Posted by teddy rasch on 19th Apr 2017
The History of The Ibanez Tubescreamer
The Pedal that was instrumental in the acceptance of guitar pedals as tone machines. Prior to the Tubescreamer really there was only Fuzz pedals. Yes MXR Distortion and the Boss DS1 appear at similiar times, the Tubescreamer was really a toneful guitar pedal that was very amp like in transparency. This is what guitar player's had been looking for something to push the amp to overdriven tones.
The pedal was produced with many variants:
The tube screamer pedal was preceded by the orange "Overdrive" (OD) and green "Overdrive-II" (OD-II). These came in narrower boxes without battery covers. There was also a reddish "Overdrive-II" which had a housing very similar to the TS-808/TS808. The green OD-II had a circuit similar to the TS808; however, the OD and OD-II had a more distorted circuit.
After the 9 series was discontinued, the "Master" or "L" series was produced. This series was only made in 1985, and did not have a tube screamer in the lineup.
A rare and valuable version of the tube screamer was the ST9 Super Tube Screamer, which was sold only in Europe and Australia.
The TS9 and TS808 pedals have been reissued, and according to the company, feature the same circuitry, electronics and design components that helped shape the famous Tube Screamer sound. Some musicians have a technician perform modifications to the unit to change the sound to their liking. Also, Maxon, who produced the original Tube Screamer pedals for the Ibanez brand in the 1970's - 1980's, produce their own version of the Tube Screamer (called Overdrives: the OD-808 and OD-9 as oppose to Tube Screamer, TS).
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