The Ibanez TS9B Bass Tube Screamer has earned its reputation for pristine overdrive and ultimate reliability on merit. The pedal features a revised five-knob layout making it easy to dial in a range of bass-specific overdriven tones- from light mid-boost to give your tone an edge, through to full-blown sludgy distortion, the TS9B has mastered low-medium gain drive. Once you plug in with one of these, you instantly understand the hype and the reputation Tube Screamers have garnered for being top of the class in overdrive.
The main difference between the TS9B and the original TS9 is the EQ sculpting to better suit bass frequencies. This gives the TS9B more low-end growl and even deeper tonal control. Retained is the renowned TS trait of being touch-sensitive- dig into the strings harder to get the exaggerated growl and emphasised grit. If you want to impart the classic Tube Screamer sound, just on bass, the TS9B provides just the solution.
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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 TS9 its unique sound signature.
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 TS9B can offer mid-heavy bass overdrive without the effect becoming muddy. This is what makes a Tube Screamer a Tube Screamer- optimum signal filtering and frequency selective distortion.