Ibanez TS808HW Tube Screamer Effects Pedal : Review

TS808HW Tube Screamer

A special version

From beginners to advanced guitarists the TS808 is one of the most used overdrives so Ibanez has produced this hand-wired version. Controls are the same of all the models of the classic version. The difference is the circuitry. Ibanez provided, for this model, a JRC4558D chip and some high-end Japanese cables, MOGAMI OEC AWG21. The presence of the true bypass guarantees transparence when the effect isn't active. Well, now we can see the main characteristics of this pedal.

Input Impedance500K ohms
Output Impedance10K ohms
Maximum Output Level0 dBm
Maximum Gain+30 dB
Equivalent Input Noise-100 dBm (IHF-A)
Power SupplyOne 9 Volt Battery or external
AC adaptorAC-109
Size125 mm, 4.9" (D) x 70mm, 2.8" (W) x 52mm, 2" (H)
Weight500g, 1.2 lbs
  • Overdrive
  • Obviously, here the user can adjust the quantity of the effect.

  • Tone
  • Fundamentally, the equalization is the main difference with the standard model, obviously, we are speaking about the reissue. In the original model the equalization works mainly on the mids, while in this case it modifies the low frequencies. The difference is fundamental, and produces a much more warm Overdrive.

  • Level
  • The volume.

General opinion

The TS808HW cannot be considered, certainly, a cheap device, but it doesn't disappoint. The TS808 is an excellent product, but this special version is really the top. This is a great Overdrive, with its character and a delightful sound. Warm, full and smooth. If we want we can consider it a modded model, directly by Ibanez. It adds to the qualities of the standard version many other important characteristics, such as a remarkable transparence, thanks to the true bypass, a full respect of the original guitar signal, and a greater presence of low frequencies. As regards the price, 380 euros, it is remarkable, certainly, but this is a great product. In my opinion, the definitive Overdrive.

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