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Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The Ibanez Tube Screamer, in its many versions and forms, can be found on pedal boards across the globe. Its warm overdrive is a sound many players, from advanced to beginner, can't be without. The ha... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ibanez Tube Screamer, in its many versions and forms, can be found on pedal boards across the globe. Its warm overdrive is a sound many players, from advanced to beginner, can't be without. The hand-wired deluxe TS808HW Tube Screamer offers even more capability and was built with the pro musician in mind.

Encased in a special, heavy-duty metal box, the TS808HW pedal is hand-wired with select JRC4558D IC chips (same as the revered and often-imitated TS808) and uses Japanese high-end MOGAMI OEC cable (AWG21). Equipped with true bypass, this Tube Screamer sends pure guitar excitement to your amplifier with no tonal loss whatsoever. This is, by far, the most evolved Tube Screamer pedal Ibanez has ever created.

Features
  • Completely hand-wired
  • Select JRC4558D IC chip
  • Japanese Mogami OEC cable
  • True bypass
Specifications
  • Input impedance: 500 kOhms
    Output Impedance: 10 KOhms
    Maximum output level: 0 dBm
    Maximum gain: +30 dB
    Equivalent input noise: -100 dBm (IHF-A)
    Power supply: one 9V Battery or external AC adaptor (AC-109)
    Dimensions: 4.9"D x 2.8"W x 2"H
    Weight: 1.2 lb.
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IbanezTS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Overdrive Pedal

When I heard this pedal I was simply blown away at both the sound quality and build quality. This pedal is of extremely high caliber, standing up to the vigorous of daily home and...Read complete review

When I heard this pedal I was simply blown away at both the sound quality and build quality. This pedal is of extremely high caliber, standing up to the vigorous of daily home and stage use. I have a feeling that I will be stomping on this pedal for years to come with no degradation in the housing. The knobs are solidly constructed and the jacks seem secure. Now for the important part: sound. Of course, this pedal will be used for getting SRV tones (which it does magnificently with my Strat) but this pedal goes much farther. Turning the gain knob to "11" yields a gnarly and real natural overdrive sound, perfect for gritty solos. Another great use for this pedal comes as a boost for either an amps overdrive or another pedal. I use the TS808HW in conjunction with my Radial Trimode to create a true American, aggressive sounding overdrive that works well with both my Strat and Les Paul. I was slightly disappointed with the tone knob however, I found that only real usable tones came from between 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock. Beyond these parameters the overdrive gets to muddy or screechy, respectively. However within the parameters the sound is immaculate and really drives the tubes in my Blues Junior to full power, kicking out classic sound to cover all types of music. The quality and sound both justify the price of the TS808HW. Ibanez really outdid themselves with this one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Limited Edition handwired Tubescreamer

I always wanted a TS808, so when it came time to buy mine I was overwhelmed by all the different ones. I ultimately got the hand wired one mainly because it looked cool...Read complete review

I always wanted a TS808, so when it came time to buy mine I was overwhelmed by all the different ones. I ultimately got the hand wired one mainly because it looked cool (dark green) and it was a limited run+collector's metal box. Also I figured "you get what you pay for" and this mother was pricey! My impressions are that the switch doesn't have that positive "click" like all my other expensive boutique pedals, instead it just kinda presses down softly.....
Second: The red indicator light is real super dim..... I guess it's supposed to be like that, I don't know.
Third: I tried it before & after my different fuzzes/distortions and it kinda sounds "h0nkey/h0rney" like it adds a big mid-range E.Q. kick. I set it mainly as a boost to my O.D./Dist. pedals (after them, e.g. fuzz into TS ; overdrive into TS ; etc.) I set it with the gain on zero, volume on max and tone adjust to taste, usually somewhere noon to 3 o'clock 'ish. In conclusion, I'm not taking this off of my board and putting it in it's metal collectors box anytime soon. It gives me a smooth lead tone when placed after my Keeley Fuzz Head for Black Sabbath solos. I'm going to keep stomping it!

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3.0

Limited Edition handwired Tubescreamer

By Dalton

from Pennsylvania USA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Limited Edition
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Dim L.E.D.
  • Overpriced

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

I always wanted a TS808, so when it came time to buy mine I was overwhelmed by all the different ones. I ultimately got the hand wired one mainly because it looked cool (dark green) and it was a limited run+collector's metal box. Also I figured "you get what you pay for" and this mother was pricey! My impressions are that the switch doesn't have that positive "click" like all my other expensive boutique pedals, instead it just kinda presses down softly.....
Second: The red indicator light is real super dim..... I guess it's supposed to be like that, I don't know.
Third: I tried it before & after my different fuzzes/distortions and it kinda sounds "h0nkey/h0rney" like it adds a big mid-range E.Q. kick. I set it mainly as a boost to my O.D./Dist. pedals (after them, e.g. fuzz into TS ; overdrive into TS ; etc.) I set it with the gain on zero, volume on max and tone adjust to taste, usually somewhere noon to 3 o'clock 'ish. In conclusion, I'm not taking this off of my board and putting it in it's metal collectors box anytime soon. It gives me a smooth lead tone when placed after my Keeley Fuzz Head for Black Sabbath solos. I'm going to keep stomping it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Tube Screamer Ever!

