Starting with the TS-808, these little green monsters — known as 'tube screamers' — have been gracing the pedal boards of guitarists for more than 30 years.
Over the years, the shade of green and look of the pedal have morphed a bit, but the popularity has never waned and the Ibanez TS9 continues the trend.
I remember these pedals being quite popular back in the late ’70s. I think, though, that it was Stevie Ray Vaughan who played a pretty big role in the surge of the popularity of the Ibanez TS9. Eric Johnson was also a fan and known to use one to a large degree.
What’s amazing is that over all these years, and through all the reissues, the overall design has never really changed. This is most likely due to the fact that Ibanez had no reason to fix what was not broken. Many guitarists love the Tube Screamer, and many have loved it just the way it is.
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