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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / To Tube Scream or not to Tube Scream

pcalu

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Apr 7th, 2019 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's been years since I had a TS on my pedal board.

It's back on

Familiar, somewhat vintage tonality, sounds excellent in a band context, smooth etc

That mid hump thang just gels with my Fenders, especially with my 75 Twin which is finicky when it comes to OD pedals.

You either love them or hate'em.

Who uses a tube screamer and how do you use it?

(This message was last edited by pcalu at 01:57 PM, Apr 7th, 2019)

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Apr 7th, 2019 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I always have one on my pedal board. I use it to push my amps into break up. It doesnt matter which amp either. I use it for my drri , my 68 Princeton Custom and even my Marshall dsl40c on the crunch channel. Gives about as nice of a classic grind as you can find IMO.

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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Apr 7th, 2019 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have several including a vintage Tube Screamer. There is usually one TS808 based pedal on my boards. They are great for Fender BF and SF amps.

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Apr 7th, 2019 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

You know what; I've owned dozens of guitars, lots of amps, a few multi fx and currently own dozens of pedals, but I don't think I've *ever* played a Tubescreamer.

I think I might be missing out on something, although I do have a Fulldrive II and an OCD, which I think *might* be TS clones?



stinger22

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Apr 7th, 2019 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

30+ years without one, got the mini when it came out and in the rotation. Nice low level drive.

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Tone is in the lingers
Apr 8th, 2019 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've played through a few of the various models and they were not my cuppa tea, thus I've never owned one.

pcalu

usa Thumb area Mi

Apr 8th, 2019 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ayns wrote: "You know what; I've owned dozens of guitars, lots of amps, a few multi fx and currently own dozens of pedals, but I don't think I've *ever* played a Tubescreamer.

I think I might be missing out on something, although..."


I've found to get a Tube Screamer to sound great, there are a lot of plugins ya got to do. One has to have the right amp or a traditional ts808 or ts9 tube screamer sounds like garbage. If you're playing an amp that has pronounced mids like a Tweed, a tube screamer doesn't work. Or if your using a 12ay7 in V1 or V2 (very mid' ish) one will struggle with the pedal.

The classic Fender scooped tone stack or a Marshall tone stack (developed from Fenders) seem to be the best amps for a traditional tube screamer.

The idea is to play on the verge of break up, or full-on saturation, set the pedal at unity gain and usually only set the overdrive marginally (say a 1/4 to 1/2 way and no more)... what most don't understand is the tone knob basically mimics a guitars tone knob. One can struggle to dial in a Tube Screamer if something isn't compatible on the rig





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