Ibanez is about as major a player in the electric guitar market as there is—dishing out an array of products ranging from artsy hollow-bodies and “super-Strats” to amplifiers and cabinets. But they’re arguably still best known for their little green stompbox dubbed the Tube Screamer (TS) that Stevie Ray Vaughan put on the map, and which has been used by about a billion guitarists since. Ibanez has reissued TS pedals for years, and its popularity has spawned clones, DIY kits, and modifications in an attempt to capture that long sought after blues crunch.
Though the Ibanez Tube Screamer earned its rightful place in the blues-rock canon for its sweet overdrive capabilities, many players look to push their TS-9s, 10s, and 808s beyond their inherent gain capabilities. How could do you retain the sweet sound of a TS and catapult an already breaking-up Marshall into more frenzied territory? Many companies have already addressed this issue.