The tubescreamer

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  1. Axegrinder77

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    A classic!

    Just dusted off my maxon od808 and played it into a delay and my 68 princeton. Nice smooth compressed yet touch sensitive dirt box.

    There's a reason I'll never get rid of it, even though it's usually not on my board .

    The tubescreamer!
     
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  2. dlew919

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    Used properly they’re great.


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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Playing into a BF amp, it just belongs.
     
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    Just rediscovered the joys of my TS-9 a few days ago. Volume all the way up, drive all the way down, tone at noon = bluesy bliss.
     
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    They are very much like the Boss DS-1 and the Metal Zone: When used properly, you can get great sounds out of them. Otherwise, they can really sound bad and I believe most critics of all three of those pedals simply are not using them properly.
     
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    My favorite pedal of all time.
     
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  7. Axegrinder77

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    I find that the proper gain and level settings depend on where your amp is at. For instance, with the amp set lower /cleaner, I need the gain up around noon, level where required. That level up gain down thing is appropriate when the amp is already breaking up. Ymmv
     
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    Mine as well

    Actually I have always TWO. First one always ON and second for leads and that stuff
     
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    Haven’t owned one in 10 years and had limited use for mine in the prior 15 years.
    I’ve gone through so many drive pedals over the years and then finally realized that it’s best to find one and then learn how to get “your tone” from it. I could never find “my tone” with a screamer.
     
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    I have a Mooer Green Mile. My initial impression was 'Oh no, what have I bought?'

    But I had it set the same as my DS-2 or OCD-clone.

    I then learned how to use it properly & I love it. Tele>Green Mile>Orange Micro Terror (edge of breakup)>Heaven!
     
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    gridlock Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Same with my Ibanez TS808HW (3rd pedal from the right). I’ve owned almost every popular Tubescreamer and the Handwired version is the smoothest and warmest sounding TS type pedal that I’ve owned. Also a keeper pedal.

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  12. tah1962

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    I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the tube screamer for many years. I’ve been through the TS808, TS9, and many variants based on the tube screamer circuit. My two favorites are my BYOC builds. The Green Pony (based on a Maxon OD820), and the OD855, (based on the Ibanez OD855 Overdrive II). Both of the pedals have less mid hump than the original TS808 & TS9.

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    I’ll finally be painting the OD855 enclosure (hammertone dark bronze) later this week since it is finally going to warm up.

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    I could have written that. I have exactly the same pedal though a different setup. Tweak those knobs.


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    i have a joyo vintage overdrive that i use with the special 6. the amp's own boost is pretty scooped, so with the joyo i can get a nice contrast between the two. when i have both on it's pretty damn raucous.
     
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    I never got on well with mine because I was using it into a ‘66 Deluxe Reverb set with the amp volume on 2-3 at home. But now I have a Mustang III V2 modelling my DR, and can set the gain on the model to the edge of breakup so the pedal can properly do its thing.

    So I’m rethinking using the pedal. The only problem is the pedal is in storage 5,300 miles away.

    And it’s an original TS-9.

    Sigh.
     
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    Thanks.
    The first amp I used was a Crate PowerBlock. The GM settings were something like Vol 10 o'clock; Gain 3 & Tone at 12.
    It sounded awful. Now with Vol 3 o'clock; Gain at 10 & Tone around 9 or 10 - sounds great.
    And stacked with another pedal into the PB, it's much better now.
     
  17. charlie chitlin

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    I think they sound terrible.
    Maybe it's be because I have tweed amps that already have big miss.
    Although...if I put a boost after it, especially one that accentuates highs, like the lowly E-H LPB-1, there's nothing better.
     
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    I miss the days when I could crank the amp and step on this TS-10

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    I prefer the SD-1, which is similar enough to count as a screamer. It’s one of my all time favorite drives.
     
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    I own five...

    TS-9 (1983)
    TS-10
    TS-7
    TS-9 x2 (modern)
     
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