Dating ibanez ts808 tube screamer

Dating ibanez ts808 tube screamer

Note the box has bar code info, this will not be found on the original boxes. These have silver labels, an original from would probably have had a black label.

These have silver labels an

They lose the sweet tone which is the reason to use a tube screamer, though it will sound good in a bedroom it may get very muddy on stage or recording with a band. Each position adds low end, increases volume, and actually decreases distortion. This is to help with the switching circuit and should not affect the sound. Also a capacitor was added to the back of the board the only component ever used on the back of a tube screamer board.

Note the box

There is also a ribbon cable inside which attaches the pot board to the main board. Also the tiny micro switches seem to be failing and we do not carry replacements.

They are a higher tech chip that will work good in higher tech equipment where you want a low noise op amp but are not the best for a tube screamer. Some late originals used the brown coated resistors also, so check the date codes on the electrolytic can capacitors. They also have true bypass and come in a cool box. There was a small loss in very high frequencies, but the sound was excellent and actually can be better when using very bright amps like my Deluxe Reverb.

But the boards are more fragile, so extreme care needs to be taken when modifying them. See below for more on dating the capacitors. If you need more drive, it is better to use another pedal either seperately or along with the tube screamer. But they should be fine, we have not had many problems with these, and the switches seem better than before. Ibanez is now having another company make them.

All the boards, connectors, and cables inside add a lot of complexity and there are many things to break. In order to make an Ibanez, Boss or other electronically- switched pedal true bypass, we need to drill a hole on top and mount a standard round metal stomp switch.

Some people are happy with these but most prefer the older ones. It looks fine except the color seems a bit off.