TS9 Tubescreamer review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (157 votes)
Ibanez: TS9 Tubescreamer
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Price paid: $ 99

Sound — 10
I am using it with a Line 6 Spider III, Ibanez IC 400 iceman and a Electro-Harmonix Metal muff, using the TS-9 to boost and smoothen out the rough harsh distortion from the metal muff while maintaining the 'heavy' tonal qualities of the Metal Muff. Note, this is not a distortion pedal. That is why I am able to use this pedal at the same time as my metal muff without the sound becoming muddy. The effects sound best for me at maximum drive, 50% volume and 50% tone, this is as I use the equalizer on my metal muff for most tonal tweaking. This is a very nice clean and smooth pedal, it is never noisy on whatever setting and does not generate feedback.

Overall Impression — 9
I play metal, that's all, that's why I never use this pedal alone. Other distortions that this pedal does an excellent job of creaming out and smoothening the edges are the DigiTech Grunge and Boss MT-2 (which sounds like crap alone). I don't hate any aspect of this pedal as, really, it is perfect for my needs, also, it is reasonably priced as compared to it's contemporaries. If it was stolen or something along those lines, I would definitely get another one. Nothing else I have tried to date even comes close to the clean boost is gives to my distortion pedals, best of all, it doesn't muddy up the distortion.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This pedal is a built like a f--king brick. The all metal construction makes it considerably tough. If I needed a weapon, I'd actually not mind using it. I'd happily use it to gig without backup naturally. Sad to say, the paint is not exactly scratch resistant, however the metal seems reasonable tough enough to not dent from a few hits.

Ease of Use — 10
This pedal is relatively easy to use, the Drive controls the amount of overdrive, the tone sets how much treble/bass you get and the level is just the volume. It will take abit of tweaking to get your perfect tone. It works perfectly fine un-modded. It will take a read idiot to actually go wrong with this thing. Also uses a pretty standard 9V input, 300mA.

