Ibanez has collaborated with another Japanese company, boutique pedal maker Vemuram, on the new TSV808. This pedal is based on blending the classic Tube Screamer with Vemuram ‘s Jan Ray.
Together the two Japanese companies have melded together the best parts of each other’s signature guitar effects pedals. So we get a classic TS-style -‘mid-boost, but also the wide dynamic range and frequency response of the Jan Ray‘. With a reported 7dB extra output when compared to a typical Ibanez Tube Screamer pedal.
This new collaboration will concentrate on tone and of course build quality. Vemuram is known for their brass enclosures for their pedals and this new hybrid has a brass and green finish. They are also recognised as using quad-layered PCBs in their pedal circuit board construction. So expect a high-quality pedal, both inside and out with the new TSV808 release.
A regular Tube Screamer has a single set of clipping diodes. However, with the TSV808 you get two sets of clipping diodes, each its own DIP switch.
This means you can select between four different clipping forms – Two Symmetrical and two Asymmetrical, nice!
The TSV808 also has two little trim pots to control the pedal’s Saturation and Bass. Plus the regular Overdrive, Tone and Level controls on the front panel.
Pete Thorn has done a neat little demo with Tim Pearce of the new pedal boutique pedal and you really should check it out and see what all the fuss is about. I think it sounds really nice in the demonstration.
They then go on to say that the build wasn’t easy and went through many stages of prototyping before both Ibanez and Vemuram were happy with the result.
You can also see the 40th Anniversary Tube Screamer that launched at Winter NAMM this week, so head over to the Ibanez stands and check them both out.
RRP – TBC
- TSV808 a work of art? Look at all the work on that PCB!: Ibanez
- With built-in trim attenuation pots for Saturation and Bass: Ibanez