Ibanez TS808

The original Tube Screamer

When it comes to the classic pedals of rock music, the Tubescreamer must be near the front of the queue. At the end of the 70s, the Ibanez Tube Screamer 808 appeared, an overdrive with truly tube-like characteristics, creating a sensation. Its successor, the TS 9, was also well received and has appeared since then on innumerable Pedalboards of the very biggest guitarists. Since then, the TS9 has been reissued a few years ago, and it was only a matter of time before the still much-demanded "Original " Screamer - precisely the TS 808 - finally made it as a reissue. Not exactly cheap, but cult costs ... and the sound speaks for itself.

  • Sound and design same as the original
  • Controls: Overdrive, Tone, Level
  • Powered via 9V battery (included) or optional AC adapter 409939 with special adapter to jack 113733
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  • Funk
  • Rock

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Overdrive Yes
Distortion No
Fuzz No
Metal No
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Much more than SRV sound
Raz , 12.03.2020
I bought the pedal mainly for blues played through single coils without knowing the versatility of the sounds coming out of this box.

I am running the TS808 into a modified Blackface Twin (I had a master volume added so that I can get the tubes cooking without blowing my head off).

My application:

Tele: - neck pickup makes that blues sound everyone is chasing and does it effortlessly, just plug and play.
- bridge pickup does rock is you dime the drive and and 60's clean break-up at the other end.

LP: - it just turns it into a dream rock machine.

PRS CE24: - the higher output 8515 PUPs sound awesome with this pedal. I am using the coil tap more than ever as the TS808 just makes the differences more noticeable (in a good way).

Cons: - on/bypass switch doesn't "click" when pressed
- the LED is barely visible when the pedal is ON

It stacks very well with other overdrive pedals. I have a Klon type pedal in front of it and when I have both on they create a very pleasing distortion sound.

My final thought: it makes me play differently in a positive way. It helped me come up with new ideas, encourages me to hit the guitar harder and just gives me an overall satisfactory feeling. GET ONE!
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The best OD there is?
21.11.2014
This pedal is an absolute 5 stars all around, it's rare I'd rate a product so highly. After some debate of which OD to get for my Bugera TriRec (Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier clone) I settled on this! I listened to sound clips of lots of different pedals, Ibanez TS9, Maxon OD808, Misha Mansoor signature OD, Mesa Boogie drive. I was unsure on what to get and the sheer amount of famous artists using Ibanez TS9/TS808s convinced me to settle on this pedal.

This pedal, more than anything, tightens up your bottom end and takes a way a lot of nastiness and adds definition to your gain. You can use it definitely to dirty up a clean channel, which I often do, however it excels at being used on an already overdriven amp. My amp has a boost built in, and that does not compete with the TS808. I'm using it with several guitars, Charvels with EMGs, Fender Telecaster and PRS SE 7 string. There isn't a single guitar that this pedal does not compliment!

Extremely happy with this product, perfect for the brutal metal tone I was trying to achieve. Arrived promptly and safely from Thomann!

NOTE: This product DOES include an adapter to allow you to use a power supply for it.
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Brings your amp to life.
ZuzDCruz, 14.01.2021
When i first plugged it in, i couldnt stop playing for 2 hours and i was so happy with sound. I am using it with Strat and Blues Junior 4 with A-Type speaker and it complements the amp very much. It sound awesome as clean boost or full overdrive. Everywhere you turn the knobs it will sound good. I am very happy with purchase and Thomann shipped very fast and very well packed and protected.
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Puissante et transparente
04.07.2016
Je m'en sers comme clean boost (volume au max et overdrive à zéro) en amont d'un ampli à gain conséquent, pour appuyer le signal et le rendre plus incisif.

Rien à redire, cette TS808 mérite sa réputation et son prix : c'est puissant mais ça reste propre. Le signal n'est modifié que dans son grain, pas de feedback parasite ou de son dénaturé.

Plus besoin de caler le potard de gain de l'ampli aux trois quarts : le plus simple, c'est couper la pédale (true bypass d'ailleurs), monter le gain de l'ampli jusqu'à ce que ça "morde", un gros crunch encore propre, et puis d'activer la pédale. Résultat assuré.

Le boitier est solide, la prise d'alim est accessible, les potards simplistes et intuitifs. On trouve le bon son en quelques tâtonnements, c'est très plaisant.

Avec et sans, c'est le jour et la nuit : quand on y est habitué, la couper rend tout de suite son signal comme "mou". Je ne m'en séparerai pas.
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