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Ibanez guitars began their story with Hoshino Gakki, a music products and manuscript manufacturer, in Nagoya, Japan, in 1908. Hoshino Gakki imported high-end classical guitars from renowned builder Salvador Ibáñez in the late 1920s and began making their own guitars by the 1930s, adopting the name Ibanez. When rock n’ roll steered markets toward electric models, the company began to make budget guitars designed for export.

Already established on the American market, they switched their business model from cheap original designs to high-quality replica models of already established Fenders, Gibsons and other iconic American brands. This eventually resulted in a lawsuit from Gibson, which was settled 1978.

Their bold approach found it’s creative outlet in maintaining this level of craft with their own designs. Their guitars had already gained the attention of many high-profile artists in models such as the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and the Artist model, Kiss’ Paul Stanley and the Iceman and George Benson’s signature models.
Tailoring designs to artist’s needs would prove to be a definitive strength as the 80s and guitar-driven music rolled in. Their Saber (S series) and Roadstar (RG series) featured high-output pickups, floating double-locking trems, thin necks and deep cutaways. Guitar legends at the time such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Pat Metheny were allowed to spec their own tailor-made models, which made Ibanez stand out as the leading artist-driven manufacturer at the time.
With the rise of Nu-Metal in the 2000's they began to re-develop their 7, 8 and 9 string models, popularized by groups like KoRn and Limp Bizkit at the time and opened up yet another whole new market of young shredders.
Today they have many aspects of the market covered with these innovations, alongside a reputation with models such as the Artcore and Artstar, AS and AF series as competitors in the traditional guitar and bass markets. Ibanez’s adaptability and artist-driven approach has enabled them to grow and diversify the guitar market for decades like few other brands.
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Ibanez Nu Tubescreamer
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A classic Overdrive gets refined for the 21st century. The Nutube Tubescreamer is basically a standard TS808 with inverted colors and the addition of the tiny, vacuum Nutube. It sounds organic and amp-like, offering exceptional dynamics. Like you'd expect it from a Tubescreamer, it tightens up the bottom end with a pleasant amount of compression. Besides the initial set of controls they've added a Mix knob to go from clean (CL) to overdrive (OD).  This is a well though-out addition to the pedal since most players use the Tubescreamer either as a Clean or as a Solo boost. This Mix knob enables you to further shape the character of the pedal to your specific use.The NTS has relay true-bypass switching, is all-analog and can be powered with 9 volt battery or 9-18 volts power supply where 18 volts deliver more headroom and gain.Follow your instincts and listen for yourself in the TonePedia Player!

Ibanez TS9 (1981)
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Are original run of Tubescreamers still the best? There are a few things in life which can divide friends and families. Politics, religion and yes ... Tube screamer chips.So if you're reading this you most likely know what the tube screamer is but to be safe, it's a low gain overdrive pedal which rolls off some low end and has a very specific mid frequency bump. Using our demo turn the gain down low, set the tone at noon and switch the pedal on and off to hear this fairly change fairly clearly.Throughout the years the Tubescreamer has gone through many many changes, six main models 808, TS-9, TS-10, TS-7 and the TS-5 and most of these had model variations such as the TS-9DX Turbo TubeScreamer for example. From these the TS-808, TS-9 and more recently the TS-10 have become the mainstays on many guitars boards however the internal designs of the TS-808 and in TS-9 are what causes discussion. It simply comes down to the components used, the OPamp chip sets used in pedals aren't made FOR pedals in fact they're used in many products throughout the world. eventually new chip sets come along which does the job better for the majority of products so they are discontinued or made in such small quantities that they become prohibitively expensive. Companies change the chips for something close and people often prefer the original sound of the original chip set. This means the early Tubescreamers with certain chips are coveted, rare and can be fairly expensive. Fear not though Tonepedia user as we have gone ahead and sourced some of the rarest pedals on earth including many Tubescreamers with different Chip sets for you to try such as the quintessential JRC4558D and JRC2043DD chips found in the crossover from 808's to TS-9 in the early 1980's. The JRC4558D is THE holy grail for most TS-9 fans who claim it has a slightly more pronounced mid range and causes the clipping have just the right amount of edge.The JRC2043DD is claimed to give a little slight lower mid to bass push and a very slight notch in the low treble regions.We also have a Malaysian chip 4558P TS-808 for you to compare with other tubescreamers including modern 808's. This chip is claimed to have a softer touch and causes an overall lower sounding pedal.For the sake of balance, there are many who claim components other than the opamp chips cause some of these artifacts and now YOU TOO can become an"expert" on the tones of tubescreamers by comparing them all here. So enjoy and let us know what your think. 

