Beat Tube Screamer Contest
Do you have a Tube Screamer that has been around the circuit and shows it?
Send me a jpg file or a link to your picture posted somewhere on the internet (even better!) and if it's worse than these (in my opinion, in a cool way) then you will be the current champion!
1/30/10 This is one of the first pedals I modified, 14 years ago! I used to serialize them, I think this is #108-B (b = brown or our current CLASSIC mod). It's still going strong for Larry, remember this the next time you think about sending a pedal to some new guy for a mod to save $10 :)
9/2/00 This TS-808 was bought new by Dean King in Virginia, and he has used it ever since! He shipped it to me for some TLC and to undo some terrible mods done by a pedal "expert" in Canada.current champion!
This is one of the European narrow TS-808s with screw on bottom (see my ts9 page for more info on these). The green paint is nearly all gone, showing an undercoat of yellow. Ibanez probably took a yellow box and repainted it to make as a TS-808. Many TS-808s I have had, have an undercoat of a different color, usually red. This is from Tom in Holland
04/01: Mr. Distorto! This is one of the nastiest looking pedals ever, from Al in Seattle, WA. He got it about three years ago for $125, in exactly this condition. He's grown fond of the paint job actually, and the thing sounds outstanding.
This is not a
tubescreamer but it sure is beat!! This will show you why you
have to be careful buying on EBAY, the seller shipped it to me
direct for my mods, and the buyer was going to pay me directly
for the mods. But when I got it there was NOTHING I could use
except the shell (after sand blasting away all the grime). This
pedal was dragged out of the ocean in Hawaii and has no working
parts at all. Note that there is only one transistor and one pot.
Here is a TS-808 owned by Ric from MONK.
He has had it for 10 years or so. It's been on tour all over the
US and around the world. He thinks he paid $69 for it around 1989...
Jim Weider's TS-808
The original TS-808 (or what's left of it!) on the left was on tour with THE BAND. In Germany, Rick Danko (who was no lightweight!) stepped on it and you can see the result. Jim Weider took the guts and put them into the TS9 shell on the right, as they fit by removing the 808 power jack and installing a TS9 jack. Jim still uses his TS9/808 live and in the studio, and I have fixed it up for him, it sounds AWESOME!!!! On the right is his TS9 with TS808 guts.
Here is another TS9 that got
"stepped on". I was going to put the guts in a new
shell for the customer but there was very little of his pedal
that I could use so he ended up getting almost a whole new pedal.
Here is a TS808 from Olaf of
Banzai Effects in Germany. He said it looks like the pedal was
disassembled, dipped into a can of black paint then reassembled
and used for years. It's still working fine...
Here is a pedal from Filip in Belgium, a 1980 TS808. He says
it sounds great!
This is not BEAT but the eggs to make it were! A cupcake tube screamer from a customer named Tony's wife. Yummy.
Curtis Laur who got a bunch of pedals from us when he was working for Gn'r made a submission to this broken Tube Screamer page. He built this TS-808 into a new box with true-bypass for Fred Tackett of Little Feat. The story was that he was playing at a ski resort with the band and he did the show with ski boots on and the first time he stepped on the pedal he completely crushed it.
Here is an interesting story from Relicaster guitars
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