The Ibanez Tube Screamer 808: An Overdrive Legend

Posted on 29th November 2018 by

One of the world’s most popular distortion pedals is the Ibanez Tube Screamer. Since the late 70s, it has appeared in thousands of pedalboards and on huge numbers of hit singles and popular records. And, even now, over 40-years since the first box was opened, this little green pedal continues to inspire new generations of guitarists…

Perhaps the most notable of these players was the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan. Before the guitarist’s death in 1990, he was rarely seen performing without one. So synonymous is SRV and the Ibanez Tube Screamer that he almost single handily propelled the overdrive into fame and popularity.

Tube Screamer Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Pedalboard, Including His Tube Screamer

From then on, countless popular musicians have invested in its unique qualities. Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon enjoyed a great deal of success with the Ibanez Tube Screamer 9 model. As did Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Green Day’s Billie Joel Armstrong. The Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner used the TS808, along with Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer and Eric Johnson.

Why You Want One

The beauty lies in its ability to transform bad sounds. The 70s saw a rise in popularity of solid-state amps, which lacked warmth and tone of valve amplifiers. The Tube Screamer addressed this, mixing the clean signal with the amp’s overdriven sound while preserving the original dynamic, which would otherwise end up lost. This guaranteed solution meant the Tube Screamer became a lifeline for guitarists everywhere.

These days the Tube Screamer is possibly the most copied pedal of all overdrive pedals. But, why have an imitation when you can have the real thing?

The Ibanez Tube Screamer 808

Order the Ibanez TS 808 here!

Ibanez TS808 Topdown

Get your hands on Ibanez’s faithful reissue of the TS808. It features the same circuitry and chip as the original, so there’s no need to break the bank to get this iconic pedal. In fact, our warehouse loaded with them, so get in touch now for the best price available.

Main Features

  • Features Simple Controls So You Can Sound Awesome In No Time
  • Faithfully Recreates The Original Design And Circuitry For A Genuine Product
  • Built using Zine Die Cast Housing To Ensure A Long Life In Your Pedalboard
  • Lets You Easily Forge Your Own Unique Overdrive Sounds
  • Delivers A Warm And Natural Tube-amp Overdrive Tone
  • Vastly Improves A Low-Quality Amp Sounds


  • Overdrive: Decide how much distortion you want. Take it all the way to get lots or keep it low to boost and clean up your original signal
  • Tone:  Adjust the high-frequency profile and adjust the sound to please your own ear. Mellow out your tone or give it extra bite during guitar solos
  • Level: Control the overall mix of these signals

Order the Ibanez TS 808 here!

So, there you have it. The world’s most popular overdrive is available to buy from Rich Tone for the best price around. Order from us so you don’t have to break the bank getting hold of a piece of history. And, for this price, you can start building your own legacy. How soon is up to you. Take advantage of our next day delivery service and it’ll be as soon as tomorrow!


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