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TS9 Tube Screamer, Overdrive pedal from Ibanez in the 9 series.


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Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Ibanez
  • Modell: TS9 Tube Screamer
  • Serie:9
  • Kategorie:Overdrive pedals
  • Added in our database on:28/09/2005

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Produktbewertungen Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

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jkessel01/05/2012

Produktbewertung von jkessel(content in English)"Perfect from vintage blues to boosted modern metal"

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
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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Fireguy840223/12/2011

Produktbewertung von Fireguy8402(content in English)"Too much of a Mid Hump!"

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
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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King Loudness03/09/2011

Produktbewertung von King Loudness(content in English)"The classic overdrive/boost"

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
The Ibanez TS-9 is a modern reissue of the ever popular TS808 Tube Screamer introduced by Ibanez in the early eighties as their take on the perfect pedal to get a nice subtle soft overdrive sound, or perhaps to push your cranked Marshall stack into sonic oblivion. Either way, the original (as used by noted players like Stevie Ray Vaughan) was a hit and vintage examples on the market regularly sell for big bucks. The TS-9 was introduced by Ibanez a number of years back to capture some of that magic from the original TS808, but bring it into the modern age and price it so that a wider demographic of players could afford to own one.

It's basically an overdrive pedal that has a fairly low gain level - perfect for soft bluesy overdrive tones as well as boosting an already overdriven amplifier. Nothing more, nothing less. It's able to be powered by batteries or an AC adapter - a great plus for modern players.

UTILIZATION

Setting up the TS-9 to go is very straightforward. There are only three knobs which are Drive, Tone, and Level. The Level controls the pedal's overall output, the Tone controls the frequency at which the pedal sits (it sweeps from a bassier sound to a more trebly one) and the Drive control adds more gain or saturation to the pedal. It's certainly very simple to use and many players from young to old have had one of these at one time or another and used extensively, so it definitely hasn't suffered any backlash due to "user error." Sometimes people mod these pedals to attain a different tonal character too.

SOUND QUALITY

The TS-9 Tube Screamer sounds great with many different guitars. Using it into a clean amp such as a Fender Twin or Deluxe yields some great low gain and very dynamic bluesy tones that are perfect for S.R.V type tones if you're using a Strat type guitar, or for even thicker bluesy tones if you're using a Gibson such as a Les Paul or an ES-335. If you run it into an amplifier that's already distorted in some form the pedal simply adds more gain to the amp, allowing it to get the desired amount of gain that you want, but may not be able to get out of the older amps (IE: Marshall JMP) that really need that extra volume to get the gain out of them. It's definitely a versatile pedal that works for many settings. About the only thing it doesn't do is standalone high gain tones, but there are mods out there online that can turn the TS-9 into a firebreathing high gain machine.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Ibanez TS-9 is a great reissue of the classic TS808 Tube Screamer. For those players looking for a great boost that has good dynamics, a pure and true tone and excellent signal quality, the TS-9 is definitely worth a shot. At about $120 new, they're priced fairly for a new unit, though if you shop around online they can be had cheaper.
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pdecirce07/08/2008

Produktbewertung von pdecirce(content in English)

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
This is the famous (or infamous) Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer analog pedal. Of course renowned for their beautiful guitar line, this pedal may be a second close to their claim to fame. It features the simple in/out 1/4'' standard on most pedals, runs easily from an adaptor or 9v battery and features three distinct knobs, from left to right, 'drive' 'level' 'tone'. Its familiar green housing and sturdy construction make this a classic pedal. Very few rock and even less blues-rock players will not know about and use this pedal.

UTILIZATION

This pedal is used primarily to make low-end amplifiers, or solid-state amplifiers, sound like they are tube driven, or capable of creating distortion/sustain or a combination of that. Tube 'tone' is much preferred to electric guitarists who use varying tones and styles, as opposed to solid-state, which can make many 'fake' tones, like crunch et al., but try using a tube pedal on a tube amp and you'll suddenly hear a much 'fatter' or deep guitar tone. Some players even leave this pedal on all the time, but I use it primarily for soloing and also with wah or delay. You can drive up the 'drive' knob and keep the tone low for a 'distorted' tone, but much richer than you may imagine. Or crank the level and keep the drive down for a cleaner, 'Clapton' type sound.

It's also important to briefly note that many of these pedals sound different. A lot of the original ones are either gone, in collections / use, or have been tricked out by upgrading and new 'boards,;' all of this is fine, because most people should want to use this pedal, not collect it. As long as it sounds good to you, the pedal is what works.

These pedals are renowned as a staple in the rock guitarist analog board and you should consider yourself behind the game if you're fooling around with solos and haven't tried this pedal.

Not exactly for the heavy metal player (they may find the crunch not crispy enough and prefer to some proper distortion pedals, or dial it in on their amps more likely), but perfect for anything and anyone thinking 'rock and roll'.

SOUND QUALITY

The right one can be a revelation, the wrong one can sound like mud. But consider something like this a must if you play quietly from time to time but also need to 'rock out' on solos and stuff. It creates a pretty rich sustain, very similar to all the blues greats. Nothing is ever a substitute for a good amp and pickup, though. The true reward of this pedal is when you use it with good gear; it performs yet again.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall for the price of admission I'd choose it over things like Boss' Distortion or Blues Driver pedals, but this one will cost a bit more than those. It's a piece of rock gear that spans back to the early 80s and then before that the TS-8 (real gems to find).
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