TS7 Tubescreamer Review

manufacturer: Ibanez date: 01/08/2013 category: Guitar Effects
Ibanez: TS7 Tubescreamer
Often imitated but never duplicated is the popular Ibanez Tubescreamer. This piece isn't just another stompbox, it's an institution. With its classic subtle-but-smooth overdrive, the Tubescreamer expands the expressiveness of your guitar while maintaining its tonal integrity.
 Sound: 9.1
 Overall Impression: 8.4
 Reliability & Durability: 8.2
 Ease of Use: 9.3
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overall: 9.3
TS7 Tubescreamer Reviewed by: Kinslaya, on september 08, 2008
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: € 50

Purchased from: Local Music Store

Ease of Use: There are just 2 things in the box. The pedal and the instructions. The instructions are short, but good. With cool and good sounding examples. Everything that you want to know. On the pedal there are just 3 knobs: drive - tone - level. Explains itself, if you ask me. Very Easy to use. With bit tweaking you get what you want. // 9

Sound: As I started to play guitar it was my 2nd pedal I bought. At that time I was really in this goth/industrial/metal-sound. I thought "S***", not the tone I wanted. But since I was more n more in guitar and discovered that Drive knobs don't have to be set to "10" and a nice warm sounding Solo kicks ass it was an obsession. Played gigs with it. Very smooth, warm sound. Now I use it as a boost for solos. Awesome. Warm, fat, smooth and sustain. The sounds you can get from a Ibanez TS are well known. Warm, nice, singing, fat overdrive. If you search for heavy distortion, close this site, but if you want to play hardrock, punk or bluesrock, it's very cool. There's also something new: The "HOT" switch. If you pull it there is more gain, sustain, tone, volume. Just heavier (But also warm and nice). Sad it's a bit noisy in this setting. But, man, we're playing guitar. // 10

Reliability & Durability: Played Gigs with it, without backup. It's really solid metal. The one Who said it fell out of his hand and now it's broken. Man, why does it fall out of your hand. The only negative: It eats batteries, batteries, batteries. But if you always change batteries before a gig it's no problem. // 9

Overall Impression: I play hardrock, bluesy rock, punk and just everything that has nice guitars. And that now for 2 years. I own several Ibanez pedals and a 30 W amp for practice. In band practice I play direct in the mixer. I love it for it's tone. And I think every guitarplayer should own a TS, just because it's cult. Its an overdrive, not more, not less. If I want to play harder things, I use my other equipment. That was always so and isnt a secret. Positive: - Easy to use - Legendary TS sound - Warm, fat, awesome sound - Solid metal - Great hot-switch Negative: - A bit noisy in "HOT"-modi - Not for metal or other extreme distortions. // 9

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overall: 9.3
TS7 Tubescreamer Reviewed by: SatanPriest, on june 24, 2009
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 50

Purchased from: Local Ripoff Music Store

Ease of Use: Very easy to use, 3 knobs (Drive, Tone, Level), 1 Switch (for TS9 and Hot Mode), and a footpedal. A monkey could operate this, if only they could shr3d. Oh yeah, there's input, output, and power supply jacks. If for any reason you can't operate this pedal, get a CAT scan right away. // 10

Sound: I'm using mainly a Fender Jaguar through a PA I have. I have a JCM-900 but its in need of repair, and I just got the TS7 so I never tested them out together. The TS7 provides very good Overdrive, it can match the sound of a TS9 and a TS808 in quality and there's not a huge difference in sound. Actually the chip in the TS7 is very similar to the one in the TS808 and can be modded very easily, although I can't hear a huge difference. Its just a matter of changing the resistor I believe, its easy to find directions of how to do it online. Anyways, Killer sound, there's a Switch for "hot mode" which boosts the Drive up but can be quite noisy (TS9 mode isn't very noisy at all). This pedal is very good for all kinds of rock, blues, and for solos. Its not for metal riffing and such because its Overdrive, if you want heavy go with a DISTORTION pedal, I recommend the Boss MT-2 or the Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde, or classic amp distortion. // 10

Reliability & Durability: It seems very durable, it has metal casing, and its in the Tone-Lok series so all the buttons and be pressed into the pedal. I haven't gigged with it yet nor have I had it long so I 'm not positive how reliable it is but my buddy claims it is, so I'll give it a 7 for now. // 7