Ibanez RG1121PB
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6 String Aerial View of Paradise There’s some speculation over what RG stands for on Ibanez’s guitars, on the RG1121PB we’d suggest “Really Good” because … well, it is. As part of their premium range Ibanez have gone the extra mile to provide amazing looking, playing and sounding instruments while still at a fairly decent price point. Lets face it, we’ve all seen guitars with a lot less spec going for a lot lot more. So let's look at the spec. First up we have to discuss the appearance which is striking without being garish, a poplar burl top in ocean blue with a sandy white centre instantly reminds us of a paradise island. Why isn’t this a standard in all guitar ranges, it simply makes people smile. The contrasting Ebony fretboard leads up to the blue colour matched headstock. Flipping the guitar over we find an 11 (yes ELEVEN) piece neck! Comprising a mixture of Maple, walnut and purpleheart woods, simply stunning! Featuring two passive DiMarzio pickups, a wizard profile neck, gold plated hardware including the jumbo frets, the choice of with or without trem and even Gotoh locking tuners this guitar is made for people who want to look good and play great. Not a guitar for the conservative play but if you want to show off in style (or beach shorts and sunglasses) then this is for you! 

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
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An all-time classic. There's no doubt about it, the Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer is one of the, if not the most popular guitar overdrive out there. Guitar players such as Stevie Ray Vaughan used it as the TS9 really let's the sound and feel of the guitarist come through. It is one of the most copied pedals and was used as a basic circuit for many later pedals.Plugging it in makes you feel as if you went back in time. It sounds like old favourite records. This mid boost is really prominent and perfect for rock and blues as it cuts through the mix, yet keeping your initial guitar tone right there.The Tube Screamer went through many variations. It started in the late 70's as the TS-808 Overdrive Pro, then in early 80's the first TS9 was produced and some more variations came after. Nevertheless, the Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer remains the original - a must have!

Ibanez TS808 narrow box (1979)
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What Is and What Was  Briefly before the TS-9's and TS-808's we are familiar with, came a prelude. Since these now cost thousands of which ever currency you use, they are not an everyday item so at a glimpse you'd be forgiven for mistaking this as an early 80's 808 but look a little closer and the differences are fairly striking. The first and most obvious difference is the overall width, yes that's right ... the 808 narrow is, well narrower than the standard 808 ... who would've thought! There is however much more, for example the battery compartment is only accessible via removing the back of the enclosure (like an MXR pedal) whereas later models have a plastic covered hatch. The DC input is on the side next to the input jack and the volume knob on many is labelled "Balance".Internally there were slight differences of the circuit including two 1458 chips used as an early basic dual op amp, others use the sort after (yet more common) 4558 type chips. Interestingly some had the Malaysian Texas Instruments RC4558P chip instead of the normal Japanese JRC4558 chip. We'd like to acknowledge the Analogman & Tonehome websites for filling in some of the gaps on this ultra rare pedal! Compare the TS808 Narrow to other vintage TS808s and TS9s we have tonecaptured to see which tubescreamer fan you really are!

Ibanez TS808 (1981)
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Not just rare, you could call this blue! The TS-808 established itself back in the late 70's and since then the tube screamer has become one of the (if not THE) most popular pedals of all time. Many people claim to be experts about what makes the early tubescreamers authentic and better than those which came later. There is a simple truth, the original designs had a multitude of component changes during their runs because on the scale of things the number of chipsets Ibanez and Maxon were using was tiny compared to the major electronics manufacturers and therefore they took what was on offer/available at the time. The original designs called for a 4558 chip but didn't specifically state which 4558!Most commonly the JRC4558D is regarded as THE tubescreamer chip, these chips were seen in other pedals of course including certain Boss pedals. A chip which gets us nerds pretty excited is the TL4558P ... can you feel the mojo .. . .This chip has been well regarded by those who have been lucky enough experience it, they are super rare and therefore also super expensive. It's worth noting that legendary pedal builder Analogman uses these chips in his tuberscreamer mods (when he can get them), its suggested they're a little bit cleaner and more open sounding. It's up to you to decide so here we've tonecaptured one of the rarest tubescreamers ever, let us know what you think! 

