TS-9 vs. TS-808

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Gravelrocks, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Gravelrocks

    Gravelrocks Member

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    Is there any difference in tone between an Ibanez TS-9 that has been modded by Analogman, and a TS-808 that is bought directly from Analogman? Or are they the same pedal?
     
  2. JohnRegular

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    In all honesty, I can't tell too much of a difference between a TS9, TS808 or TS7. But on these forums they're worlds apart.
     
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    his modifications do result in a sound change generally regarded as for the better. he made my bd-2 into a nice useable pedal. i think ts-9 and 808 sound really similar just different output section
     
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    So you own both? I'm sure they're not worlds apart, but is there a noticable difference?
     
  5. Fubba

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    TS9 is harsher, but you really have to wind it up and A/B it to hear the difference.
     
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    ive read that the 808 has a more pronounced mid hump. i havent spent a lot of time with a ts9 in order to confirm, but thats what ive read. both cut bass
     
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    His modded ts-9 to 808 specs sound pretty much the same to me. I believe it's cheaper to get a modded ts-9 than the reissue 808.

    Make sure to use a carbon battery for best tone

    plexi
     
  8. Heady Jam Fan

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    I think it is the opposite - the 9 has more midrange. I suspect AM's 808 mod is very comparable to an 808 RI, though people will argue that a vintage 808 sounds better than a modern 808 (same with the 9's), and this is reflected in the used price sale. It really comes down to personal preference, for a recently made pedal (after original TS's), I would go with his Silver option, which I have two of. A few TS9 geeks like myself have urged me to try a vintage original so I might pick one up. The extra mids in the 9 might make it more effective for lead respectively, which is what I would use for lead and a silver/808 for a cleaner one.
     
  9. Bufferz

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    take any ts9 and make it an 808 =

    Desolder resistor (470 ohm) R55 and put in a 100 ohm resistor​
    Desolder resistor (100k) R58 and put in a 10k resistor

    perhaps a ic change as well.
     
  10. Frosted Glass

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    They're the same pedal, built on the same circuitboard. The TS-9 is a TS-808 with 2 different resistor values in the output secition that make it a bit brighter and slightly less smooth. I wouldn't get hung up on the differences. I cringe whenever I read on forums people saying things like they sound "worlds apart" or whatever other cliche people tend to use.

    A greater tonal difference in these circuits is symmetrical clipping (tubescreamer) versus asymmetric (Boss SD-1; Fulldrive). I personally like my orange FD2 better than the 82 TS-9 I had before it, and reckon it's the asymmetric clipping I prefer.
     

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