#1
Hi.

I'm looking to invest in a new overdrive pedal (I currently have a Diamond J-Drive) and I've been looking at the Ibanez Tubescreamer to get a Strokes-esque kind of sound. I was wondering what alternatives there are to this pedal which sound similar to the Ibanez Tubescreamer, if not better?

My budget is probably around maximum £200.

Thanks.
#2
there are so many TubeScreamer pedals out there. Most of them are under your budget so maybe look into the Maxon OD9. When it comes to a TS pedal more money won't necessarily get you a better sounding pedal, I know guys who if had that high of a budget would buy two Ibanez pedals or 7 Bad Monkeys
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#5
I have been looking into picking up a VL pedal, I know the Sparkle Drive is really popular, they have some good sounding boxes. Doesn't the SD have a blend knob that mixes the clean signal in with it?
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#6
Quote by gerraguitar
I have been looking into picking up a VL pedal, I know the Sparkle Drive is really popular, they have some good sounding boxes. Doesn't the SD have a blend knob that mixes the clean signal in with it?


Yes I think it does!

Do you know of any mainstream bands which use this pedal?
#7
Personally I prefer the Fulltone OCD to the TS.
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#8
Bad Monkey. Honestly, it surpasses Tubescreamer by having separate knobs for lows and highs instead of mere Tone knob that every other Tubescreamer or 1:1 copies have. But its still for all intents and purposes a tubescreamer and does everything it needs to without paying for botique (sp?) name.

I honestly see no point in buying Maxon or Ibanez equivalents and paying triple the price just because of the name on a device based on decades old design and so simple that even Behringer gets it right with their tubescreamer clone.

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Quote by gerraguitar
there are so many TubeScreamer pedals out there. Most of them are under your budget so maybe look into the Maxon OD9. When it comes to a TS pedal more money won't necessarily get you a better sounding pedal, I know guys who if had that high of a budget would buy two Ibanez pedals or 7 Bad Monkeys



Maxon actually own the patents and made the original electronics and circuit boards in the first TS9s, which are now daftly expensive! When you open the old ibanez pedals, it says maxon on the electronics.

So if you're buying new, Maxon is definitely the way to go, as they're the closest to the original Ibanez TS9 sound.

I've tried em and they're awesome!
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#12
Quote by Darkflame
I bought a MXR GT-OD back when it had a custom shop decal and I still use it as much. It's one of my favorite pedals and can be used as a boost and as a standalone light gain pedal.
Highly recommended, been using it for 5 years.


I recommend that pedal too, I've also got the custom shop decal one. I'm using it for every solo I want, it really gives some extra beef to my lead sound and a real singing voice too. It works as a standalone mild distortion I'd say.

I don't think the pedal has changed much with being a "regular" model. I wish they changed the LEDs...
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#13
way huge green rhino, hardwire cm-2, visual sound route 808 to name a few.

Technically the CM-2 is the same thing as a bad monkey, but with far superior tonal control , higher volume output, and true bypass.
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Quote by Darkflame
I bought a MXR GT-OD back when it had a custom shop decal and I still use it as much. It's one of my favorite pedals and can be used as a boost and as a standalone light gain pedal.
Highly recommended, been using it for 5 years.


This.

I don't have the custom shop decal version of the GT-OD, but it still kicks ass. One of the best OD pedals I've used, would highly reccommend.
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#18
Timmy, ocd, the visual sound od's, boss makes s couple of good od's, the voodoo lab sparkle drive mod is awesome, Lovepedal Kalamazoo. There are a lot of really good overdrives out there.
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#19
Maxon OD-9/SD-9. They made pedals for Ibanez back in the day.
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#20
GFS Greenie Classic, or Twin Overdrive if you want both an 808 and TS9 in one pedal. The Greenie Classic is $50 and is basically an exact clone of the 808, right down to using new old stock chips from the 70s; the only difference is that they have a few different modes (classic, fat, tight) and the tone knob has more range. Has true bypass too.
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#22
Quote by Mephaphil
Personally I prefer the Fulltone OCD to the TS.


They don't accomplish near the same thing. If you're looking for a boost to tighten up your amp, the OCD is one of the worst ODs around. And if you're looking for a standalone Marshall in a box, the TS is one of the worst around.

Quote by funkymonk1985
Maxon actually own the patents and made the original electronics and circuit boards in the first TS9s, which are now daftly expensive! When you open the old ibanez pedals, it says maxon on the electronics.

So if you're buying new, Maxon is definitely the way to go, as they're the closest to the original Ibanez TS9 sound.

I've tried em and they're awesome!


There are no patents related to the Tubescreamer. Current Maxon and Ibanez pedals are exactly the same, except the Maxon board is about .2mm thicker, and the Maxon is true bypass.
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#23
Quote by Sakke
I recommend that pedal too, I've also got the custom shop decal one. I'm using it for every solo I want, it really gives some extra beef to my lead sound and a real singing voice too. It works as a standalone mild distortion I'd say.

I don't think the pedal has changed much with being a "regular" model. I wish they changed the LEDs...

Change the LED? Why?

My only complaint is how hard the switch is.
#24
For other booteeq content... check out the NOC3 Pure Drive.

Its Bass knob changes the range of frequencies being dumped.
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#25
The Digitech CM-2 is a better Bad Monkey. These can be had for $60 used at GC. It's basically a Bad Monkey with a switch that allows a more modern aggressive voicing. I bought mine for some more EQ options in front of the AMP. It's cheap and much better in front of my amp as a clean boost than my Maxon OD808.

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#26
id love to see how hilariously simple the circuit diagram for these is
#27
Went for the Voodoo Sparkle Drive MOD and arrived today, will let you know how it goes.

Cheers for all the tips.
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#30
Are you sure he wasn't being sarcastic about the wiring diagrams for the Digitech BM and Hardwire? Those are PCB's
#31
i second the green rhino. incredible pedal. crowther is also very good but not really a tuber clone.

CMAT MODS signa drive is the answer. not directly a 100% tuber clone, had 3 modes 1 is pretty much a spot on tuberscreamer with a slightly different flavor of course.

for under $150 i really dont think anything can touch it. not even close. perhaps a green rhino. or something cool i dont know about yet....
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#32
One of the Strokes' guitarists (I think Albert) uses the Jekyll and Hyde pedal. It's a distortion and overdrive pedal, and I believe the overdrive is a Tubescreamer clone.
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