Airfish
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Join date: Jan 2013
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#1
Hi there!

Anybody has experience with the Ibanez TSA 15 combo with distortion pedals? Preferably tube-driven distortion pedal? How did that sound?

Have you tried to connect the distortion pedal into the FX loop, instead of using it in front of the combo input? Did you compare these two connections? What was the difference in tone?

Is it possible to use the built-in screamer of the TSA 15 combo to boost a tube-distortion pedal? I mean: if you connect the distortion into the FX loop, is it then connected in front of, or behind the screamer?

Is it possible to boost the sound form a tube-distortion pedal with a screamer, connected behind it?

Thanx in advance for you answers.
jukejointjohnny
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Join date: Jun 2011
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#2
I've been using a TSA15 head into a 1x12 since it was released. I've found the amp in general takes pedals really well. The onboard tubescreamer sounds a bit brittle and cack, especially compared to a 'proper' ts808 (which I used for a while). I run my pedalboard straight into the effects return. If you you look at the amp schematic, the layout is a bit odd - the effects loop is after the onboard tubescreamer but BEFORE the preamp. Plug your pedal into the amp input to have the TS after the pedal, or into the effects return to have the onboard TS boost the pedal input. I've ran a '85 whiteface RAT and various fuzz boxes, vintage and new, into the effects return of the amp and it takes them all really well. I've also subbed the first preamp tube for a 5751 which greatly improved headroom.
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Airfish
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#3
Quote by jukejointjohnny
I've been using a TSA15 head into a 1x12 since it was released. I've found the amp in general takes pedals really well. The onboard tubescreamer sounds a bit brittle and cack, especially compared to a 'proper' ts808 (which I used for a while). I run my pedalboard straight into the effects return. If you you look at the amp schematic, the layout is a bit odd - the effects loop is after the onboard tubescreamer but BEFORE the preamp. Plug your pedal into the amp input to have the TS after the pedal, or into the effects return to have the onboard TS boost the pedal input. I've ran a '85 whiteface RAT and various fuzz boxes, vintage and new, into the effects return of the amp and it takes them all really well. I've also subbed the first preamp tube for a 5751 which greatly improved headroom.


TS808? I´ve read somewhere, that the built-in screamer is something like a TS-9, I guess... Anyway it´s good to hear the loop is after the screamer and the amp takes pedals well. Thanx for your view, man.