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Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by The-Kid, Nov 6, 2019 at 12:41 PM.

  1. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well yeah the trouble is finding a proper replacement.

    This one was made back in the mid 90s by Maxon and relabeled Ibanez.

    Looking into replacements I considered the Maxon OD9 and Ibanez TS mini but overlooked the the fact that they werent buffer bypass like mine is and are true bypass.


    Never something I really considered but having a couple pedals in the chain a buffer output makes sure the pedals play together.

    Thankfully the Ibanez TS9 current production is still made with a buffer bypass and much the same the older ones were even though its no longer made by Maxon so I dont have to worry about the pedals not playing well together or mismatching ohms that cause splatter and oscilation.
     
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  2. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Senior Stratmaster

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    there are tens of thousands of Tube Screamers from the era out there. Buy one of them and remain happy!
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    For years i used a boss super overdrive with a jcm900. Never even thought about trying another overdrive. That same pedal sounded thin and almost nasal through my vox.
     
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    Get a new TS, pull the PCB out of your old one and stick it in the new pedal. It would give you new jacks, chassis, pots and your old tone. Where in SoCal are you? I'm im SoCal as well.

    How did you wear out the jacks on your TS? Do you use Monster brand cables by any chance?
     
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  5. Ash-Man

    Ash-Man Senior Stratmaster

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    We have bad habits as guitar players to pick favorites and just stick by them but as you have noticed with pedals especially dirt boxes, it all depends on what amp you're going into, between the classic boss and ibanez pedals you can pretty much always find something to work for ya, boutique pedals are cool but not required in my experience
     
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    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Just when I move the pedals around I moved them with out taking of the patch cables. The patch cables move caussing the screw and washer to become loose and giving room for the jacks to sink into the pedal and there is unproper grounding when this happens and it fades in and out and affects the whole signal chain.

    Just fixed l it by putting a plug in there and pulling the jacks out that way. I tightend the screws and jacks and no more issues now.


    Still ganna get a replacement sometime end year to stop adding so many miles to the old pedal.
     
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    Want to have some fun? See if you can find an old 808 with germanium resistors. Use the ts9 for boost and the 808 for breakup. Beautiful.
     
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    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    @Gary M.

    Also using MXR patch cables.


    They are great and not a part of the problem.

    The pedal is just old pushing what....30 years now.
     
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    GaryM Strat-Talker

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    Are germanium resistors anything like silicon capacitors? ;)
     
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    David Garner Senior Stratmaster

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    I use an OD9 and love it.
     
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    Yeah you know theres not a such a thing?

    Germanium diodes or carbon composition resistors. Tubescreamers never came with either
     
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    I'm all about high value and stacking overdrives as needed. The classic stacked OD config would be a TS9 into an OCD. My high value play for such a rig is to use a TC Electronic El Macambo into a Mooer Hustle Drive. I'm very happy with the El Macambo as a TS replacement -- I like the top loading config on the pedal as well. Here's a tone example with a LP SP I with P90s:
     
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    Got myself the Behringer clone TS (yeah, I know...) but am honestly happily surprised at how well it does the job. For 25€ it gives me the tone I want at the moment.
    Still kicking myself for having sold my TS9 20-something years ago.
     
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    Not my thing.
     
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    I use a Blues Driver for my base rhythm tone. Roll back vol cleans it up nicely. Push the BD with an 808 for lead. They play nice together.

    @abnormaltoy
    I’ve used this pedal set up through a: Marshall JCM2000, Peavey Classic 50, Blackstar ht club 40, Fender Bassbreaker 15, a Little Walter 20w, and a Kemper (Fender Deluxe Reverb profile) with favorable results through all of the amps - with a minor tweak here and there.

    Almost always a Strat or Tele as the signal source.
     
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    hey Kid. you need one of these pedal switcher/looper they are buffered and can use 8 pedals
     

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    Stap it.....


    I would if I had fewer pedals sure it sounds good through an amp but being true bypass and having a couple pedals in the chain the Buffered Ibanez TS9 is a better choice in my case.

    Even in off position in true bypass the OD9 will mess up the ohms in my chain. The TS9 Buffer bypass will make sure to rectify any mismatch in ohms.
     
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