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The use of this hen’s tooth IC has a dramatic effect on the tonal characteristics of the TS808, generating a transparency, clarity and note-to-note separation so uncanny that it makes other drives sound as if they are being played with a blanket over the speaker.
The Tamura-mod’s hand-selected IC offers the added benefit of altering the overtone components of the signal based on input level.
At low levels, the Tamura-mod TS808 generates primarily even-order harmonics. When the input level is increased, a blend of even- & odd-order harmonics are created, yielding an overtone series that imitates the pre and power sections of a tube amp with remarkable accuracy.
In addition to this magic IC, the Tamura-mod TS808 features specific component substitutions to better match the pedal to its original vintage archetype.
Several key resistor and capacitor changes have been made to fine-tune the Tamura-mod’s tone, while NOS Toshiba silicon diodes have been installed in the clipping section for the ultimate warmth and clarity of crunch (these same diodes were used in certain production runs of the vintage TS808).
The TS808 Tamura-mod also replaces the finicky “chicklet” switch with a high-quality mechanical plunger-type footswitch, and the mod is topped off with the installation of an ultra-bright, blue-white LED.
Even the composition of the chassis plays a role in the Tamura-mod's tone. The TS808's die-cast zinc chassis has different electrostatic & electromagnetic qualities than the die-cast aluminum commonly used for pedals, resulting in superior performance & lower noise.
Each Tamura-mod TS808 is hand-signed by Mr. Tamura and is guaranteed to take your tone even further into TS Utopia.