Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Ibanez Tube Screamer

The Ibanez Tube Screamer was one of the four key pedals used by Stevie. Allegedly, he used all three versions that were available in his lifetime, the original TS-808, the TS-9, and the “modern” TS-10. According to Don Opperman, he used the pedal as a boost, in conjecture with his wah – mostly just for the Hendrix-influenced songs.

For the Hendrix stuff, Cutter would plug in a wah for the one tune. One of the first things I did was to show Stevie this trick I had picked up from Joe Walsh, who used a Tube Screamer in conjunction with his wah as a boost to make it sound more expressive, switching the Tube Screamer on and off as he saw fit.

Dan Opperman – Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Even though there are rumors that the TS-808 was his favorite, the TS-9 was the one that was seen most often on his pedalboard.

We used four pedals: a CryBaby wah-wah, an Ibanez Tube Screamer, an Octavia and a Dallas Arbitar Fuzz Face.

Rene Martinez – Interview: Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar tech Rene Martinez


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1 year ago

Good article right what I wanted