TS9 or TS808?

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  1. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    Which should I buy? I’m putting together a small board with just 3-4 pedals, and a TS will be one of them. I have an East River Drive, which I think is the 808 circuit. I love it. Should I just buy another one? Or go for a TS9? What’s the difference?
     
  2. telerocker1988

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    My opinion is an unpopular one. I very much prefer the TS-9.

    From what I gather, the vast majority of people prefer the slightly more warm tone of the TS-808. Especially blues guys with Strats, etc. Legions of people send their 9s to Analog Man for his 808 mod. I love Mike. But that's just not one of the products of his I like. I love his GE-7 mod, and his King Of Tone tho.

    The TS-9 has a bit more bite to my ears. Not unpleasant, at least to me. And that's exactly what I want in my tone as I'm a guitarist that likes to bridge the gap between rock and roll and country. I like a brighter tone. This doesn't mean I don't own a TS-808 or 808 inspired pedals, I do. But I prefer my TS-9 and if I'm gonna put an Ibanez TS on my board, it's my 30th anniversary TS-9. It does the job very well. No mods needed. That said, Keeley's Mod Plus for the 9 was always more my speed than Analog Man's, who just made it a 808. Robert's mod TTBOMK doesn't do that but rather tweaks it to be different.
     
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    no. don't waste any money.i think it' the best VFM ts 808 clone and i always like more 808's to ts-9's...but that's me
     
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  4. lineboat

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    I basically use it to boost, and get that midrange boost that TS pedals give. I’m not looking for a lot of dirt or grind out of one, just that slight bump. A lot of times I’ll leave it on the entire time I’m playing.
     
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    I’d try a boost with the TS
    I don’t like a lot of just boost pedals
    I’ve tryd MXR etc etc
    Beleave it or not the best boost pedal I’ve found is a Danelectric Texas Pride
    It’s really not gritty at all and I’ve found it priceless stacking it before my 808 circuit pedal(Tomsline) and my Blues JR
    And it’s got huge power
     
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    The differences are slim, really. Play one or the other for a year, and that's the one you'll like.
     
  7. noquarter1983

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    I also use the east river drive. I find it really gets a nice kick in the butt when I run a blues breaker pedal before it. It gives it that extra little oomph that it needs to fatten it and even slightly compress a little more.
     
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    Brian Wampler discusses the issue here. It's worth viewing.
     
  9. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    That was cool! I’ll be going the cheaper route for sure!
     
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    I've had a stock TS-9 for years, for boosting it works great.
    If anyone is interested in a TS style pedal with a even more gain, a mids knob, true bypass and the TS-808 style chip then give the Jet Driver a look. I love mine! It is more suited to using as a stand-alone drive than a booster though, IMO. Used Jet Drivers can be found all day for fifty bucks or less.
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    I cannot tell any difference between them, I never could.
    I had a bunch of them in my youth.
    They all croaked after about six months.
    They all sounded good.
     
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    I've been toad it has something to do with the color. :oops:
    Sorry about that...froget I said anything and I'll hop on out of here. :lol:
     
  13. telerocker1988

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    I love Brian's work, but to me the difference in frequency between a 9 and a 808 is plainly obvious. Especially when you've got two of the pedals in front of you. You don't have parts change between models and not have some kind of sonic difference. Tolerances don't make that much difference. Even more so when you've played several 9s and several 808s and they all have that change to the tone in them from the 9 to the 808. Undeniable top end shift.
     
  14. lineboat

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    I ordered a TS9. And an El Mocambo.
    We’ll see how that works out!
     
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    I use the Keeley True Bypass 808. Even though I leave it on!
     
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    Maxon SD9. Thank me later.
     
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    TS9 or TS808?

    Yes.
     
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    I have a TS-7, which is supposedly the same circuit as the TS-9. Got it used for $25, and it does just what I want it to do...boost my mids and help me punch through. I don't really use it for an overdriven sound by itself- I've got other pedals for that. Lately, my Timmy and Ponyboy (klon-clone) have been handling the majority of my dirt pedal needs and my TS has been sitting idle. If I was getting a new TS-type pedal, especially for the price, I'd get something besides an Ibanez...there are so many great pedals out there to choose from that can do TS-type boost and other things, too.
     
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    You really should try an SD-1 also for comparison. I personally prefer it into cranked Fender over the TS. You can pick up a used one dirt cheap.

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    Consensus usually says the SD 1 works a little better with hum buckers whereas traditional tube screamers work better with single coils.
     
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