Ibanez TS9 (1982)
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Are original run of Tubescreamers still the best? There are a few things in life which can divide friends and families. Politics, religion and yes ... Tube screamer chips.So if you're reading this you most likely know what the tube screamer is but to be safe, it's a low gain overdrive pedal which rolls off some low end and has a very specific mid frequency bump. Using our demo turn the gain down low, set the tone at noon and switch the pedal on and off to hear this fairly change fairly clearly.Throughout the years the Tubescreamer has gone through many many changes, six main models 808, TS-9, TS-10, TS-7 and the TS-5 and most of these had model variations such as the TS-9DX Turbo TubeScreamer for example. From these the TS-808, TS-9 and more recently the TS-10 have become the mainstays on many guitars boards however the internal designs of the TS-808 and in TS-9 are what causes discussion. It simply comes down to the components used, the OPamp chip sets used in pedals aren't made FOR pedals in fact they're used in many products throughout the world. eventually new chip sets come along which does the job better for the majority of products so they are discontinued or made in such small quantities that they become prohibitively expensive. Companies change the chips for something close and people often prefer the original sound of the original chip set. This means the early Tubescreamers with certain chips are coveted, rare and can be fairly expensive. Fear not though Tonepedia user as we have gone ahead and sourced some of the rarest pedals on earth including many Tubescreamers with different Chip sets for you to try such as the quintessential JRC4558D and JRC2043DD chips found in the crossover from 808's to TS-9 in the early 1980's. The JRC4558D is THE holy grail for most TS-9 fans who claim it has a slightly more pronounced mid range and causes the clipping have just the right amount of edge.The JRC2043DD is claimed to give a little slight lower mid to bass push and a very slight notch in the low treble regions.We also have a Malaysian chip 4558P TS-808 for you to compare with other tubescreamers including modern 808's. This chip is claimed to have a softer touch and causes an overall lower sounding pedal.For the sake of balance, there are many who claim components other than the opamp chips cause some of these artifacts and now YOU TOO can become an"expert" on the tones of tubescreamers by comparing them all here. So enjoy and let us know what your think. 

Ibanez TM302
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The Ibanez Talman TM302 is a perfect starter's guitar and more! Getting around with the TM302 is pretty much a straight forward thing. Double cutaway Alder body, 2 passive custom vintage single coil pickups and a standard 3-way switch will get you all that you need. Thanks to the comfortable neck shape and classic, no hassle 3-way pickup configuration, we found the Ibanez TM302 a great candidate for those who make their way into the guitar world and want to start/move playing the electric guitar. It's not a heavy guitar, but has the right weight, so playing using a strap is quite nice actually and the medium fret size makes it easy to fiddle around with string bending and more complex chords.Sound wise it's more than we hoped for, check out the demos.

Ibanez AD Mini
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Quality analog delay for the small board. The Ibanez AD Mini / Analog Delay Mini pedal delivers quality analog delay tone in a small unit which will fit onto almost every pedalboard on earth - yes, even if it's really cramped.The Ibanez AD Mini offers a delay time range from 20ms to 600ms. Dial it to a short delay time to get slapback delay, or to a longer time to get that space delay sound. The signal path is 100% analog, and true-bypass switching completely takes the effect out of your guitar's signal path when disengaged.Fiddling with the blend and feedback knobs on stage can be tricky, due to their size, but the most important knob, the time knob, is a standard sized one which is comfortable to tweak around.To sum it up, the Ibanez AD Mini / Analog Delay Mini is small, neat and a great addition to your low-in-space pedal board.

Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer
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TS-808 ... where everything began. These days, we guitarists have an unprecedented variety of effect pedals to choose from - basically every unit you can image is somewhere out there. But still you can spot this bright green pedal on so many pedalboards wherever you look and that is for a really good reason!The legendary Ibanez TS-808 is around since the late 70's and has become, thanks to the characteristic midrange presence and the way it interacts with a tube amp's preamp, a favorite of so many guitar players around the globe. While preserving the characteristics of the guitar and amp, it adds sustain, edge, harmonic liveliness and a tightness to the bottom end that guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan desired from the first moment on.The current TS-808 is faithful reproduction of the original with the same JRC4558D IC chip and an analog circuitry.

Ibanez RG421HPAM
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Unbelievable Value Is Understating It RG's are undoubtedly as much a staple of the guitar world as strats and les pauls, serving players from beginner level all the way to virtuoso’s who in turn inspire whole new generations of players. Like all good guitar companies Ibanez have continually updated the RG specs to accommodate growing payers needs and the world around us. The RG421HPAM features many of these upgrades.The body is Nyatoh, used as a responsible alternative to traditional mahogany yet almost indistinguishable in appearance and tone. The top is Ash wood grain which looks simply amazing, that grain pops out in such a pleasing way. Another high end addition to this guitar is a roasted maple neck which many pro-players are adopting today due to the ease of playing and tactful feel, this comes in a wizard 3 neck shape tuned for fast playing. The 24 fret fingerboard adorning this beautiful neck is also Maple which blends in a pleasing way with the Ash top and gives a little snap to the tone. Down to the hardware, we have two DiMarzio’s, an Air Norton™ in the neck and The Tone Zone® in the bridge position. Both pickups can be coil tapped via a switch on the front body giving 6 possible pickup configurations, enough for even the most demanding of players.Sound wise you will hear elements of classic Gibsons and Fenders but the combination is something new which Ibanez have crafted. Considering a guitar like this will excel at anything from jazz to shred metal and everything in between it's very safe to say guitarists have the world at their fingertips in today's market.

