NAMM 2010: Ibanez TSA – amp with built-in Tube Screamer

Here’s another of my favourite things from NAMM so far: The TSA. This little amp actually has a Tube Screamer overdrive pedal built in. I heard it yesterday and the tone was refreshingly warm and responsive. Kinda reminds me of Al DiMeola on San Marco (Moderna), the opening track of Consequence of Chaos, and as a result I haven’t been able to get that song out of my head ever since!

Ibanez says:

Guitarists normally have to depend on a separate effect pedal to get the distinctive, warm overdrive sounds of a tube amp. No more! The new TSA15H Tube Amp has a genuine Tube Screamer circuit, built right into the front end, for all the warm tube overdrive punch and crunch you’ll need. Includes foot-switchable function, with Tube Screamer Overdrive, Tone, and Level controls. TSA112C speaker cabinet and IFS2G footswitch sold separately.

I say:

Great work, Ibanez. I hope to see the line expand into 50 or 100 watt heads some day.