#1
Link to a Typical Solo Spot I'd Use a Tube Screamer (VID)

I’m looking for a tube screamer to capture a John Mayer sound and to beef up my tone for solos at gigs in my band (check link) - for this reason true-bypass is very important to me, I hate compromising my tone.

Maxon and Ibanez seem to be the best brands. I’ve narrowed my choices down to either…

The Ibanez TS9
The Maxon OD808
The Maxon OD9


Am I right in saying the OD9 is the only tube screamer with true-bypass? Because that makes it favourite for me. Even though I believe the smoother sound of the OD808 is more what I’m looking for.

Is it easy to mod the 808 for true-bypass?

All in all, what's your humble opinion?

#2
OD808 has TB

EDIT: No it doesn't, but it has so good bypass that I can't tell
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#3
BBE Green screamer? It says it has true hardwire bypass. I'm not sure if that's the same as true bypass...
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#4
Quote by TastyMooglePie
BBE Green screamer? It says it has true hardwire bypass. I'm not sure if that's the same as true bypass...


Pretty much always if there's a word in between "true" and "bypass", it's not true bypass. However, people often overreact with the whole true bypass thing - a good buffer is better than true bypass.
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#5
I'd dive into a Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive to be honest. It's an 808 clone with a mix knob and TB. Either way to get a more Mayer-ish tone I'd start saving pennies for a Dumble or a Two Rock.
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#6
Quote by Fama
Pretty much always if there's a word in between "true" and "bypass", it's not true bypass. However, people often overreact with the whole true bypass thing - a good buffer is better than true bypass.

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#8
Argh. I dunno. I'm still pretty set on the Maxon OD808 - but is it possible to mod it for true-bypass if I don't think the buffer compares?

That fulltone is pretty nice.
#9
Quote by Tomaz24
Argh. I dunno. I'm still pretty set on the Maxon OD808 - but is it possible to mod it for true-bypass if I don't think the buffer compares?

That fulltone is pretty nice.

If you feel like drilling a hole in it to install a 3PDT switch, it is possible. But it would be a pretty pointless thing to do just because some people on the internet has convinced you that true bypass is a necessity.
#10
Quote by kyrreca
If you feel like drilling a hole in it to install a 3PDT switch, it is possible. But it would be a pretty pointless thing to do just because some people on the internet has convinced you that true bypass is a necessity.

Totally agree, I bought a V847 wah a while back and was annoyed by the loss of treble I got when it was turned off. I was convinced a true bypass would solve this and after carrying out the mod on it I really didn't notice a whole world of difference that I expected, it was better sure - and I am happier this way, but it's not a huge difference.
#11
Get a Keeley mod to the TS808, pretty sure he converts them to true bypass.
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