The original Ibanez Tube Screamer made history, and Keeley's TS9 Mod Plus will have you making tonal history of your own. Used by guitarists including The Edge (U2), Peter Frampton, Jon Herrington (Steely Dan), and Larry Crane (John Mellencamp ban...
"Effects Keeley-modded Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer distortion, MXR/CAE MC-404 wah, Electro-Harmonix POG2 harmonizer, Line 6 DL4 delay, Line 6 MM4 modulation, MXR Phase 90, MXR/CAE MC-401 boost, Diamond Opto-Compressor, Way Huge Green Rhino Distortion, Xotic Effects AC Boost, 196x Ludwig 9000 Phase 2 synth, Billy Zoom Little Kahuna Reverb/Vibrato"more
"I used a TS-9 with a Keeley mod and that was actually Brandon's who produced the album – he brought a whole suitcase of pedals for us to play with. I had a Fulldrive 2 before that and wasn't totally happy with it but that TS-9 has some sparkle to it and all the notes ring out in a unique way. Different to a stock TS-9 for sure. That was for a milder distortion…"more
"I have a ’90s Ibanez TS9 and an Ibanez TS808 modified by Robert Keeley that I use as a boost. I also used a Jim Dunlop Crybaby wah on “Heavy Heart” and a T-Rex Tremster tremolo on “Going Home.” I don’t use a lot of effects, mostly because no matter how many different things I try, I always come out sounding the same."more
"I’ve been using a GigRig Pro 14 for a few years now. It’s a great switching system that allows me to have all of my pedals in front of me but I can have patches set for certain effect combinations so I only have to hit one switch. It also allows you also turn things on and off individually. It’s all true bypass so I don’t lose any tone. The pedals on the board at the moment are an RC Booster, Providence Compressor, Keeley Mod Tube Screamer, Eternity Love Pedal, Fulltone Octafuzz, MoonPhase (phaser), Arion SCH1 (chorus), Demeter Trem, Eventide Time Factor, McCoy Wah, and a GigRig Wet Box which allows me to use both sides of the Eventide Delay pedal. One side is set for my normal delays and the other side is set so that I can have Dub style delays which I can call up just by hitting a switch on and off on the GigRig Pro 14 leaving the delay trails carrying on while I’m playing another part. I switch things round every so often, always looking for new overdrives etc. I have a Providence SOV-2 which I love."more
SS: Speaking of pedals, I’ve been slowly honing in my base setup for the next round of touring. The current live rig consists of a Boss TU-3, a Keeley-modified Ibanez TS-9, a Fulltone ’70 fuzz, an Electroharmonix Pitchfork, a Malekko 616 Analog Delay, an Electroharmonix Freeze, and an Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Jr.more
The original Ibanez Tube Screamer made history, and Keeley's TS9 Mod Plus will have you making tonal history of your own. Used by guitarists including The Edge (U2), Peter Frampton, Jon Herrington (Steely Dan), and Larry Crane (John Mellencamp band), the TS9 Mod Plus has a number of enhancements over the original that give it a sound closer to the Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer.
Keeley Effects use the Texas Instruments RC4558P chip, just like early Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamers. Additional mods include replacing the carbon-composite output resistors with metal-film types that don't introduce noise to the signal and increasing the bass response for full low-end richness, and increasing the overdrive range. The result is a cleaner sound when turned down, twice the gain and drive when cranked, and stock TS808 sounds in between. The bypass circuitry was also improved, as well as the tone control circuit.
The legendary Tube Screamer taken to the edge of tonal Nirvana!
Ended up doing the exact opposite of what I said. Now I'm using the Keeley TS9, J&H, and the Hardwire distortion. Sounds good to me and now I have 4 different OD/ distortions to play around with.
Perfect boost pedal to drive the tubes to give you great sustain for leads, and boosts mids to help cut through the mix. The Keeley mod makes it smooth and gives the real vintage tones of an old 808