The tubescreamer

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  1. zeedoctour

    zeedoctour Tele-Meister

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    Maxon OD808 ... the Tube Screamer's mama. Love it. Have a BBE Green Machine too, they pair well. Had an original old Ibanez TS (the first one) but I sold it for $600. The Maxon will do nicely for now.
     
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  2. noname_dragon

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    IMO the Tube Screamer makes everyone sound pretty much the same. I do like it for slide but again it's THAT tone. Great for single note leads etc. but as Hetfield says, it puts a "sh...y coating" on chords. I know some folks love them but for myself I like something less generic.
     
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  3. scooteraz

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    My closest thing is a decade old Digitech HardWire CM-2. Occasionally, I break it out. I keep thinking I should either build one from a kit, or get one of the new Ibanez re-issues or a clone. Maybe the JHS multi-TS pedal.
     
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    I’m one of the few people I know who uses an unmodified ds-1. All the ‘fizz’ goes when you turn the tone down on the pedal and up a bit on the amp. So they really suit fender amps.


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    I made a dedicated pedal board when I just want to play straight into my Princeton Reverb amp:
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  6. studio1087

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    There are more on my boards. I need a 12 step program. Love that sound.

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    I couldn't live without it, especially around Oktoberfest.
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    I too prefer the SD-1 precisely because it’s not a tubescreamer. Only TS I ever liked was the Bad Monkey. I’ve used lots of them and tried them in different ways. Only time I ever got an actual TS9 to sound good was with a Crate V30 head into a 2x12. Should have kept that set up, but that’s at least 10 years gone.

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    Gardo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I use the TS9 DX , love that turbo mode
     
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    Yep.
     
  11. naveed211

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    The Maxon 808 is an especially good one. More pleasing to my ear as an overall drive, versus a TS9 which to me only sounds good goosing an already distorted amp for lead tones, and doesn’t sound good in any other application.

    I’m currently rocking the Lovepedal Valve Reamer. Surprised more people don’t hold onto these, I see a lot for sale and they’re so cheap (got mine for $50). It can do the 808 thing, but sounds fantastic with the gain dialed up, too. Tight bottom end and enough saturation for pretty rocking stuff and leads.
     
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    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    The CM-2 is one of the best TS pedals I've ever used. That's a keeper.
     
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    ^^^ Seeing schenkadere's post above reminded me. If you're a TS fan try a Jet Driver. It's a Tube Screamer on steroids.
     
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    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    Absolutely. Great pedal. More gain and a mid control. This and the CM-2 are my picks for TS, no need to look further.
     
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  15. scooteraz

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    Hmmm, now that I think about it, the Keeley Red Dirt is a TS clone, well at least a re-issue of Kelley’s fully modded TS. It is my current “TS” on the board. Never though to AB it against the CM-2. Where was my mind when I forgot the RedDirt. Oh yeah, I have been playing through an Apogee Jam into Garage Band or a Helix for practice, mostly, and when I have an amp I have been messing with the HX Effects....Haven’t really looked at the pedal board in a month or so....
     
  16. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    TS my go to OD for 15 years now, albeit not the 808 or TS-8. .
     
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    I had never owned or tried a tube screamer in 48 years of playing. A friend of mine kept insisting I borrow his to try it out so I finally borrowed it. I'll probably go another 48 years without using one. :D

    Not dissing the pedal, just not my thing.
     
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    Interesting how we all have such different tastes. I've used an SD-1 for more than 30 years (still have the first and only one I bought), but I don't think it sounds anything like the tube screamer. Must be the way I'm using it.
     
  19. Rusty Shackelford

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    I do 2 silver mod 808s drives at noon and 3' clock
     
  20. OttoCorrect

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    You probably already know this, but both pedals share a common lineage with the Boss OD-1. Ibanez basically cloned the OD-1 to make their TS, but added a tone knob and used symmetrical clipping since Boss apparently had a patent on the asymmetrical clipping used in the OD-1.

    Not to be outdone, Boss added a tone knob to the OD-1 circuit and released it as the SD-1 we know and love today.

    So the Tube Screamer and the Super Overdrive, while sonically different, are both closely derived from the Boss OD-1, and circuit-wise are more similar than different, if that makes sense.

    So I count them as the same type of pedal. Thus, I say my favorite screamer is the SD-1.
     
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