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Tube Screamer Recommendations?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by doghouseman, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. jayhawknavy02

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    Because Josh deserves all our custom! I've no doubt it will sound good. I don't have one myself but I would expect them to be sort of generic but in a good way with a wholesome Joshy touch.
    And I love the visual aesthetic of that whole series; they are a perfect canvas to customise!
     
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    My choice would be the Ibanez TS Mini: sturdy, affordable and the original TS sound and mojo, all in a small package, what else would you need?
     
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    JHS Bonsai. Has all of them in there..... all of them.
     
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    This is a great well researched history on the tune screamer. His whole history of series is fantastic.

     
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    I've had a Bad Monkey and Green Rhino but was more into transparent OD then a couple of years back got a hankering for a TS which I had never owned and picked up the Mini. Been on the board ever since.
     
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    JHS bonsai, look no further. All types of TS in one killer pedal.
     
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    I've had several. Ibanez Turbo was very good but I hate the footswitch. Keeley Red Dirt mini was versatile because of internal dip switches. Fulltone Fulldrive 2 Mosfet was among the best but it was too large for a one trick pony (clean boost volume was mismatched to other channels, making constant adjustment necessary & boost only increased drive, which softened the sound & effectively reduced volume = useless). I currently have a JHS Double Barrel with a Morning Glory & their tubescreamer in one housing. Highly recommended. Also have a Keeley White Sands. Very tube screamer-ish with hi/lo gain settings. Also recommended!
     
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    Had many. East River Drive was the worst, Green Rhino the best.
     
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    Have we yet really defined what "that sound" means, in this case?

    If we are defining it as being a stock Ibanez/Maxon 808 or 9-series, then there are hundreds of candidates that IMO are basically sonically interchangeable.

    Because of how a stock TS removes so much bass and so much treble, it's just not sonically possible to get a lot of variation, beyond differences in component values, which can happen with two of the same type of pedals by the same manufacturer.

    Also, if the TS pedal isn't stock, that makes describing it as being "a good TS pedal" to be a totally subjective determination. One person might love the non-stock differences, while someone else might not care for them.
     
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    Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, Bad Monkey. I sold a (early, JRC4885) TS10 for roughly five times the cost of a used Bad Monkey and the collector was thrilled with the purchase. The only difference I noticed side-by-side was the far greater EQ control provided by the Bad Monkey.

    My hands down favorite, however, is the Menatone Red Snapper. Not too spendy unless you go for one of the early, collectible versions. I have the small-box four-knob (i.e., less collectible) version. The four knob's separate Hi-Cut and Bite controls offer excellent tailoring to the amp.

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    I agree. I love mine and use it for light gain. Love how the mid bump can be dialed down to useful (for me) levels.
     
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    I think "the sound" is that classic mid range hump.

    Yes, I ended up getting the Maxon 808 40th anniversary pedal. Can't go wrong with Maxon ;-)
     
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    Thanks for explaining why I didnt like the TS9!
     
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    +1 for the Boss SD1. I also have a Bad Monkey and a Joyo Vintage Overdrive and they're both pretty good but the Boss does the business for me with single coils and humbuckers
     
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    Maxon od808. Bought it used 20 years ago, still on my board. Will never sell it, and I sell everything lol.

    It's a nice buffer and works great first in the chain. You get nice push into other dirt, tightens low end into distortion, good for screaming or singing leads. It's a classic. It's smoother and more musical sounding to me than the ts9.

    Made in Japan. Not very expensive. No brainer, go with a classic!
     
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    TS5 absolutely underrated
     
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    I am in the camp that a TS is TS and the difference between your Joyo is so minimal that your money would be best spent upgrading your amp to one that plays well with a TS.
    But Hey sometimes you just can't stop your self from the treat of a new peddle
     
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    yes, it is a sickness. Got the Maxon 40th anniversary pedal. Treated myself.
     
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