Can someone tell me what sets the ibanez tube screamer apart from all other distortion/overdrive pedals? Everyone seems to say it is so great but why?
It's tone. I've played other OD's, each has a different tonal colouring. I, like many, like the tubescreamers colouring. Go listen to my profile if you want to hear it in a few days, I'm thinking of doing a demo of it's various tones.
Note: The vintage Ibanez tube screamer is held high above all others. The current production ones are good, but not amazing. The Maxon one's sound better, and closer to the older Ibanez. (Maxon made pedals for Ibanez before they went under their own name)