There were previous Ibanez pedals labeled ”overdrive”, but the TS-808 was the first time we saw this particular circuit.
And it’s also the first one to bear the ”Tube Screamer” name, so that’s where we start.
It is in decent shape with the scrapes of a used pedal of this age, still works great. Please help your favorite Ibanez guitar site as we endeavor to bring you the latest information about Ibanez custom vintage electric and acoustic guitars.
The serial # is #127760, has made in japan and inside the battery cover has MAXON ms-do1002 on it . I recently picked up a mint silver (non-reissue) for a very good price. mk Thank you for supporting Ibanez Collectors Forum.
And it is really hard to compete with this wizard indeed.
For many of us, the final evolution of the distortion pedal. In the beginning was the germanium English, then any buzzing silicon mosquitoes, followed by diode fueled distortion from the US, and last the Nippon diode op amp silicon complicated overdrive.
I bought it in 80 or 81 brand new (can't remember the precise year, though). It works great but I lost the battery cover and would like to get a replacement cover.
But it has become so rare and expensive that only rock star and collectors can touch their magic green.
But look carefully to this picture and find what is different from a ts9 layout. That is a lot for pedals that has been examined by experts a hundred times. As the electrons go through it, with or without battery it could be of some interest.2nd: these are not ts9 pots! And most of all, my opinion is now, after more than 40 years tinkering with pedals (I started at 13), that, like coffee, distortion boxes are more subject to chaos theory than the average phenomenon., This old style serial number will either be on the neck plate or impressed into the back of the headstock.There are many words that are used to describe adding grit to your guitar’s tone.I believe this is why original ts808 sound better than reissues & ts9, because they were differently made, wired, soldered, stocked, painted, drilled, etc let alone that their components are not exactly the same.TS-808 Overdrive Pro: the first Tube Screamer, introduced somewhere around 1979-1980 (I don’t have an exact date here).