Tube screamers are branded as one of the most successful and most popular overdrive pedals in history. But, when it comes to purchasing one you have many options available and they all have their place on your pedal board. Tube screamer comparison? When it comes to tube screamers the main options you have available within the Ibanez brand although there are other less successful versions. However, the advent and development of this invention is still in the dark to those newly introduced to the world of electric guitar. Before diving in to the history and differences across the long generations of Ibanez Tube Screamer, one needs to understand what a Tube screamer pedal is and what it does.
Think about this for a second: have you ever owned a Tube Screamer? If not, then how many of your guitar-playing friends have? Why does it seem like everyone you know that plays guitar has owned one of these at some point? Let's dive into its history and figure that out. The Ibanez Tube Screamer is arguably one of the most popular guitar effects pedals ever made.
In a market saturated with numerous different Tube Screamers in addition to various clones and modified units, Ibanez recently introduced a bold and unique entry with its latest Nutube Tube Screamer. The Nutube Tube Screamer most notably uses a Korg-designed Nutube module, which is said to work in a similar way to a traditional vacuum tube. The Nutube technology found inside this latest incarnation of the Tube Screamer uses a Vacuum Florescent Display VFD which functions and reacts in the way that a vacuum tube would, but uses much lower power consumption, enabling it to provide the full effect of tube compression even with 9v power. The majority of other pedals on the market that use traditional vacuum tubes do not provide the necessary voltages to activate the tubes plate and grid.
The Ibanez Tube Screamer is one of the most popular guitar pedals of all time. Many aspiring guitarists have added a Tube Screamer to their setup in the hope of achieving similar tones. And I have no doubt that it is one of the first pedals to appear on the pedalboards of blues guitarists all over the world.