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Four Tube Screamers Compared, plus Klon Centaur & Boss BD-2

Published on Jul 1, 2016

In this video Daniel and Mick take an overview of the fabled Ibanez Tube Screamer, comparing a handful of classic models.

Tube Screamers have been used by a huge range of guitarists, spanning blues to rock to metal and plenty more besides. They work very well in certain situations, less well in others – topics that we touch on during the video.

The pedals today are:

• Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer (Keeley MOD+, non true bypass) - no longer made

• Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
UK & Europe:

• Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Screamer
UK & Europe:

• Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini
UK & Europe:

• Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive (silver, original edition)

• Boss BD-2 Blues Driver (Keeley mod) - no longer made, links to the BD-2W
UK & Europe:

Amps today are a Fender Super Reverb (4x10-inch Jensen alnico speakers), and a Hamstead Artist 20+RT through a 1x12 cabinet with a Celestion Alnico Blue speaker.
UK & Europe:

Interesting bits and go-to sections…

• Fender Super Reverb, no pedals: 1:55
• TS808 intro and example: 2:28
• TS808 & TS9 comparison: 5:39
• TS9DX & TS9 comparison: 7:00
• TS9DX different modes: 7:57
• Telecaster and the TS9DX: 10:35
• Mini and 808 comparison: 12:15
• Mini and 808 max gain: 13:45
• Mini and TS9 max gain: 15:10
• Using a gainer amp: 17:18
• Comparison with Klon Centaur: 22:33
• 808 boosted by Klon: 23:40
• Comparison with Boss BD-2 Blues Driver: 25:39
• Les Paul, Hamstead, Mini Tube Screamer: 28:25
• Les Paul, Hamstead, Boss BD-2: 29:40
• Both amps with 808: 30:59

Daniel is playing a Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster and Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard. Mick is playing a Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster.

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