By Stratist

from USA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I'm going to have to order a back up just in case.

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great pedal, fragile footswitch

    By paul

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The footswitch on this pedal is easily broken. They are a mechanical pushrod / spring mechanism that depresses a button on an electronic switch. If the pushrod gets dislodged or out of alignment you have to replace it. They are not easy to find, according to the repairman in my community. Replacing that mechanism with an older, Whirlwind-type of footswitch is apparently not possible. Tread Carefully!

    (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    My New Old favorite Pedal

    By Casey

    from Cleveland Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I bought this to replace my old one that finally died after 20 years. This one is definately top end.
      Tried buying it during labor day promotions, which they would not apply to price, they advertise with no restrictions and then wont allow once you are trying to purchase. This has happened several times and you have to call to correct things, part of the hook for us who dont have the time of want to dael with calling in. Disappointing for a long time customer.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well built, great sounding pedal

      By FrankK

      from Midwest.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      After my Keeley modded TS808 started acting up, I decided to try this hand wired model. Based on reviews here and elsewhere, I expected an exceptionally well built pedal that produces slightly darker/warmer and creamier Tubescreamer tones than the other models, including the Keeley TS808 mod. The reviews turned out to be 100% correct.

      In particular, if you are trying to tame an amp that is slightly bright, this pedal is a dream come true.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      King Of Overdrive!

      By SPACECOWBOY

      from Montana

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Real Amp Sound Feel
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Absolutely None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • In Front Of An Amp
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is the only pedal to date that I can stand playing. I prefer real tube amps! I own other tube screamers of the past and the hand wired keeps them snug away in their cute little boxes hoping someday they'll get a chance to be played again. Now I'll say, I've owned the TS808HW for a few years and will put it up against any pedal out there. I always come back to the really deal though, that is, the amp or multi amp set up. The HW808 has a very touch sensitive nature to it. You know, when you slightly turn a knob it does something! Oh and it sounds great too! Unlike many pedals I own or have played through to date! I think I'm sold on the idea that this could be the only pedal I'll ever need. You get what you pay for. This pedal will make modern amp modeling a joke! So let me help you who are lost in finding a great over drive pedal! Look no further! Get yourself some cash and quit beating the devil around the bush!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic!

      By Daniel Massoff

      from Newton, MA

      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      When I started looking for my next pedal, after reading all the glowing reviews on so many other booster and tube screamers, I thought I made a mistake and paid too much for this one. But then when I tried out some of those other pedals, I got a greater appreciation for the 808HW. It is so quiet, so smooth and has such great tone. I now know I made the right choice with this one. It's actually one of the few pedals that enhances the sound of my Orange amp.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow!!!

      By Micaela Valdovinos

      from Bakersfield, CA

      Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Smooth!!! Best overdrive I've ever played...

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great tone, but...

      By SoundChaser

      from SE Asia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        The sound on this is killer, and can really make your amp want to say "please, sir, I want some more." I like the metal box it came with, too. I bought this one because I like the switch on it and I find the other Ibanez pedals a bit difficult to hit square on sometimes. The only problem with it is that the adaptor input ring keeps coming off, and it is quite annoy to fix it all of time, especially since you have to undo six screws at the back. I would return it, but the cost of shipping makes it an unviable option.

        (8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great Pedal!

        By GuitTechMan17

        from Evansville, IN

        About Me Experienced

        Comments about Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal is another great tube screamer. Hits the mark for warm screamer tones.

        BUT, don't be mislead by the JRC4558D Chip in it. Most tube screamers have this chip. There is one in the TS-7, I'm looking at one right now in my old Arion Tubulator pedal, and they are in many tube screamers.

        Vintage tube screamers sound good, partly from the chip, and party from the caps and other components seasoning over time.

        This pedal set against any new tube screamer is great, but set it next to an early 80's ts808, it doesn't compare.

        Good sounding pedal, but you're paying for the "Hand Wiring," not the chip and the tone. I reccomend for this price just looking at the standard ts808, or getting a ts9 or ts7 and modding it.

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