What's the best PURE Tube Screamer clone?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by WienerDog, May 7, 2008.

  1. WienerDog

    WienerDog Supporting Member

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    By "pure," I mean 808 specs to the letter -- no mods, extra features, etc. (except for true bypass!).
     
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    I'd go for the Keeley modded TS-808, since it's the real thing with better sounding mods AND true bypass (big plus in my book, I like to pick my own buffers, thank you). Furthermore, Keeley's a great guy to do business with...

    Then again, I probably wouldn't buy one of those, since I love extra features and IMHO the sound of a pure TS is way too midrangy for my taste. I like the more open sounding clones, like the Eternity and the LDO. Fulltone's FD2 is nice, too.
     
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    I've had the Keeley and the Analogman and the AM wins. Silver mod is the best TS ever.
     
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    +1 on the AM Silver - also get the KWS option (indestructible)
     
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    I would go with Analogman's TS808 true vintage mod (which you can get with true bypass if wanted). According to his site he mods the reissue to the exact same specs as a really good sounding original. Way to get that classic tone and save a couple of hundred bucks.
     
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    If you want the purist closest to an original just get the Analogman Ibanez Reissue TS-808 with the True Vintage Mod. No pedal in the TS genre gas been able to kick that one off for me and I love the TS circuit based pedals. You can get it true bypass if you want, I didn't and you really don't need it with this pedal.
     
  8. rburkard

    rburkard Gold Supporting Member

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    Check out Maxon's products.
    Rene
     
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    +1!!
     
  10. eleanor296

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    a circuit's a circuit.
    What do you mean with mods?
    Different components or higher-grade components?
    I would (and did) put my BYOC Tubescreamer against a Maxon any day.
    Not to mention they're way cheaper ;-)
     
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    For exact specs try:

    Maxon OD's
    Analogman's modded TS's
    RetroSonic 808

    I also love the HBE Power Screamer. For me it takes all the good things about a screamer and makes them better. It still has the characteristic sound and mid hump, but is a bit fatter than a regular TS. Also heard great things about the Blues Devil - I have one on the way.
     
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    the only difference between an off the shelf generic ts-9 & a "super mojo 808" is 2 resistors & an opamp...
     
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    +1 on the Analogman Silver, it's the best IMHO.

    TheGrooveking
     
  15. donbarzini

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    It is a great pedal, I have one, however, it is not a "pure" TS-808 clone.
     
  16. jrkoosh

    jrkoosh Silver Supporting Member

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    while we are on this subject, is this statement correct?
    Is my Analogman modded SD-9 silver the same as a TS-9 when I keep the gain low? I have the internal mid trim pot too. I have this pedal when I occasionally want to kick the delay on and go for high gain sounding stuff. Wondering if I could use it for other purposes as well.
     

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