14 comments sorted by best / new / date

    SL!!!
    don't get these people trying to boost their distortion channels, If you want distortion, buy a distortion pedal!
    What?! No way man, your overdrive/distortion channel on your amp is always going to be better. If you have good pickups too, it makes a huge difference and using this to boost it give a great tone. A ton of big bands use it for that, even a lot of pretty metal bands. Anyway, this thing is incredibly versatile and sounds amazing.
    Ali-b912
    SL!!! wrote: What?! No way man, your overdrive/distortion channel on your amp is always going to be better.
    not if its a crappy amp. would this be good to use with a fender frontman 15g. its all ive got at the moment and i find its gain is just.. weird, and i dont much like it. i plan on buying some kind of Overdrive or distortion pedal but im not sure what kind. i like ibanez stuff and alot of people reckon these are awesome. also could someone explain which is distortion and which is overdrive. i can tell the sounds being different and im pretty sure i get it but i dont really get it very well.
    ammarrehman
    honestly, there is a huge difference between OD and Distortion. This pedal can work for players of both style though, for someone who works mainly with a clean channel and wants a warm tone then this will enhance your tone and can give you some drive as well. for someone who wants a brutal death metal tone, use this before your main distortion pedal as a boost (OD minimal, tone at 1 o'clock, level full) or with you amp's distortion channel. you won't get a metal tone with this pedal on a clean channel, that's not what it's for. personally i would pay the extra 70 bucks and get the TS808, it has more gain, i use that before my MXR Zakk Wylde ZW44 (my main OD pedal), on a TripleRec's highest gain channel to get my metal tone, i think that's what this pedal could do best for me.
    ammarrehman
    and by the way. the Boss MT-2 is a ****ing amazing pedal. you have to spend time with it. Pedals aren't magic boxes that you can turn on and expect your tone to become legendary. you have to know how to use it and understand what it does. the MT-2 requires no other pedal other than a noise-gate and it can give you any kind of metal tone you want. the only reason i use the rig i use is because that stuff combined with a triple rectifier sounds better, all you need for practice is an MT-2 and an NS-2
    Ali-b912
    ammarrehman wrote: and by the way. the Boss MT-2 is a ****ing amazing pedal. you have to spend time with it. Pedals aren't magic boxes that you can turn on and expect your tone to become legendary. you have to know how to use it and understand what it does. the MT-2 requires no other pedal other than a noise-gate and it can give you any kind of metal tone you want. the only reason i use the rig i use is because that stuff combined with a triple rectifier sounds better, all you need for practice is an MT-2 and an NS-2
    yeah i understand what you mean about spending time with it to learn it. i want something really versatile that can play from metallica to the stones. most ibanez things are pretty ranged in what they can do with themselves so i thot this would be the same.
    ammarrehman
    Ali-b912 wrote: ammarrehman wrote: and by the way. the Boss MT-2 is a ****ing amazing pedal. you have to spend time with it. Pedals aren't magic boxes that you can turn on and expect your tone to become legendary. you have to know how to use it and understand what it does. the MT-2 requires no other pedal other than a noise-gate and it can give you any kind of metal tone you want. the only reason i use the rig i use is because that stuff combined with a triple rectifier sounds better, all you need for practice is an MT-2 and an NS-2 yeah i understand what you mean about spending time with it to learn it. i want something really versatile that can play from metallica to the stones. most ibanez things are pretty ranged in what they can do with themselves so i thot this would be the same.
    well yeah you can't get that versatile a tone with JUST the TS9 but you can use it in many different ways, that's all i'm saying.
    Edmeister
    I have a TS9 and that thing is veristile when used in conjunction with an amp. It can be used as a volume boost, light distortion, and just an overall tone enhancer. I also use it with my gain channel on my MG 10 Marshall. It really brings out harmonics and can allow my Telecaster to sound as hot as my Ibanez.
    Cobalt Blue
    It will take a read idiot to actually go wrong with this thing.
    ...should check your spelling before you call people idiots :p yeah i hear mostly praise for this pedal in combination with another distortion... I might grab one to try out with my fuzz face.
    hellraiserharry
    wel this pedal i got because i never use a clean tone . its one of the greatest piece of gear. i like the bite it adds to the tone. It is always on an when i use it infront my line6 HD147 it makes that amp all the louder i love it . i swaped all three pickups on my strat and when i use that guitar with the TS9 i get infinite sustain it is amazing . Real fun for early morning jamming with the guys. THIS IS SO AMAZING EVEN DRUMMERS WANNA STEAL IT
    Clypse
    That was actually very helpful because im looking for an overdrive but, I saw that one already and, im still thinking
    SL!!!
    THIS IS SO AMAZING EVEN DRUMMERS WANNA STEAL IT
    Haha, man, drummers want to steal EVERYTHING. Like every drummer ii know is so into gear they want everything. Haha, i guess i do too though, i like to have options and i enjoy a wide array of sounds.
    Pete24v
    set your valve amps drive channel to a crunch tone then add a Tube Screamer for a hot lead sound. Gary Moore did it this way for years, he's now moved to the MXR GT OD. The main differences between the TS9 and TS808 are the op amp chips, Keeley does good modded pedals as does Analog man. It's also worth mentioning that Maxon, (who originally made the tube screamers for Ibanez) now make them braned as Maxon... now these are something else, the OD9 Pro is simply the best i've tried, better than the modded ibanez versions.
    cfoley8x
    I got my ts9 modded to the ts808 and the difference in sound is pretty slight, but well worth the investment because it has that little extra bite when I boost the gain. I play a strat with texas specials in the neck and middle, and a seymour duncan mini humbucker in bridge.
    Quoteman
    Jawkster wrote: its a Tubescreamer TS9 better than a BOSS MT-2?
    Dude, that's like comparing grapes to watermelons, or A 24 ounce steak to a bowl of apple sauce, two completely different pedals. MT-2 is more for metal (and actually can sound great if anyone bothered to master the EQ on it) the TS-9 is more for blues classic rock (maxed out it can do AC/DC). Hope that helps