What's the Deal with the All the Tube Screamers?

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  1. janne_oksanen

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    I see a lot of ppl here using tube screamer pedals with their super high gain amps. This being a 7 string forum and seeing that the amps have enough gain for a genocide I take it that you guys are not using them for that sweet SRV honky tonky tone. Which begs the question... What are you using them for?

    EDIT: corrected a typo
     
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    There was a long discussion about this a few months ago here:
    http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/ge...-pedals-front-amps.html?highlight=boost+pedal

    The short version: Most people use it as a clean (or almost clean) signal boost, or sometimes not even boosting the signal. TSxxx's have a low pass filter and some tone shaping that tightens the bass response of and allows you to run your amp gain lower while retaining the saturation of a higher gain setting, but tighter.
     
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    Speak for yourself, I use them for that sweet SRV honky tonk tone. :agreed:
     
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    :nuts:

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    Yeah, SRV born in a Metallica tour. :lol:
     
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    What's funny is that I played in a blues/rock band back in college, and my rig was Strat -> Crybaby -> vintage Tube Screamer -> Fender Blues DeVille. Then I sold it when I joined a metal band. This was before they were worth more than ten bucks. :lol:
     
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    I read this on the older thread: "It will generally make ANY AMP sound better. Any."

    I really have to disagree. I tried an Ibanez TS-7, a TS-9 and a Maxon OD808
    in front of my Diezel Herbert and it actually made the amp sound thinner.

    :scratch: Anyone got a clue why that could be?!

    The Maxon OD808 was really great with my old Mesa Rectos, but now...I dunno.

    Well...not that I would NEED an overdrive pedal for the Herbert. But I just wanted to try it :squint:
     
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    Because Diezel's suck? :lol:








    I'm joking. :wub: My expereince with the Diezel was that it is a very thin sounding amp anyway, and i needs all the bass you can kick at it - and I wass playing through a Blackmachine B8 tuned to low 'e' :shrug:
     
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    Sounds like I need to buy a couple of OD pedals and try that myself. I found that my DS-1 has way too much gain for my clean channel even when set to the minimum. Gotta add a SD-1 and a TS of some sort to my shopping list.
     
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    My amp amp have some loose bass (nothing terrible but still a bit annoying) and any TS9 clone can get rid of that! Can't wait for my Bloody Murder!! :D
     
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    Actually, on occasion I do. A TS with the gain about 2/3 and the level most of the way up hitting the front end of an ever-so-slightly driven Rectifier is a SERIOUSLY good blues tone. :D
     
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    Shut up, Drew. Stop posting and start PM'ing. :squint:





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    Indeed it is.
     
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    Stitch is getting jealous - seems Shawn isn't the only gay one here. :fawk:
     
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    [action=janne_oksanen]wonders wth just happened to this thread[/action]
     
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    [action=SawnFjellstad] thinks that janne_oksanen hasn't been here quite long enough to fully understand, but, long story short, stitch and i are :wub:.[/action]

    edit: if you have to ask why we use OD pedals in front of high gain amps, you probably haven't tried it yet.
     
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