Ibanez AMV10A
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The Artcore Vintage AMV10A has sound and looks one can hardly expect to get at such price point. The demand for relic guitars is constantly growing, musicians want guitars that sound a look rock 'n' roll (and who can blame them). The thing is, good relic takes time and raises the price of the instrument. Ibanez has been innovative forever and came again to the rescue with the Artcore Vintage Series. The AMV10A comes in a beautiful, nicely relic'd tobacco burst low gloss finish and worn hardware which gives the guitar a well played guitar look. The sound is no different, the Ibanez AMV10A fits Jazz, Rock and just about any style you would like to play thanks to the fat sounding Custom Elite pickups. We also appreciate the Quik Change III tailpiece Ibanez equip the AMV10A with, as it is both good looking and makes string changing as easy as it gets.

Ibanez S671ALB
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The Colourful Shred MachineAt first Glance Ibanez's S671ALB looks similar to many of the company's new offerings. The classy blue variation, matched headstock H-S-H super strat. Dig a little deeper however and some key features start to pop out, that's an ebony fingerboard for instance, those are Fishman Fluence pickups with a second voicing accessible by the push pull pot, 5 ply binding around the body and a bound 5 piece neck. The list of specs goes on but it's fairly obvious this isn't the run of the mill RG, in fact this is an Axion Label series Ibanez. These are designed for the demanding metal player market but are so good most players will find something they love. Gone is the tone pot allowing the signal to go pickups > volume > output jack providing a stronger truer tone. Speaking of the output jack, this is situated on the top for ease of access.A combination of Gotoh locking tuners and fixed bridge makes this a great studio tool due to the tuning stability as well as giving superb resonance through the body. Metal players are all about ease of playing, when things get fast and complicated little things can have a big effect, so Ibanez have added luminescent side dot inlays and sub zero treated Jumbo frets (It would seem the mortal kombat team have found unexpected employment) It used to be the case that all super shred machines came in either black or garish finishes so it's great to see Ibanez making these lovely looking guitars which still allow the player to rip open the gates of valhalla. 

Ibanez AZ242PBG
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The Respectable Shredder Many of us growing up between the 80’s and 2000’s have played Ibanez guitars or something trying to be an ibanez at least. Yet as time has passed, our hair cuts have become shorter, our jeans have become trousers and our guitars have become tamer.  Yet something inside us still yearns to plug a super strat into a high gain amp and tear into the fretboard as if it had just offended our mothers. The AZ’s from Ibanez’s premium range offer us the best of both worlds, subtle colours with artfully interesting wood grains giving a nod to the world of flame tops yet staying tasteful. Staying on appearances, the roasted maple necks look great and yet are functional in their feel. The Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups are powerful yet can be gentle and dynamic, they also feature coil tapping for single coil tones. In fact 10 different pickup combinations are possible via the switching.The floating trems and locking nuts we remember with mixed feelings have been replaced by a Gotoh trem and locking tuners to provide both whammy fun and tuning stability.All this together provides us with a guitar which jazz fusion players are flocking to, and if anyone needs a variety of tones, it’s them. So yes this will work great in the 70’s cover band but if you manage to convince the band to play some Pantera or Steve Vai then you have everything you need right here! 

Ibanez RG421HPFM
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Unbelievable Value Is Understating It The RG range has been around for a long time, serving players from beginner level all the way to virtuoso’s who in turn inspire whole new generations of players. Like all good guitar companies Ibanez have continually updated the RG specs to accommodate payers needs and the world around us. The RG421HPFM features many of these upgrades and also some woods traditionally found on more exotic guitars.The body is Nyatoh, used as a responsible alternative to traditional mahogany yet almost indistinguishable in appearance and tone. Featuring a full flame maple top, it’s clear no costs were cut to provide the warm yet cutting tones this combination excels at. Another high end addition to this guitar is a roasted maple neck which many pro-players are adopting today due to the ease of playing and tactful feel, this comes in a wizard 3 neck shape tuned for fast playing. The 24 fret fingerboard adorning this beautiful neck is Jatoba, another responsibly sourced wood this time from the rosewood family. Unlike other rosewood alternatives this example maintains the darker appearance of traditional rosewood helping the player feel more at home.Down to the hardware, we have two DiMarzio’s, an Air Norton™ in the neck and The Tone Zone® in the bridge position. Both pickups can be coil tapped via a switch on the front body giving 6 possible pickup configurations, enough for even the most demanding of players.All told a guitar like this could fetch a very high street value yet they retail at amazingly great value prices. Considering a guitar like this will excel at anything from jazz to shred metal and everything in between it's very safe to say guitarists have the world at their fingertips in today's market.