« The legend itself »Published on 07/31/11 at 09:48
- Buffered bypass
- Powered by 9v battery or Boss style adapter
- LED indicator
- Easy battery access
- JRC chips
Very standard OD control, volume, tone, and gain. This is one of the more basic OD pedals on the market, and is a piece of cake to set up and use. I’ve never experienced any kind of reliability issues or anything like that. The bypass is buffered and can be converted to true bypass pretty easily.
It makes a pretty good boost, just set the volume all the way up, and roll off the gain completely. It sounds exceptionally good with a dying battery, some power supplies will even have a voltage bleed on them to mimic that.
You’ve heard this pedal countless times before. Rich and thick OD. Not really any kind of high gain pedal, but just good solid bluesy drive. Starts out pretty creamy, and can get quite gritty with the drive dialed up. Use it to push your amp right to the edge of breakup, or as a standalone drive unit. It has an inherent mid hump in it, so works really well as a boost. It can tighten up any high gain setup, and really helps you cut through the mix.
This is the sound that you’ve heard on countless albums and the pedal you can expect to see on every other board. That said, it’s worth noting that there are quite a few different versions of this one. There is quite a bit of discussion about the differences between the older ones and the current production TS9s. In my own opinion, it is a lot easier to go after one of the tubscreamer variations currently on the market, than try to track down or pay an arm and a leg for a vintage one. Most high end pedal companies make really nice variations on the tubescreamer circuit. Some of my favorites are the Diamond J Drive and the Lovepedal Kanji.
It’s also worth mentioning that there are something like three component variations between the TS7, TS9, and TS808, so it’s pretty easy to mod between them. If you’re after a TS808 but tight on cash, you might want to consider modding the substantially cheaper TS7 to 808 specs.