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Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Mickey_C, Jul 15, 2005.
Anybody compared the TS808 maxon to the ibanez RI?
I have not actually compared the two side by side though I've tried both and found them to be roughly the same.
According to Robert Keeley Maxon makes the circuit board for both units and they are essentially the same circuit board. Both use selected JRC 4558 ICs. I think the differences are cosmetic only. Not certain on this though.
The Maxon is true bypass, point Maxon.
The TS808 looks very cool, point Ibanez.
Winner, a Modded Maxon OD9 cause it has true bypass!! :moon
Both sound the same and have that ugly mid range hump!
Have either one Silver modded by Analog Man, you'll love it!
I have A/B'd all the Tube Screamers, none of them stand up to their modified siblings....
I had a Maxon OD808 and it was not true bypass.
What a dumbass, I was thinking of the OD9 (the one I want) and not the TS808! I have not played an unmodded TS808 by Maxon.
Sorry, carry on!!
off topic, but any recommendations for a Tubescreamer-style OD without the infamous mid bump? I love my modded Maxon but could do without the extra mids sometimes.
That would be the Fulltone Fulldrive 2 with the Flat Mids. The newer ones allow you to switch between circuits so you can have a flat mids and mid-hump sound in one box.
It's not an exact clone of the TS sound but very close.
I have both the OD-808 (maxon) and the TS-808 RI (ibanez) and they are 99.9% identical in the sound...
Maxon to me is a lil raunchier and more boxy. the Ibanez is smoother and creamier, which is my preference.
How can you say these pedals have a ugly mid hump? It might be a mid hump but it is not ugly at all.. These pedals would not be as popular as they are if they were ugly sounding. Some of the best overdriven tone come from the Tube Screamer into a Black Face Fender amp!
When it comes to tone there's no right or wrong....only differences of opinion. One man's "ugly mid hump" is another man's "holy grail tone". The basic TS sound is what it is....and it subjectively works better with some rigs & players than others. No crime in that. If you like a Ford, why buy a Chevy?
I've had both the Maxon was harsh sounding and not smooth whereas the 808ri sounds smooth & creamy. Also the maxon not only has a mid bump but a low end roll off that is MUCH more pronounced than my 808ri.