (IHF-A). The pedal can be powered by 9 volt batter or external AC adapter. Dimensions of the pedal are 4.9" x 3" x 2" and it weighs about a pound and a half.

    UTILIZATION
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    The Ibanez tubescreamer TS-9 is about as basic of an overdrive pedal you are going to find out there. One tone knob to adjust the EQ of the pedal, one knob for overall volume, and one knob for the amount of gain, that’s it. It’s the tried and true seasick green color, and supposedly uses the same factory, components and housing as that of the original Tubescreamers. Input impedance of 500 Kohms, output impedance of 10 Kohms, maximum output level of 0dBm, maximum gain of +30dB, and equivalent input noise of –100dBm (IHF-A). The pedal can be powered by 9 volt batter or external AC adapter. Dimensions of the pedal are 4.9" x 3" x 2" and it weighs about a pound and a half.

    UTILIZATION

    The pedal is built very sturdy, with a nice stomp plate switch exactly like the original 9 series from Ibanez. I have never heard any issues with quality control on these pedals like I have the cheaper 7 series that uses a different switch design. I wouldn’t worry about this one breaking on you. It’s a very straightforward layout and the knobs seem sturdy and hold your settings well. The housing and jacks are metal and seem like they would hold up to a good amount of abuse.

    SOUND QUALITY

    This pedal really does nothing for me in this department. It is one of the most copied pedals out there, if not THE most copied pedal and honestly some of the clones I’ve picked up does the sound much better. This pedal has a decent quality of drive, but the EQ section kills me. It does have a tone pot that allows for minimal tweaking but no matter how you turn it, there is a built in midrange hump to this pedal. It does allow the pedal to be used for a solo boost, and in that sense it does very well, but as a straight up overdrive it leaves a lot to be desired in my eyes (and ears).

    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall this pedal is built very well and should stand the test of time in the durability department. Unless you like a very midrange heavy overdrive or have an amp that is equalized to handle the pedal, I would only suggest using this pedal as a solo boost into an already overdriven tube amp. I feel this pedal is overpriced based on it’s name and the number of artists who have used it. I feel that there are several copies of this pedal that do it’s thing just as well or better for far less money. If I were looking for a Tubescreamer sound in mass produced pedal, I would urge you to take a look at other options like the far less expensive Bad Monkey by Digitech. This pedal is pretty much a tubescreamer with four knobs, including a two band eq. Separating the high and low end of the tone knob really allows the user to get a more detailed sound, makes the pedal more versatile, and it comes in at less than half the price of the TS-9. Overall the TS-9 is a decent pedal for a boost or a mid heavy overdrive, but there are just far better clones for less money.
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