Bensalem, PA (January 24, 2019) -- New for 2019, and in celebration of 4 decades of the TS808 Tube Screamer, Ibanez is releasing a special 40th anniversary edition of this highly sought after overdrive pedal.
The new pedal retains all of the well known and popular features that have made the TS808 so successful over the past 40 years, such as a JRC4558D IC chip and full analog circuitry. It also preserves the familiar tone, overdrive, and level control layout. This new model is offered in a special limited Ruby Red finish and is the first ever Tube Screamer offered in this unique finish. The TS808 40th Anniversary Edition represents a special opportunity for enthusiasts of the Tube Screamer and its history to own a distinctive version of this renowned overdrive pedal.
Ibanez announces the latest addition to its venerable series of Tube Screamers. The TSV808 was developed in collaboration with Vemuram, a high-end boutique pedal manufacturer from Japan. Vemuram pedals have caught the attention of the market for their unique brass enclosures. However, their reputation is built largely on their tone, proven by their roster of high-profile artists, such as Michael Landau, Mateus Asato and many more.
Ibanez staff first met with Vemuram at their booth at Winter NAMM 2018, which led to a meeting with their president and chief engineer, Mr. Daiya, who already had great respect for the Ibanez Tube Screamer. After a series of conversations, it was decided the goal would be to merge the Tube Screamer with the Jan Ray, Vemuram’s flagship pedal. After multiple rounds of designing and prototyping the TSV808 proved that it would be a strong and versatile pedal.
Although the TS808 and Jan Ray were the guiding principles under which this pedal was created, the goal was not simply to line them up in series. This “Next Generation Tube Screamer” has the Tube Screamer’s signature mid-boost, but also the wide dynamic range and frequency response of the Jan Ray, yielding a sound that is entirely new. To achieve this, each component was carefully selected by the engineers from both companies, including the customized parts and a quad layered PCB used in the Jan Ray. In the end, the TSV808 is comprised of some of the highest-quality, first class components possible. Chief among these high-quality components is the brass enclosure featured on each TSV808. Compared to the chassis made of Zinc die-cast, the brass enclosure work process is 100% handled by expertly skilled Japanese craftsmen. It involves a significant amount of extra work and time to create these unique enclosures.
The TS808 style chassis is colored in a blended tone of brass and a dark shade of green. The location of the control knobs is the same as TS808, from left to right, Drive, Tone and Level. The maximum volume is also set 7db higher than the original Tube Screamer. Aesthetically, the design exhibits the signature elements of both Ibanez and Vemuram.
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