What? Ibanez and Vemuram making a pedal together? yes! And it is a great one. The Ibanez TS808 needs no introduction; it is perhaps the most iconic overdrive pedal out there, next to the Ibanez TS9. The collaboration between Ibanez and Vemuram set the goal of creating a better, or should we say the best TS808 ever.
Vintage original TS808 circuit consists of 4 stages: buffer -> overdrive -> tone -> buffer. The Ibanez TSV808 on the other hand consists of only 3 stages: overdrive -> tone -> +7dB gain boost. The result is a pedal that delivers both the unmistaken mid range tone of the original Ibanez TS808, with the clarity and openness of the Vemuram Jen Ray.
The Ibanez TSV808 Vemuram Tube Screamer has 2 trim pots on its back, allowing you to shape the behaviour of your bass and saturation. When set to 50% (noon) you’re in the classic TS808 territory, from there it is a journey worth taking. Inside the pedal you will find dip switches for switching between asymmetrical and symmetrical clipping. Lots of tone options on that pedal.
Some swear by the original Ibanez TS808, some won’t rest until they get an Ibanez TSV808. Both trade for more or less the same sum of money. Which one is better? Only your ears can tell.
|Manufacturer Part Number||TSV808|
|Jacks mounted on||Sides|
|Weight (in kg)||0.43|
|Width (in cm)||7|
|Height (in cm)||5.6|
|Depth (in cm)||12|