I have always had a bit of an obsession with the Ibanez Tubescreamer, in particular the TS808 model. I am a massive Stevie Ray Vaughn fan, which is where this obsession began.
In my time as an effects pedal nerd I have bought more overdrive pedals than any other type of pedal including Ibanez TS9 and TS808 tubescreamer models, which I bought and later sold….. Why I will never know.
It’s this quest to find an overdriven tone that I’m happy with that pushed me towards buying an Ibanez TS808 Tubescreamer clone from ‘Gojira pedals’. I came across Gojira when searching for guitar pedal business around the world that made pedal clones as well as there own models. Gojira are based in Ayrshire, Scotland and have a nice range of pedals, some of them producing some pretty crazy sounds, go check them out on Facebook.
Every electric guitarist should own at least one type of Tubescreamer pedal, it’s said that they’re most cloned guitar pedal going and a good choice for any board or collection.
So what can I say about this particular pedal?
Firstly I have tried many tubescreamers both TS808 and TS9’s and famous clones including the Digitech Bad Monkey, Joyo vintage drive and Mooer green mile, and I have to say this is its about as close as it gets to the real thing and at a fraction of the price.
Just like the original pedal there are just three knobs, overdrive, tone and volume, so it’s not rocket science to use and pretty easy to dial in a sound you like.
I have mainly used it with the drive set low and volume high to give me a slight boost and extra crunch on a clean channel. As you can see my TS808 has custom art work which is a brilliant touch, it definitely allows you to put your stamp on the pedal and is a little bit of a novelty, as a kid and now I loved Batman and in particular the Joker character, so I jumped at the chance to have this character taking the place of the face in the famous scream painting. The design is great and the finish is extremely smooth.
Overall this pedal is pretty incredible and will be making a home on the current board I am putting together.
It will feature a switcher made by ‘Disaster Area Amps’ from the US and a custom made board by the brilliant ‘Sgt Pepper Pedal Boards’ based in the UK. Make sure you check all these guys out, there are so many brilliant small companies out there with great products to help you achieve the set up and sound you like.
In the coming weeks I will put together a demo of this TS808 so you can hear what I’m talking about. I also have fuzz on the way from them, which I’m looking forward to trying out.
Happy Strumming folks 🙂