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So I've been beefing up my rig recently with some pedals and such--I have a Boss GE-7 and an ISP Decimator on their way to me right now. Now, after talking to some friends, I've decided I may finally go the route that I've seen suggested by hundreds of people--getting a Tube Screamer.

I'm more of a metal player; I've got a 6505+ going through a 4x12 Mesa rectifier cab. Though I may be somewhat limited to metal, I still vary within that genre; progressive, power and death metal take up most of my playing time.

What I'm curious about is how well the Ibanez Tube Screamer goes with the 6505+. I'd also like to know whether I should go with the TS9 or the TS808, given the styles I mostly play. I'm thinking of buying a BYOC TS808 clone, since it's inexpensive and I'm an aspiring computer/electronic engineer, so I'd enjoy working on some circuits.

So, in a nutshell:
1. Tubescreamer, ye or ne?
2. If ye, TS9 or TS808?
 

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The 6505 plus a TS9 or TS808 is pretty much a standard for current metal tones. You can hear TS9/6505 on Bullet For My Valentine's 'Fever' album, while the new Trivium album is all first-generation block-letter Peavey 5150 with a TS808. Either way you'll be alright! Might I also suggest trying the DigiTech Bad Monkey, Way Huge Green Rhino, BBE Green Screamer and the HBE Power Screamer. All are great and all are slightly different but the Power Screamer is INCREDIBLE.
 

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Welp, I guess that settles it. I'll see about trying out some of the others you guys have suggested here, but my course load often won't allow me to get over to Guitar Center, sadly. I'm leaning towards the BYOC kit, since it would be a great project and, being a TS808 clone, most likely sound very good.

Thanks! :)
 

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The best 808 is the Visual Sound Route 808. That's what I use with my 6505. It has less noise and the switch is guaranteed for a million stomps. It also has a bass boost switch to reintroduce the lowend that all TS and 808 pedals remove from your tone.
 

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Check out Ola Englund's YouTube demos he uses a Tube Screamer in a lot of his metal demos. +1 for the Green Rhino, really smooth OD check my demo, also the Suhr Shiba is amazing too but if you like to tinker you can build a kit that does exactly what you want anyway so you can't lose! Have fun! :)
 

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The old adage, "ask 100 guitarists about an OD pedal and you'll get 1000 different responses" rings true. I use the Hardwire OD and it's very nice. Digitech bad monkey is a great pedal for the price. I also like the BB Xotic preamp. Cheap or expensive, there's a wealth of options. Take a trip to GC or some other store with a good return policy, buy a couple pedals to try at home on your rig and keep the one(s) you like.
 

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The old adage, "ask 100 guitarists about an OD pedal and you'll get 1000 different responses" rings true. I use the Hardwire OD and it's very nice. Digitech bad monkey is a great pedal for the price. I also like the BB Xotic preamp. Cheap or expensive, there's a wealth of options. Take a trip to GC or some other store with a good return policy, buy a couple pedals to try at home on your rig and keep the one(s) you like.
That's totally true. Most of us have specific ones we like with specific guitars and specific amps. In my case it's sometimes the Maxon OD808, sometimes a Tube Screamer, Fulltone OCD, Bad Monkey or BOSS Super Overdrive. It's beyond subjective and even changes over time as your sound evolves. I think that's why most guitarists have several.

To make it even more confusing, for me (and I know I am not alone) it's different for what you are doing on the same amp at the same settings. I love the sound of the OD808 for making high gain rhythms punchy, but I like using the Fulltone OCD for thickening up leads.
 

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Yeah there are SOOOO many variables though certain parts of the chain do give you a recognizable sound. I use a 5150 Combo + TS9 + NS-2. The 5150 has plenty of gain but you can turn it down a bit on the amp and clean it up by using overdrive. The way I visualize it is to think of white noise with big grain for the amp gain and using the overdrive gives you finer grain. I especially like the Rhythm Channel with the TS9 at the moment because I get such huge low end from that channel and a bit tighter sound. The TS9 pushes the gain the extra needed bit while the lead channel is fine either way.

I haven't tried other OD pedals but I can imagine there are better choices. The TS9 works as it should though.
 

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I love heavy tones and currently use a BBE Green Screamer along with a Fulltone Fat Boost (v.1) in front of my 6505+. I modded the BBE with an ic socket, so that opens it up even more. I can quickly change op amps for different OD character if I want to. The first and third generation Fat Boost has the mosfet gain circuit and really thickens things up if you want it to.

I have found that I can get a vast array of tones with this combo. I also believe that one of the best things you can do, is to run your EQ pedal through your effects loop. This will give you some crushingly heavy tones if you tweak it correctly.
 
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