Use a Tubescreamer! No, seriously, just do it!

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  1. Adieu

    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    So... wow. I had a Mesa F100 amp gathering dust unused that I bought on a whim a while back, didn't mesh with, and put up for sale.

    Found a buyer.

    Decided to plug it in to test everything works before the appointment, and just randomly plugged in through a Tube Screamer (which I somehow never tried before).


    And.... DAYUM!!!


    Boring bassy amp suddenly got SASS and bite, even at non-deafening volumes...

    Almost regret putting it up for sale now.
     
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    Marshall Boogie Well-Known Member

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    I would amend that statement to be try various drive pedals. Tubescreamers are in the medium gain range for drive pedals and I find that they are wayyyy too hot for most Mesa Amps (I have several types of tube screamer). I had to back off to a boost pedal to get the most out of my Mark V (really fell in love with TC Electronic Spark Boost). The Maxon ST9 Pro + was a seriously great pedal in front of my Marshall but the Mesa hated it (I would also state that you need a really good drive pedal with a Mesa because they are so very transparent any issues with the drive pedal will be magnified....for example the aforementioned Maxon pedal was glorious when paired with a Marshall but had this annoying wet/dry signal thing that became apparent when put in front of the Mesa...it was like everything played through it had two signals, one completely clean and one gainey....really annoying when you are just trying to up the gain)
     
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    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    Too hot with drive 0 volume max? Or too hot to use the drive pot?
     
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    BftGibson Well-Known Member

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    I love my f100, No pedals needed. 100 watt thump ,60 watt for leads
     
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    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    Idk, the contour channel sounded like azz until I tried the tubescreamer knockoff into it

    Then it was pretty nice with high output pups


    ...still ended up selling it today, though. Too loud.
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    NMV?
     
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    Ya reckon tubescreamers are good, try treble boosters :cool:
     
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    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    Gunner64 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I have been using a tubescreamer for decades..not for the distortion, but the boost with the Drive down, level up. Work great and I have found the boost will help most amps sound tighter.
     
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    I'v shown this before and it is still one of the best dirt & boost pedals ever. Of course they quite making it, but I think you can get it with the same drive and boost / drive with a comp. instead of the effects. The Katana side of the boost is just a level boost and only the level is settable. If you see a used one buy it, best single pedal you can own.
     

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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Ive had that happen when I sold a couple amps in the past, seems to work that out that way sometimes. I still sold the amps and have never regretted it.
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    I always use a tube screamer a Marshall just doesn’t sound right without IMO .
     
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    What? Well-Known Member

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    I generally like boosts more than tubescreamers. But a tubescreamer can be useful on a bassy amp to help roll off some of the low end and push the mids a bit. To my mind, a switchable straight up clean boost and tubescreamer should be housed in the same pedal with some eq control, since they already have alot of the same sort of circuitry anyway.
     
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    Essentially anything stronger than a mild boost like the spark for some reason sounds like garbage even with the gain at 0(YMMV, my Mark V sounded bad with any pedal from Maxon ST9pro+ to Wampler Sovereign and even just for giggles tried the MXR distortion +, MXR Fullbore Metal, Mesa Throttle Box, Mesa Flux Drive, Big Muff Pi and Krank Krankshaft). The only one to approach being usable was the Spark Boost. (I tried to love these pedals with the V, just couldn't)
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    Many ( maybe most ) great hard rock tones that are so revered are guitar( strat, lp, sg whatever ) -tube screamer-Marshall , simple as that .
     
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    No thank you. I bought one years ago only to take it back for store credit.

    Just say "No," to solid state distortion.
     
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    Yep. I clean boost eveything with a ts9, from 4 holers to Dsls..they all benifit from a goose in the front end. Proper Marshalls need a boost. Been that way forever..ask the Rangemaster users of yore..:D

    Just to be clear..I use the ts9 for its clean boost properties, which I like, drive down level up...not for it's drive up distortion.
     
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    JCM800 2203/4 + Ibanez tube screamer TS-9/808 or Boss overdrive OD/SD-1 = :flex:
     
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  20. Justin Whitstine

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    there are lots of pedals you can use that cut bass / boost volume. They all cut bass to different degrees. There are the ones I use / know of.
    Tubescreamer
    Boss SD-1 super overdrive
    treble booster is freaking magic
    Boss blues driver
    Klon

    treble booster sounds similar to a blue driver until your guitar volume is at 10, then it gets really aggressive like a fuzz.
     

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