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Ibanez TS9B or MXR Bass Overdrive?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jeremysilverado, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. jeremysilverado

    jeremysilverado

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    I'm looking into getting a warm bass overdrive sound that I can dial in light to heavy. Which one do you think? The Ibanez TS9B bass tube screamer or the MXR bass overdrive?
  2. crapusername

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    If you want a clean clean tone the the ts9b is the way forward. The mxr colours your clean tone with a fixed eq.
    Tone wise the ibanez can cover most levels of gain as can the mxr. I found the mxrs drive tone a little fizzy if over used. Both would sound good into a valve amp :)
  3. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    Drive pedals seems to be a very personal matter of taste thing and discussed in a gazillion threads (do a search here and you'll have a lot of opinions to ponder) ... personally I have to say I don't like either of the two pedals you mention, and recommending something else can be tricky. If you can, try to get to listen to a bunch of pedals before buying, I have too many at home that seemed good on paper and sounded fine in online demos but didn't work out when I tried them myself.
  4. Diaz

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    I just sold my ts9b because it didn't sound quite as good with a JB as it did with my Squier Vintage Modified P-Bass TB. I think it has to do with the low end the P-Bass already had with it. It worked awesome with the P-Bass TB (just a humbucker at the neck) though, specially with a CS2 before it to get a hot signal even before reaching the ts9b.

    And if it helps, i have an Art MPA II Preamp with JJ ECC83-S tubes and the TS9b just sounded like hot tubes. The Mix knob is a blessing, too, imo.

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