Dating ibanez tube screamer
Jacques Stompboxes ts808 page Personal history In the early ‘70s there were no such things as an overdrive pedal.
When we talk about choice of good guitar tones , it usually went from Fender twin clean to fuzz face in a Marshall amp, while these options were way too expensive for teenagers.
Even in our favourite records , that creamy tone we all know and like now, was totally absent .
Of course, it was always possible to roll-off our guitar volume knob when engaged in a fuzz pedal to obtain something more coherent for rhythm—and then of course go full volume for fire-breathing solo.
Collector-wise : is it right to spend so much money on an original ts808 ?
Then again it’s an easy YES : the price of vintage original have raised permanently though the years with no limit yet.
Believe me at that time opamps were close to the electronics state-of-the-art , and while two diodes head-to-tail was not really new, the arrangement was ground-breaking.
From this mythical times , I have been working on my own version, leading me to the fierce Overtube.
So whenever you find one at a price you would agree, just buy it.
But when market went crazy on prices , Ibanez made these pedals again and confusion started .
Well the outside look is kind of a give away : most of the original tubescreamers have been played A LOT and therefore display the wonderful patina of time.
But the original green Grail have been cherished all these years, and still part of my pedal collection at the best place.
Dating an original ts808 For a long time, that question was utterly useless : there were only originals , they were cheap, and the reissue trend was not yet even on my mind of marketing executives : they only changed the models and the pedal became ts9, ts10 ts5 and ts7 .