The Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer Overdrive Pro proves that sometimes you just can't beat the original. A landmark pedal, and one that has rightly cemented its place in musical history on countless recordings and performances- from SRV to John Mayer. While its tube-like warm overdrive is well suited to blues, its versatility means you can shape its tone to suit any application.
From light overdrive to gently thicken your sound, to fatter, crunchier tones, the TS808 excels at them all and anything in between. The design incorporates both the JRC4558 chip internally- the exact same that made the original so special, and the beloved square footswitch adding to the vintage feel. The Tube Screamer's legacy speaks for itself and the TS808 shows exactly why this reputation was well-earned.
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All the character, just updated. The Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer Overdrive Pro is a loving recreation of the 1979 original. One of the most distinctive sounding pedals to ever exist, the TS808 is steeped in history having been a personal favourite of Stevie Ray Vaughan among others. Its ability to offer everything from a warm boost to crunchy distortion has made it a mainstay on many pedalboards- from amateur to professional. Bombproof construction means reliable performance while the inclusion of the JRC4558 gives all the vintage character you'd get from an early model. If you need something to fatten your tone, lend harmonic warmth and offer rich, mid-boosted overdrive, the TS808 is the only pedal to choose. There's a reason it's never been succeeded or replaced…
The Tube Screamer's clever design is the reason it's still the industry-standard overdrive pedal. Widely imitated but never accurately replicated, there are a few unique features that give the TS808 its unique sound signature. One of these is that the active high pass filter in the clipping stage rolls off the bass so that only frequencies above 720Hz get the full distortion and harmonics below get progressively less, making the distortion frequency selective.
After the clipping stage, a passive low pass filter shaves off excess treble giving the characteristic mid boost that Tube Screamers are known for. The clipped output signal then also contains part of the input signal, perfectly preserving the original dynamics of the instrument while also improving the responsiveness and overall clarity of the distortion. This is all made possible by the input buffer isolating the effect from the guitar, retaining optimum signal fidelity, one of the main reasons the TS808 can offer mid-heavy overdrive without the effect becoming muddy. This is what makes a Tube Screamer a Tube Screamer- optimum signal filtering and frequency selective distortion.