Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer

TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer, Overdrive pedal from Ibanez in the 9 series.

moosers 10/31/2009

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer : moosers's user review


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The Ibanez TS-9DX Turbo Tube Screamer is an analog overdrive that while has no real tube inside of it, emulates a tube type distortion.  The pedal is basic in make up, but does have one extra parameter that isn't found on the other tube screamers. It can be powered by either a 9 volt battery or power supply and isn't rack mountable as it is a stomp box.  The pedal has a 1/4 inch input and output to plug your guitar and amp into into.


The configuration of the Ibanez TS-9DX Turbo Tube Screamer is easy to follow overall as it simply has four knobs to work with.  It has parameters for level, drive, tone, and a mode knob.  The mode section has three things to choose from - turbo, hot, and TS9, all of which will give you a varying tone.  I tend to mostly keep it on the TS9 setting as I'm a really big fan of the original TS9 and feel that this mode fits best in with what I am doing, but all of the modes on this sound good.  I haven't seen the manual for this pedal, so I can't say if it would be helpful or not to have around when trying to learn how to use this pedal.


The sound quality of the Ibanez TS-9DX Turbo Tube Screamer is pretty awesome overall.  If you are looking for that classic tube screamer tone, this is definitely capable of that and then some.  Having the extended array of parameters allows this to be a more versatile pedal than the TS9 and the TS808.  I generally use this pedal for recording and for live shows with a Fender Strat and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb and I'm able to get some pretty awesome tones within this configuration, no matter what application I am using it for.  This is overall a great sounding pedal and if you have ever used a tube screamer, you know what this can do.


Overall, while the Ibanez TS-9DX Turbo Tube Screamer isn't my favorite of the tube screamer line of pedals, it is the most versatile and still has a great sound.  It doesn't have as realistic of a sound as the TS9 or the TS808, but this isn't to say that I don't like the sounds, because it is definitely professional sounding enough to be used for live shows or for recording.  The price isnIf you are interested in a tube screamer, definitely check this out along with the other tube screamers to see what will work for your style and wallet!