Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue

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The Holy Grail of Tube Screamers.

The Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue is back. This is the incomparable overdrive pedal that vintage gear hounds are always hoping to find. The 2004 TS808 reissue features the same famous square footswitch and the warm tones of the JRC4558 chip used in most of the original TS808s. Ignore look-alikes. If your tone is suffering from a lack of real warmth, the TS808 is the real, nongeneric prescription.


Order the real thing and get the warm overdrive you've been missing.

 

TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue Specifications:

  • Type: Overdrive
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IbanezTS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Crunchy, creamy, lovely

It is pointless to review such a legend.. most people know this one. But when I tried it myself I was so surprised over the tonal quality that I just have to say a...Read complete review

It is pointless to review such a legend.. most people know this one. But when I tried it myself I was so surprised over the tonal quality that I just have to say a couple of words... This is by far the best overdrive pedal out there and at this price, it should be. The tone is very warm and smooth. This is an overdrive pedal, but if you have really high output pickups you can get one of the heaviest distortion sounds. I used it to boost up a Marshall JCM900 to get that extra "over-the-top" lead tone. After the concert a lot of people commented on the nice sound of my guitar. to sum up: this is one of top 3 stomp boxes ever created.

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Take reviews with a pinch of salt

I'd have to say that for the price, the TS-808 is a decent enough product - but not great. Run in through a down-tuned Fender Strat into a Twin-Reverb and you might be ...Read complete review

I'd have to say that for the price, the TS-808 is a decent enough product - but not great. Run in through a down-tuned Fender Strat into a Twin-Reverb and you might be able to approximate SRV's sound, provided also that you use 0.13 gauge strings. Partner it with a Gibson LP or any other guitar with humbuckers and again, the tone is bluesy enough, though a bit too warm for my taste. I like my tone biting and raunchy and this is too refined. And by the way, the dealer in my home country doesn't stock this pedal, so I bought it off Music123 without trying it. I gambled that it would live up to its reputation. Am I disappointed? Yes, a little, though it's my fault for buying without trying.

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5.0

Tube Screamer

By Tom Jeffrey

from Sudbury, MA

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

This is an excellent pedal. I played it with both single-coils (Stratocaster, Telecaster) and humbuckers (Les Paul, ES-335) and it sounded great on both. I played it through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Reverb and a VOX AC-15. Both sounded very nice. It provides very accurate control over the amount of drive. It's very smooth - not harsh sounding, and also very quiet - which is important for studio applications. It's also extremely easy to use right out of the box. I am extremely happy with the Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer.

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5.0

The true tone machine

By Ross

from Muskegon, MI

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

Wow! This is the best pedal I have ever used. I play in a metal band and I was a 6505+ through a Mesa Boogie cab and this pedal was truly the missing link. The tone and just over all beef I get from the pedal is amazing. Kind of a creamy sound with distortion. I really recommend this pedal to anyone wanting a boost with a creamy tone. Its BREATH TAKING.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh My God

By Elvis-_o8dU

from East Coast

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

I own the original TS808 Tube Screamer, so remember this review is based on "THE ORIGINAL" not the reissue. This pedal fell into my hands quite indirectly and i've never been as happy as on that day. I ran this thing through the first thing i had and it instantly lit up the room. The first thing i played it through was a solid state amp and an all stock Ibanez. It sounded much better than i thought through a solid state. I was using an Ibanez NDM-1 which isn't really a bluesy guitar but i sure could rip it out of there with this pedal. Later on i ran my Fender through it, and i swear, nothing compared to that sound. After many trials through different amps, i must say the best sound that i've gotten is out of a Fender Blues Junior. Honestly, the all tube sound coupled with this pedal and a Fender strat was straight heaven to my ears! I'm planning on going and buying a Blues Junior quite soon. Also with my Ibanez now down tuned to CGCFAD, i ran the TS808 with my MXR Dime distortion. It was sooo raw and heavy. I could pull sweeps and scales out of their like you wouldn't believe. Honestly, if you sink your money into one, you won't be dissappointed.

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(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

worth every penny....

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

Overall the TS-808 is worth every penny...and it is expensive. It will not get any negative remarks in this review. It gives great tone no matter how you set it up, and you can get pretty much any blues tone you want out of it. It's built like a tank. It screams even when you use a solid state amp, but is amazing when played with a tube amp (which I plan to buy very soon!) This pedal gives you vintage sound. Love everything about it and it looks good in green also.

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(36 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simplicity. Blazing Tone.

By Ian V.

from sacramento

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

Take one Fender Tele, one tube screamer. Add a pignose. You know, the small one.Switch the Tele to the Bridge p/u. Krank that pig.Best damn blues sound you'll ever hear. Period.To sweeten it up, run it through your favorite amp or run itstraight through a P.A...Zappa would approve...Great for studio work or live application. Do It...

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(61 of 106 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crunchy, creamy, lovely

By Maz

from Norway(europe)

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

It is pointless to review such a legend.. most people know this one. But when I tried it myself I was so surprised over the tonal quality that I just have to say a couple of words... This is by far the best overdrive pedal out there and at this price, it should be. The tone is very warm and smooth. This is an overdrive pedal, but if you have really high output pickups you can get one of the heaviest distortion sounds. I used it to boost up a Marshall JCM900 to get that extra "over-the-top" lead tone. After the concert a lot of people commented on the nice sound of my guitar. to sum up: this is one of top 3 stomp boxes ever created.

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(8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Take reviews with a pinch of salt

By Singlinger

from Singapore

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

I'd have to say that for the price, the TS-808 is a decent enough product - but not great. Run in through a down-tuned Fender Strat into a Twin-Reverb and you might be able to approximate SRV's sound, provided also that you use 0.13 gauge strings. Partner it with a Gibson LP or any other guitar with humbuckers and again, the tone is bluesy enough, though a bit too warm for my taste. I like my tone biting and raunchy and this is too refined. And by the way, the dealer in my home country doesn't stock this pedal, so I bought it off Music123 without trying it. I gambled that it would live up to its reputation. Am I disappointed? Yes, a little, though it's my fault for buying without trying.

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(47 of 88 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

yes Martha, its real!!!

By charles

from ny

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

Great overdrive, very warm sound, thick, rich, full. This pedal in front of a 4x10 Hot Rod Deville, and a second tube screamer (just for that killer solo sound) will give you sound you will wanna write home about. Any guitar anywhere, any time. You also might want to try a di box at the amp. You will have so much bottom it will shake the house! All this for $169 bucks..its a no brainier, for sure...Enjoy!

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(58 of 102 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Texas Blues Tone to Spare

By Steve Johnson

from Florida

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

If you are looking for that Stevie Ray distortion sound without having to pay big $ for vintage pedals, then this is the best pedal I have used yet; I have access to the original TS-808 like the one Stevie Ray used and running both pedals into a Fender Hot Rod Deville 4/10 using a Strat with Texas Special pickups I cannot tell any difference in the tone; Both are awesome pedals but the new TS-808 is about 1/3 the price:

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(68 of 118 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great, yet different

By Tim--VjNP

from Houston, TX

Comments about Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer Reissue:

Great pedal. I took my original to the local music store and compared. The new version was brighter and seemed to distort earlier than my original. I will definitely buy one if my old one gives out, but not as one to swap out on stage.

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