Users Of The Legendary Ibanez Tube Screamer
Over the years, Ibanez and its competitors made different modifications and issued different models, striving to replace the Tube Screamer. After decades of experimentations, trials and errors, Ibanez gave up on the newest models and reissued the same Tube Screamer as it was in 1981
Since issued in 1981, Tube Screamers have been used in countless recordings. You’ve heard them everywhere – stages, studio recordings - you simply couldn’t miss it.
Over the years, Ibanez and its competitors made different modifications and issued different models, striving to replace the Tube Screamer. The pedal was also cloned on many occasions, but none of the clones managed to achieve the success of the original Tube Screamer.
Thus, after decades of experimentation, trials, and errors, Ibanez gave up on the newest models and reissued the same Tube Screamer as it was in 1981.
The Tube Screamer features three knobs and True Bypass. When the drive knob is turned down, it gives the signal a great clean boost with a little bit of grit. You can immediately spot that mid bump the Tube Screamer is so famous for. It lets your guitar tone poke out of the mix. Once the drive and tone knobs are turned up, the sound becomes sharp and tight.
The Tube Screamer has a great musical voice even with the tone and drive being at max. It’s surprisingly touch-sensitive due to a soft clipping diode which retains a little bit of the original signal. It's great at boosting an already distorted amp. It doesn’t cloud or give away the sound. It just adds a little more gain and volume to it, and slightly bumps up the mids. It sounds good in a channel-switching situation as well.
In practical application, it can be used almost like an additional channel.
The Tube Screamer is used by countless famous guitarists. Some of them are John Mayer, John Petrucci, Keith Richards, Mike McCready, and Stone Gossard. This confirms the fact that the Tube Screamer is serious gear used by professional musicians.
Here are some more Tube Screamer users you’d be interested to know about:
Jonathan Mark “Jonny” Buckland is the lead guitar player for Coldplay. He enjoys Fender guitars and looks like he’s also in love with the Ibanez TS9. He has a huge pedalboard, and the TS-9 is usually one of the first pedals in the chain.
If you’re wondering whether the Tube Screamers are still relevant nowadays, you should take a look at Spor’s gear. Jonathan Gooch is a modern dubstep and house producer and DJ. He uses a Ibanez TS9 as one of the main pedals in his chains.
“The Tube Screamer is a go-to pedal” – says Gary, an American guitarist and actor based in Austin, Texas. He’s well-known for his unique and innovative ways of playing Jazz and Blues.
“The more the better” – that’s what Jack thinks about the Tube Screamer. In one of the latest interviews, he revealed that he uses two Ibanez TS9 in his electric guitar pedalboard. Jack Johnson is a Hawaiian-born folk-rock singer and songwriter, known for his soft rock and acoustic songs.
Known as the lead guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist of the American alternative rock band Green Day, Billie Joe has captivated audiences with his killer riffs and fiery solos. A great part of his sharp guitar tone is the usage of Ibanez TS9.
The original 1981’s Tube Screamer is perfect as it is. It never gets old, and there’s simply no way to make it even better than it already is.
Stevie is nothing less than a rock legend. He revolutionized both rock and blues by fusion them together. He performed many shows with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and other stars. One of his favorite pedals was the Ibanez TS9.
Over the years, the Ibanez Tube Screamer “spawned” thousands of clones. Virtually every music gear manufacturer tried to re-create this pedal with some kind of tweak or modifications, but eventually, they all failed. Ever wonder why?
The reason is simple – Ibanez got it right. Three decades of experimentation, modifications, and failed attempts confirmed the fact that the original 1981 Tube Screamer is perfect as it is. It never gets old, and there’s simply no way to make it even better than it already is.
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