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Reissue Ibanez TS808 vs. Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive

 
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86runner



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reissue Ibanez TS808 vs. Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive Reply with quote

Had an 808 a while back and sold it cause I needed the cash. I remember liking it but don't remember much about the sound. Used a Sparkle Drive in the studio a couple years back as well. I still listen to that recording and LOVE what it did to my Sheraton II through my tweed Deluxe dimed. Planning on gettin an OD of some sort and wondered what your opinions were. I know it's ultimately up to my ear, but just consider it another reason to give your opinion about somethin Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never played an SD however the clean blend knob really interests me.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I modded my TS9 (you can find used ones really cheap on CL) and I love the thing. Most consistent pedal on my board.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Advantage to Sparkle Drive is that you can blend the clean and gain sounds to your liking. I like my Keeley Blues Driver for most things, but I keep a SD on my pedal board for the occasionial different flavor.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dcreeves88 wrote:
I modded my TS9 (you can find used ones really cheap on CL) and I love the thing. Most consistent pedal on my board.


I modded one myself and it is easy and cheap to do...Dean
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What mods do you do to a TS 9?

Please refer me to a site if possible

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Texas Deuce fan here (another TS clone... plus a little extra...)

Not as harsh sounding as a regular 808 to my ears and still gets me some sounds I dig.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the idea of blending the clean and gain. Seems like it would be more versatile. I haven't played with it enough though. I appreciate the feedback and will definitely use it to help me make a decision. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

markusv wrote:
What mods do you do to a TS 9?

Please refer me to a site if possible

Markus V


I did a TS9. The mod I did was the 808 Brown mod. It was a single chip and a few resistors if I remember correctly. It was about 8 yeras ago. I got the parts on ebay and cost about $20. Do a little research on the chip, because different numbers do different things. Anyway, took about 30 minutes to complete.

I did the mod because I had an originl TS9 and loved it. I got burned out from playing and layed the guitar down for 3 years. I ended up giving the TS9 to a frien. Well when I started playing again I bought a reissue and it just din't sound the sam, that is not until I did the mod...Dean
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Dean

I will have a look around
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally LOVE the reissue 808. I own two, and they're all I use for an overdrive sound. They work best driving the front of a tube amp without a doubt. I kick up the output close to max and adjust the overdrive to taste, with the tone knob at about 11 o'clock. I've played with a Sparkle Drive a bit, but mixing the clean tone in just didn't do much for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I may add to the mix, I just bought a Visual Sound Open Roads pedal. I really like it. It is, well, open sounding. I play a little jazz, a little classic rock, and a lot of blues. For my tastes this is the best pedal going, and for not a lot of cash.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm gonna have to check out the Visual Sound and the Texas Deuce. Thx for the input Very Happy
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