scott henderson

The rowdy spirit of the Tube Screamer’s burlier distortion cousin lives on in a brilliantly executed reinterpretation.

Great string detail. Brilliant balance of muscle and melodic properties. Solid build quality. Loads of rowdy fun.

Expensive—but only just.



It’s easy to end up the weird kid brother when you have a legendary relative like the TS9. Ibanez’s SD9 (the SD is for “sonic distortion”) suffered this indignity—at least to the extent inanimate objects can suffer such things—for many years. Players, many who probably never touched the thing, sometimes lazily classified the pedal as a more powerful TS. That assessment is pretty off, though. Had more potential customers known how nasty and huge it could sound, they might have taken more notice.

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