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Tubescreamers! TS9 vs. TS9DX

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by Shades of Blue, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    South Carolina
    Hey guys, I am going to order a Tubescreamer today but don't know which one to get.

    First off, the TS808 is out of my price range, so I'm going to order a TS9. I like the fact that the TS9DX has some cool extra features, but I don't want to sacrifice any tone.

    Does anyone know if the TS9 and TS9DX will sound identical, or is the TS9DX tonally different?

  2. IvegotGAS

    IvegotGAS Senior Stratmaster

    May 13, 2010
    Some good info here;
    Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
    He's pushing his very popular mods but he still has some good comparison info.

    Just as an FYI I own an Ibanez/Maxon TS-9DX and love it.

  3. gonzo

    gonzo Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 4, 2009
    the Barber Direct Drive Super Sport, is referred to as 'the tube screamer killer'

    i've had one for 4 years now, after owning an original tube screamer, i'd have to agree with the nickname.

  4. Vintage59

    Vintage59 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Lost Angeles
    Don't know about that? I really like my Keeley TS808...

  5. srvwannab

    srvwannab Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 19, 2010
    Riviera Paradise

  6. gonzo

    gonzo Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 4, 2009
    that was MY experience.

    i DO know about that!

    if you're really into tube screamers, you owe it to yourself to find out.
    then if you don't agree, we'd just be at par for the course!

    you know how it is, everybody likes something else.

    but like i said, having owned an original tube screamer......

  7. dacop

    dacop Strat-Talker

    Aug 2, 2009
    New Jersey
    I owned the TS808 and the TS9. The TS9 is less warm and more bite then the TS808...but VERY slight. Very hard to tell between the two. Never played the TS9DX but I also have the Bad Monkey and Sparkle Drive. Both are also great and have great tone.

    In a side by side, the Sparkle Drive and the TS808 are the same exact pedel. But the Sparkle adds a nice feature in the "clean" control...nice blend. So if you really wanted that TS808, the Sparkle is the way to go if you want to save some bucks. Want to save even more?...get a Bad Monkey.

  8. Jawknee5

    Jawknee5 Strat-O-Master

    May 18, 2010
    Orange County, Californie
    I had a Ts-9 - and maybe im in the minority, but i hated the sound. I had it for a year, and i tried So hard to like it. It was thin, had no body, and not enough distortion, compared to other tubish distortion pedals. On top of that, it seemed like it sucked my tone when it was off..

    But i have heard that after a mod, they are one of the best distortion pedals out there.

  9. spencer57189

    spencer57189 Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 15, 2010
    everett wa
    i have the ts9dx. i played around with the ts9 before i bought it. the way i felt about it was the dx was it was a few extras for 10 more bucks. i think it was worth it. the lowest setting is identical to the ts9 or atleast so close i couldnt tell a difference. look at it this way. if you like the tube screamer sound your going to get it in either. but the dx has more options.

  10. pauljo1963

    pauljo1963 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 30, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    I gotta original Ibanez TS9 that i picked up for $20 new in 1982 roll the tone right off and you can get in as deep mud as you wish. Set amp to the setting you normally have/ feel most comfortable with. Same with your guitar, then play around with the level , tone and drive. Your ears will soon tell you what "your" sound is that you are looking for

  11. StratDad81

    StratDad81 Strat-O-Master

    May 14, 2010
    Uniontown, PA
    How about an SD-1 with a Monte Allums 808 Mod? For 60$ You can have a brand new pedal and have it turned in to an 808. If you get a nice used SD-1 you can probably do it for 40-45$.

  12. Paulbiz

    Paulbiz Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 30, 2009
    Northern, Virginia
    Reviving this old thread...Shades what pedal did you go with? I have a TS9dx and while I like it a lot Ive been thinking of looking for something else...maybe something more "creamy/blues" for lack of a better description. On the TS9dx I usually run it in the mode between "TS9" and "Hot" with the gain 90% up. Any other opinions good or bad on the TS9dx? Im running it through a Blues Jr and Marshall Class 5.

  13. Paulbiz

    Paulbiz Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 30, 2009
    Northern, Virginia
    Hey Gonzo in what way does the Barber "kill" the TS? Better tone, richer distortion? Details are appreciated. Thanks.

  14. Darryld1

    Darryld1 Strat-Talker

    Feb 15, 2011
    Alpha Centauri
    Ibanez TS9 is a cult. I seem to be reading in the comments that people either love or hate them and some of those who love them prefer to have Mods done.

    I have the TS9dx and a Blues Jr, as used and advised by Blues Guitar Lessons - StevieSnacks Blues Guitar Lessons (owner of earlier recommended 'comparinator'). Also check out the very lovely 'Gearmanndude' on Youtube and other side-by-side comparison videos.

    I bought the TS9dx instead of the TS9, because I wanted more versatility while discovering the tone I want. Not entirely disappointed by it but I really haven't properly bonded with it or how it affects my tone. I find it far too mid range/ flat/ thin and now that I have a Coloursound Powerboost, a RAT and an EMMA reeza, I don't think i'll need the TS9dx.

    The thing is, that I do think it's one of those pedals which in a few months or years i'll be glad of having around to use as a booster/driver pedal. Time will tell.

    Overall, if the dog ate my TS9dx, I wouldn't miss it. There are hundreds of options to choose from. Don't buy one just because others have them, buy one because it's what you need to make the sound you want.

  15. limbe

    limbe Strat-Talker

    Aug 7, 2010
    Stockholm Sweden
    I think SRV used his TS more as a booster than dist.It´s an OK pedal but all the hype that surrounds it is not.

  16. jguitarnash

    jguitarnash Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 20, 2009
    I have a keeley modded baked Made in Japan TS9 with true bypass up in the emporium/classifieds for less than the price of a TS808... :D

    TS9's and Tubescreamers are just such a unique pedal-people seem to LOVE THEM, or hate em!