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Maxon OD808 & OD-9

These green machines are not called ‘Tube Screamers’, but they are built by the company behind the Ibanez originals. HUW PRICE compares two new Maxons to a vintage TS9…
For the purposes of this review we compared the Maxons to a vintage early 1980s Ibanez TS9

The original Tube Screamer was part of a range of pedals Maxon built for Ibanez between 1974 and 2002, establishing Ibanez as a stompbox brand. When the TS808 arrived in 1979, relatively few pedals sought to emulate the sound of cranked up valve amps. Amps had become increasingly powerful and many were designed to run clean.

Getting a good overdrive sound with enough sustain for soloing was by no means straightforward. Many a guitarist’s heart must have sunk when arriving at a venue to discover a rented Twin Reverb or something solid-state.

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The August 2017 edition of the UK’s most affordable and most in-depth guitar magazine is on sale now! You might notice a slightly different name on the cover this month, but inside you’ll find your regular monthly fix of the best gear reviews in the business, DIY tutorials, tone and playing tips, artist interviews, breathtaking photography of vintage instruments and whole lot more besides. This month there’s a feast for Fender offset fans as we offer pro set-up tips, show you how to upgrade your Jaguar or Jazzmaster and find out if Fender’s new American Professional series has finally delivered offsets for the masses. Elsewhere, we interview Joe Bonamassa, Darrel Higham, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Paul Gilbert, pay a visit to Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, delve into the snake-oil surrounding tonewoods and give you the chance to win a Shergold electric worth a whopping £835.