I'm not a fuzz or a distortion type of guy. I am all about clarity and transparency. I have looked into many overdrives; JHS Moonshine, Walrus Audio Mayflower, EHX English Muffn, Ibanez Tubescreamer, and Maxon's vintage tubescreamer. This match my personal preferences the most, and ironically, it was the cheapest option out of the list. It's punch yet a controllable, most importantly, transparent, and you can easily get some nice "meat" just by turning the gain past the 2 o'clock range. I prefer the 'modified' mode because it has more low-end than the 'classic'.
This tube overdrive is really usable. It has the "warmth" sound of real tubes and you can switch it from classic tube to what i call "monster" and watch it melt people faces off. Pretty cool for a tube pedal simulator.
So I couldn't wait till Christmas to use this, I just had to try it out. The controls (Level, Bass, High and Gain) are very nice, the pots feel extremely good quality, the knobs themselves are made from metal and are very nice. Each control is responsive across its whole range rather than like a lot of pedals where they controls don't do much then between say 10 and 2 o'clock suddenly have a huge affect on the tone then back to not much. This isn't like that at all. I was originally going to get a Ibanez TS9 but this being less than half the price from Thomann.de I couldn't resist, it does everything the tube screamer does and more. I use it to get that overdrive sound in songs like Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis as well as my own stuff it also works great as a boost too. The modern setting gives abit of a gain boost but I keep it in the classic mode and keep the gain relatively low too, this can get almost to a thick distortion. It is a very fat overdrive and pushes my amp in to feed back too which I like doing. It is very warm and thick, it makes my solid state sound quite tube like. brilliant pedal and I only paid £45 for it. There is also a true bypass and buffered by pass switch which is nice too. All in all this is now my favorite pedal. I also noticed on the bottom it says ''Patent Pending'' If you like the tube screamer I suggest you get one of these and you will not be disappointed
It's not the warmest overdrive pedal in the world, but it's hard to beat its versatility. Both the bass and treble controls actively boost their respective frequencies, and the pedal already has a ton of output on tap. It can go anywhere from clean boost to full-on 80s distortion, which is pretty neat. Excellent build quality. You'll need to do a fair amount of tweaking to get the pedal's settings exactly where you want them, but it's versatile enough to get you where you need to be.