Overall Impression: I play mostly alt/experimental rock in vein of Minus the Bear, Muse, Radiohead, Sonic Youth, all that jazz, and I use a shitload of effects, and its perfect for what I need in Overdrive. Its very affordable, about $40 on musiciansfriend.com, I'm not quite sure why its so cheap, maybe because its Machine made, the plain silver metal casing isn't fancy and green with a Vintage footswitch like the TS9 or TS808, or just maybe because its not made with love. If it was lost or stolen I would definitely go out and buy another one, its not like it would break the bank. This isn't for metal riffing or Smashing Pumpkin-esque fuzz, it just does what its supposed to do, its just an Overdrive, albeit a very good one. // 10

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overall: 8.5
TS7 Tubescreamer Reviewed by: AngrySamoan, on november 13, 2003
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 50

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Ease of Use: It's really simple to use, just hook a wire in the input and output and you're ready to go. Pretty easy to get good sound out of, and great for overdriving the distortion you already have on a tube amp. I've tried it on both solid state and tube, and it seems all around awesome for both. The knobs are very user friendly. But if you leave it hooked in too long, the batteries will die, and that always sucks. // 8

Sound: My current setup: Gibson SG Special with Gibson Burstbucker bridge pickup on a Marshall MGDFX100 Watt Amp. It's not too noisy and doesn't scream to often, but it can rip some real cool heavy metal and punk lines on high volumes. The effects can get real weak if you have a low battery. Sometimes this can screw you at a show. I can get this one to sound alot like some Suicidal Tendencies and with some tweakage you can get a real NOFX/Pennywise effect. It only has one effect, which is distortion, but it's a good little box and well worth the money. // 10

Reliability & Durability: The only downside is the battery. It will screw you. // 6

Overall Impression: I play heavy metal, punk rock, and some cool Bach type stuff. I've been playing for about 4 years now. And if this baby ever got stolen, I'd buy it again in a second. // 10

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overall: 8.5
TS7 Tubescreamer Reviewed by: Onyx, on august 25, 2004
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Price paid: $ 81.9

Purchased from: Local music store

Ease of Use: The pedal is pretty straightforward to use. It's like any other pedal. You plug it in and turn the three knobs until you get the sound you want. The manual was only one piece of paper though it contained everything you need to know plus a few settings to start out with. // 10

Sound: It has three knobs; drive, tone and level. In addition to that it alsp has a switch that can add som extra gain. I'm currently using it along with my Ibanez RG270 and a Marshall MG50DFX. This pedal is ok for rhythm playing but is a little weak for soloing. I would say that punk, pop-rock and soft rock is where this baby should be used, perhaps also some CCR-like stuff. // 8

Reliability & Durability: It hasn't let me down yet and I don't think it will either. I think it's quite safe to use this at a gig without a backup. Unless you're using an adaptor it might be a good idea to bring backup batteries though. This thing eats a lot of batteries. "Physically" it's durable enough. // 8

Overall Impression: I've been playing for 4 years now. I play just about anything from 70's disco to hard rock. This pedal can more or less deliver anything in between. I still use my amp distortion for solos though. This is also my first distortion pedal, I've only been using multieffects before. If it were stolen or lost I wouldn't buy another one, I'd go for something else I think. One nice feature is the Tone-Lok that makes sure the settings you don't turn the knobs unintentionally, or that someone else doesn't for that matter. // 8

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overall: 6
TS7 Tubescreamer Reviewed by: unregistered, on june 10, 2005
0 of 11 people found this review helpful

Sound: I was using this on my dad's beatiful Epiphone (not sure of the make, but it's very high-end so you can trust it) and on a 15 watt Fender Trainer amp (didn't sound too good) and on my dad's Peavey Backstage plus. The sound it made was pretty good. A really nice drive at high volume but if your volume sint high enough you can barely distinguish between notes. I got a good AC/DC and Metallica sound out of this pedal but not much other. // 8

