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Tried to love my TS9, ready to replace it now.

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Norton72, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Norton72

    Norton72 Tele-Afflicted

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    I've had my reissue TS9 for years. I have tried to love it -- what guitar player whose tone I love has not used this pedal? I've used it through an SF Twin Reverb, a Crate VC5310, an SF Champ, and now and Excelsior. I haven't found anyway to dial in a tone I like. It seems like it takes away all the bottom end and sounds like I'm playing through a 6" speaker. I guess it's just not for me. I like the sound of my Champ and my Excelsior when they are just cranked up for natural overdrive. I can't get an overdrive sound with this pedal that I like at low volumes.

    Seems like everyone loves the Tube Screamers except me. I'm going to Ebay it (or maybe put it up here) and start searching for something different. I also have a VS Jekyll & Hyde but it's a bit more complicated than I like, although it is nice that it has some tone control to make up for the lack of it on the Excelsior.
     
  2. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Perhaps not the unit, but, the way you eq your amps for single coils and hb's....
    anyway, a few out there that have more (eq control) which it seems is what you lack.
    (red snapper, spark boost, diamond stuff, barber, etc, etc)

    wish you luck on quest

    ..
     
  3. Norton72

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    Thanks, I will look into those.
     
  4. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    A tube screamer w/ the gain up high and level attenuated to unity does not sound good
    A tube screamer w/ the gain low to mid and the level seriously boosting the front end of a Fender amp, does sound good.
     
  5. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

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    TS9DX. Its a regular Tube Screamer in the first mode. The other 3 modes add progressively more bass and volume (while rolling back some of the gain).

    Or, get a Rat.
     
  6. Norton72

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    I typically have the drive about 10:00 or less and the level at about 12:00 or so. I can't recall my experience with the level higher. I will try it when I get home.
     
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    For me, volume is what makes a TS9 work. At reasonable levels I'd pick almost any of my drive pedals over my TS9. But at gig volume, a lot of those pedals get muddy or lost...

    The bass cut and low gain of a TS make it work well as a booster or "flavor" pedal. I'd agree that it's not good at mimicking tube overdrive
     
  8. artdecade

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    The TS is a fantastic pedal live. Personally, I think the best use is to push a cooking amp further into overdrive. This is where it excels. I suggested the Turbo Screamer just in case you want to add a bit more bass along the way. I don't know that you will need to in a live situation, because... well, the bass player typically lives in that area of the mix. Ha. That said, if you need some more bass it is available.
     
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    purpletele Friend of Leo's

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    I feel the same about Tube Screamers. I gave mine away. I wanted to like it SOOO bad, because it really seemed like I should. I just didn't make sense. They're not for everyone though.

    A Rat is a good suggestion. Fuzz might be more up your alley too.
     
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    Gotta agree! A TS (at low Drive, moderate Level) pushing one of my other OD's (I do this rather than cranking my amps, as I do smaller room/lower volume gigs...), sounds great! Much better that cranking the TS's Drive knob, and using the distorted sound it creates.
     
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    I would try a transparent overdrive. I have a wampler euphoria that is awesome that gets that natural overdrive. If your interested in selling the ts9 send me an email.
     
  12. artdecade

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    "Transparent" is word that holds little value, because its so subjective from user to user. I also don't care for "haunting mids", "organic" or "mojo". :lol:
     
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    What is a haunting mid supposed to be anyway?
     
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    I believe it's the sound of a pure silver dollar hitting a table . . .
     
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    The only "haunting mids" I know is my spare tire and I certainly do not like that! :mad:
     
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    Stock answer no. 1.

    It's not something you can describe, you just have to hear it.

    Klones can't do it, its a subtle difference but important...
     
  17. artdecade

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    Do you sound like silver dollar hitting a table after falling down?
     
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    No, more like a jelly donut.
     
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    I think that's what people seem to like about the OCD. To me, it's like a Tube Screamer with more gain and bass. I liked using the OCD in my house, but most of the things I liked about it disappeared in a live band mix, so I traded it for a RAT.
     
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    In the places we play, dropping a Tele onto a table is a real risk.
     
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