My old Ibanez TS10 is sounding great!

oxtone

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Guys,

Am re-visiting my old Ibanez TS10, and it is sounding great! Love the tones from it
with my Strat, and my PRS Santana SE with Lollar Low Wind Imperials.

I can't believe I let it sit on the shelf all these years, while spending thousands of dollars on new boutique OD pedals! I've had a Keeley moded TS-808, and still have the TS Mini.
Does anyone know what year(s) these were made? Can't tell from mine.

Is anyone using the TS10 right now? If so, how do you like it? I see John Mayer has one on his new pedalboard. Hey if it's good enough for John, then...:)
 

Masa

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TS10 was my first pedal. I bought it in 1986. I used it for about 10 years. In the early 90s, it was the only pedal I used for gigs.

I still have it, but I haven't used it for 20 years. I haven't used any OD pedal (for that matter), since I discovered a treble booster. OD pedals just don't clean up like treble boosters.
 

Steve73

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I still gig mine, even after a couple fighting bar patrons fell on my pedalboard and broke a couple knobs off it, haha. Just the knobs, not the shaft thankfully (giggity). I alternate it with a garden variety TS9 depending on the amp. The TS10 is a bit more compressed than the TS9 (in a good way) so it is just a bit different.
 
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I think the Maxon OD9 can be used to coldcock someone in a bar fight,

and would even sound better afterwards because of the new added mojo

and a new notch would be addd to it's case


I still gig mine, even after a couple fighting bar patrons fell on my pedalboard and broke a couple knobs off it, haha. Just the knobs, not the shaft thankfully (giggity). I alternate it with a garden variety TS9 depending on the amp. The TS10 is a bit more compressed than the TS9 (in a good way) so it is just a bit different.
 

Funky54

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I used one for about 15 years to drive a Super Reverb. Great pedal. I sold it for way more than I thought I would about 3 years ago.
 

woof*

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I have owned several. The weak point is the on/off switch, in fact the current one is beginning to fail.
They are a little bit more compressed that the other tubescreamers.
 

Gaheba

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I used to have a TS-10, bought it used, and it wasn't it great condition. Probably the best sounding TS I ever owned. However, while the average TS is built like a proper steel tank, the TS-10 was built like one of those plastic tank kits that 10 year old boys glue together and smash to bits in the sandpit. I pawned mine to pay the rent and before it failed on me completely. The jacks were crap. Still, I did really like it. I miss it sometimes.
 

btjguitarman

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Man I bought one of these back around 2001 for like $35 at Daddy’s Junky Music in MA and sold it a couple years later for I believe $30. Should have held on to it...
 

oxtone

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Thanks for all your replies! Will see how the TS10 sounds at my next gig. Yea, it's too bad it was cheaply built - mine
is in good shape, but the cheap, plastic switch could be better. Also don't like the placement of the 9 volt tap
right next to the Input jack. Makes for using my pancake end cables next to it very difficult. They should have put the tap
in the center of the front - duh!
 

btjguitarman

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Good times at Daddy's Junky Music, rock solid local chain.. RIP Daddy's
I bought a lotttttt of stuff from them back in high school and college. My local one was notorious for having used gear that may or may not have been stolen.
 

gripweed

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That whole 10 series had some seriously good sounding pedals. I bought my ts10 brand new in the 80s and then picked up a Fat Cat and a Mostortion in the early 2000s when they were cheap and easy to get.
 

oxtone

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Guys - on Saturday, I played at a backyard jam/party, into my friend John Metz's hand-made tube amp, and used the TS10 through it, which sounded GREAT! His cab had a EVM12L in it, and it sounded HUGE!
 

FreedomsSound

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I had my TS10 rehoused, and it’s IMHO the best tubescreamer I’ve ever played. Does all the SRV/Mayer stuff, but I actually use it more for Roots and Americana tones. Does a killer jazz/blues tone also. It has a pleasant singing quality to it that I haven’t experienced in others. Very smooth.
 

DonP

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My TS-10 was underutilized for 30+ years until about 6 months ago. I bought it by accident (George Lynch said he used a TS, I didn't find out until later it was an 808) Still in mint shape.

I bought a mod'ed TS9 a couple of weeks ago for a spare, but I like the good old TS-10 the best.
 




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