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Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini review

The iconic overdrive gets the mini-pedal treatment

  • £65
  • $114

Our Verdict

Retains the classic Tube Screamer flavour in a cute compact package. What's not to like?

Pros

  • Sounds like a Tube Screamer!

Cons

  • Not as versatile as some TS clones.

MusicRadar Verdict

Retains the classic Tube Screamer flavour in a cute compact package. What's not to like?

Pros

  • + Sounds like a Tube Screamer!

Cons

  • - Not as versatile as some TS clones.

The belle of 2015's NAMM ball, the adorable TS Mini is made in Japan and packs the TS808's coveted JRC4558D IC chip: good start.

You know what to expect from a TS, and the Mini will get your mids humping and your single coils beefing up with the best of 'em. It's not the smoothest Screamer we've heard, but it is faithful to the 80s incarnation in that it compresses up a treat and cuts the low-end a little.

Ramp up your amp, cut the TS Mini's gain and up the volume, and it gives distorted tones extra attack - and that's possibly its greatest strength.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.