Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer Effects Pedal : Review

TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer

More flexible

It features the same circuit of the classic version, but with the addition of a Mode knob, that puts four ready to use settings at the user disposal. We will see successively the main characteristics of the four available options.

Controls

It provides the classic controls of an Overdrive, more, as we have said, a knob that allows the selection of four different settings. Certainly, the flexibility is guaranteed. The user can get always the desired sound. Everything is fast and easy.

  • Level
  • The general volume.

  • Drive
  • It adjusts the depth of the Overdrive. Turning it clockwise the pedal delivers more distortion and sustain.

  • Tone
  • The equalization. It operates on the treble. By increasing the value it creates a more brilliant and open tone.

Mode

Obviously, the most important control. The user can select one of the four modes for the distortion type. Let's see a short description of the available options.

  • Turbo
  • It produces a powerful distortion, suitable to modern Rock. My personal opinion is that it can be a good solution for the rhythmics. In this situation it produces a very pleasant warmth and a good attack. Harsh, but not too much. An interesting thing is that this option works rather well with the clean channel of the amp. Among the four available modes, this is one of my favourites.

  • Hot
  • Adding a great quantity of mids it creates a remarkable Crunch, really pleasant. It reproduces the atmosphere of a 4x12 cabinet.

  • +
  • It makes the sound grittier than the original. Perhaps, the less usable choice. It is rather particular, but the sensation, obviously according to my taste, is that it is never the thing that i look for. I play, firstly, Blues and Rock, and perhaps this setting isn't suitable to these genres.

  • TS9
  • The name explains everything. Exactly the original version, without modifications of no type.

General opinion

Well, my impression is absolutely positive. The overall quality is certainly remarkable. This pedal has the excellent characteristics of the normal version, more a good flexibility, thanks to the Mode knob. A weak point is that it isn't transparent. It always colors the guitar signal, and this can be a problem. Sometimes. The price of the TS9DX, about 100 euros, is excellent. Fundamentally, a very good Ibanez product.

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