Overall Impression: I usually play classic rock and metal and it suited me pretty well, I found the perfect settings for Master Of Puppets and Back In Black! I have been playing for about a year and a half now and I own a left-handed Fender Strat (piece of crap) and I use my dads beautiful Epiphone (still don't know make). I only bought this pedal because I needed a overdrive/fuzz pedal and this one was cheap. If this were stolen I would phone the guy who took it and thank them and send them a 24 of canadian beer. I wish this pedal had more. No wait any reliability then I might like it but I only have so much space in my heart. // 4

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overall: 9
TS7 Tubescreamer Reviewed by: angus69, on april 20, 2006
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 72

Purchased from: guitar center

Ease of Use: Three knobs, one switch. Very basic, simple and straight-forward. If anyone has any trouble trying to get this thing to work or sound right then either the pedal is messed up or the person trying to work the pedal has a serious learning problem. // 9

Sound: I play an Epiphone Les Paul and a Vox 15w amp, I bought this pedal to replace a dying Proco Rat. Similar effect, but less harsh and doesn't 'do' fuzz. On the 'hot' setting, it is a little noisy compared to my old Rat. I didn't think this would provide much overdrive/distortion, but with a compressor behind it, set at only about 12 o'clock on the 'hot' setting, it gives a very satisfying rock distortion. I managed to get the Pearl Jam (both guitarists use TS-9s) and the Tool guitar sound with little tweaking (also very good for AC/DC and punk rock thought). I put a Boss Metal Zone before it in my effects loop and the two sound surprisingly good together, I now use the Metal Zone as a powerful boost for the TS-7, just took a bit of tweaking getting the tone levels about the same. I really like ve the overall sound. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Not had it long. It's made of metal (can't believe anyone would think it's plastic). Design is very similar to Boss pedals, the retractable dials increase durablility, so possibly more reliable than Boss. // 9

Overall Impression: Well, I just wanted to say that this is a very good, classic rock pedal, I've been playng for an year now and I've had a Marshall Guv'noir and it's just a piece of crap in compair with this one, I would probally buy another one if this was stolen. // 9

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overall: 9.5
TS7 Tubescreamer Reviewed by: Lakoras, on january 08, 2013
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Purchased from: Gift

Ease of Use: Well, I got this from a friend that won't use it anymore and it has some small problems due to almost 8 years of use (or abuse, I'm not sure). I had to send it for repair (a few broken cables, and I also changed the led for a blue one). When it came back, it was awesome. It has the 3 basic knobs: Drive controls the gain, tone controls the eq, and level controls the volume, and a switch for the "TS9" and "hot" mode, no Rocket science, anyone can use it without the manual. To get a good sound should be easy, start with all the knobs at 12 o'clock and fix what you want from there. // 10

Sound: I use a Dean Cadillac X with a DiMarzio Liquifire on bridge and a D-Activator on the neck, a Fender Champion 30 for practice, in some gigs we rent big amps. The sound is awesome, warm and fat tone but with the Drive at 12 o'clock in TS9 mode you can play chords and hear every note, but if you play a power chord, you can feel the power inside. The "Hot" mode has fatter-gainier tone, can easily be used as a main distortion and if I crank it over 3 o'clock, I can even get some "metal tone" from it (I think it can be made with any humbuckers). The Bad Thing: The "Hot" mode is noisy when not playing. Is an excellent booster, I use with the Drive at 12 o'clock in TS9 mode before the main distortion (a Boss DS-1) and has a really god metal tone without the noise. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Is made of metal, so, you can jump on it, is a real tank. The previous owner said it can be used as a weapon (I think that's why I had to send it to repair on the first place). I'm planning to buy a Pedal Power but for now I use rechargable bateries. It last about 12 hours on it, but I'm not sure, I use it more that the other pedals and is the last baterie on get dry. I have used it on gigs without backup and it worked just fine. It can be depended on, no last minute troubles, and the sound fits in almost any amp I've tried it on. // 10

Overall Impression: I play in a Alternative Rock Band, but I like to play metal sometimes. The warm sound is perfect for the alternative. I think it can be used on any gender, at least as a booster. I don't know what will I do if I lost it (beside of crying a lot), it's not on stores anymore and in this country (Venezuela) I haven't seen another of these. I compared it with the Boss OD- and the TS7 is more versatile. The problem again, is the noise in the "Hot" mode, is the only thing I'll change. I assume that some Electronics Wizzards would be able to do something about it, but I don't know yet. // 9

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