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Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue  

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The Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue is back. This is the incomparable overdrive pedal that vintage gear hounds are always hoping to find. The 2004 TS808 reissue features the same famous squ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue is back. This is the incomparable overdrive pedal that vintage gear hounds are always hoping to find. The 2004 TS808 reissue features the same famous square footswitch and the warm tones of the JRC4558 chip used in most of the original TS808s. Ignore look-alikes. If your tone is suffering from a lack of real warmth, the TS808 is the real, nongeneric prescription.

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IbanezTS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue
 
4.7

(based on 169 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Compact (4)
  • Responsive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So that's how S.R.V. did it!

I'm really glad that this pedal has been reissued.There is a uniqueness to it.I use it the way S.R.V. did,which is with the gain turned off,it serves as a clean boost.S.R.V.'s...Read complete review

I'm really glad that this pedal has been reissued.There is a uniqueness to it.I use it the way S.R.V. did,which is with the gain turned off,it serves as a clean boost.S.R.V.'s amps were always turned up and breaking up already.The pedal would serve as a boost for solos,adding compression and sustain without dramatically altering the tone.With other tubescreamers and clones,you don't get the same type of warm density and creaminess as the 808.I play mainly strats through a Fender blues deluxe on the drive channel.My rhythm sound has the crunchy breakup I need and the 808 is perfect for my solos while preserving the main tonal characteristics of the guitar going through the amp.It is my main pedal.I compared it to a Keely modded ts-9(converted to original 808 specs)and really couldn't hear a significant difference,so why pay more for a boutique pedal?S.R.V. used the 808 early in his career(before using ts-9's and ts-10's)and I think that was his best tone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent pedal

Decent pedal over all is the best way to sum it up. IMO its way overpriced and you can get something a lot better for the same price. Tubescreamers were great and were used...Read complete review

Decent pedal over all is the best way to sum it up. IMO its way overpriced and you can get something a lot better for the same price. Tubescreamers were great and were used by many great guitarists, but they just arent made the same anymore. Ibanez knows how many artists endorse the name Ibanez Tube Screamer and they know that people are going to buy them. Therefor they aren't really inclined to make a quality product like say a new company would. These pedals are mass made. Im sure the actual cost of these things is around 1/10 of the actual price, probably less. I have a 1982 TS-9 and while I know its not the same product, after A/B the two beside each other I know that these pedals aren't worth the buck (or the 180 bucks) anymore. Beside the original 80's pedal it sounds like a tin box... Really. This is with a USA Fender Strat through a Marshall Super Lead 100 watt. I mean, its not bad, and if I didn't have the original to compare it to... I might not have noticed it's inferiority. But truly, I didn't have to take more than 5 seconds to know... It was just that obvious. Nonetheless people are going to buy these because they are going to google Stevie Ray Vaughan or some other artist or simply just from hearsay due to the legacy that Tube Screamer has made for themselves. I dont claim to have a perfect ear, and I know everyone has different tastes, but this pedal isn't worth it... Apart from the sound, take a look on the inside at the circuit board, or the whole pedal for that matter, and think about how much this pedal really costed to build... If I were to stress any point in the review is this ... "TIN BOX". Pretty decent overdrive, but it doesn't sound "real".

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5.0

Definite thumbs up!

By Eric

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

Super transparent, smooth sounding low gain pedal, sounds great by itself into a clean amp or boosting an already overdriven signal.
I highly recommend this pedal as go to sound.

 
5.0

"Original Is Always The Best"

By David P. Makowski

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Practicing
  • Rehearsals

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

The Ibanez TS808 Overdrive Pro Tube Screamer is the absolute original. This is the exact OD pedal every company copies.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny...

By 6-string worship leader

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

      Really great pedal - right out of the box. Guitarists are very finicky, like me, and all have their favorites, but it's hard to imagine a much better overdrive if you want that classic/timeless overdrive a la SRV, Mayer, etc. Plays very nicely in the sandbox with both my new American deluxe Strat and my old faithful PRS custom 24. I understand why so many players have this on the paddleboard.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      The Legendary TS-808, with legendary problems

      By Spaceman Spiff

      from Washinton USA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

        This is a reproduction pedal of a classic so I suppose thats why the stuck with the original design instead of fixing the obvious and well documented problems. First the good stuff... It sounds good. The pedal is reasonably sized so it fits on a pedal board pretty good. The controls are nice and give about the variety of control you'd expect form a tube screamer type pedal. Dont run it through the FX Loop. Its gotta go in the front of your amp or it will sound horrible. Now the not so good stuff. The switch WILL break. The square button was a bad design from the start and if you ever have it modded or get a mod kit it will always come with a proper button switch. So eventually you'll need to repair the switch. While your inside the pedal you may as well fix the other big problem... the LED is worthless. Unless you stand directly over the pedal in the dark, you can't tell if its on or off. So switch out the LED. This requires using a smaller resistor. Its not a complicated mod so you can do it yourself. If you can't or don't want to then have a qualified person do it. I really helps to be able to tell when your pedal is actually on or off. Thats kind of the point of an LED on/off indicator. Yes I would recommend this to friends but tell them to just have it modded immediately.

         
        5.0

        Pure excellence. Best pedal on the market.

        By Grunky Funk

        from Winston-Salem, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

          Man, what a sweet overdrive pedal. Seriously one of the most natural, tube driven sounds you can buy. It goes from just a slight drive to all out huge distortion. Maybe not for industrial metal, but for rock, funk, blues there's nothing better.

          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          TS808 vintage tube screamer...

          By tony paul

          from Ogdensburg, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • At Times I Actually Have
          • Baby And It Really Scream
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Feedback
          • Leslie West Would Love It
          • No I Do Not Use An Amp
          • Put Compression On This B
          • Stop The Screaming
          • Strictly Thru The Pa
          • To Dampen The Strings To

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

            Full overdrive with mid tone and 9 o"clock level thru PA = no need for an amplifier. The best overdrive I have ever used especially with compression added between pickup and guitar volume knob..... it not only screams , it moans...Love it!!!!!!

             
            4.0

            Nice overdrive and solid construction

            By scott

            from Sarasota, FL

            Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

            I have no idea how my Tube Screamer sounded 35 years ago, but this is a really nice sounding overdrive pedal. It's a good addition to a pedal board. It is not a match to my ZenDrive, that pedal is just tonally masterful in every way. But it has a nice unique sound and absolutely will be used.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love It or Leave It. I Love the TS808

            By Tater

            from Springfield IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

                I Love It

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great piece of pedal

                By Kennyb

                from Up State NY

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

                  This pedal lives up to it's original claim, at first I was skeptic, after all I could return it, oh no, it stays in my arsenal, this is the real deal!

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Pedal!!!

                  By Dana Hirschberg

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

                  Got this to add to my Super Champ clean channel and it works and sounds great. The tone is exactly what I was looking for to get that similar Stevie Ray sound.

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