Watch Thomann’s massive Tube Screamer shootout
Twenty-two Tube Screamer variants, but which comes out on top?
German retail titan Thomann has released a comprehensive Tube Screamer shootout video, mustering over 20 versions of the iconic overdrive pedal together in one massive brawl.
The legendary pedal first came into being in the ’70s, and established itself as an essential overdrive stompbox. There have since been innumerable clones, mods and updates of the Ibanez device—and all this has resulted in the eternal question: Which Tube Screamer is for you?
In an attempt to answer that, the folks at Thomann have produced a 30-minute video that pits 22 Tube Screamers against one another. Pedals tested include the TS808 reissue, the Way Huge Green Rhino, the Maxon OD9 and the JHS Moonshine.
The first part of the clip sees a single riff played through each and every pedal at relatively the same settings. The second part, meanwhile, covers the pedals’ unique controls and involves plenty of knob twiddling.
If you’re in the market for a TS-style stompbox, check it out here:
And here’s the full list of all the stompboxes demoed:
Harley Benton Vintage Overdrive
Way Huge Green Rhino MKIV
Seymour-Duncan 805 Overdrive
Mad Professor Little Green Wonder
Electro-Harmonix East River Drive
J Rockett Blue Note
Mooer Green Mile
Valeton Tube Engine
Keeley Red Dirt
EarthQuaker Devices Dunes
Jam Pedals Tube Dreamer 58
Ibanez TS808 Handwired