Ibanez is a Japanese musical company that was among the first in its nation to break into the guitar sales market in Europe and the United States and achieve success doing so. Owner Hoshino Gakki opened his company in 1908 and the Ibanez brand was launched in the late 1920’s when Salvador Ibanez guitar imports from Spain joined the company’s portfolio.
The 9 series Ibanez guitar pedals introduced during the late 1980s became an instant hit for their amazing musicality and velvety analog tone. The late great Stevie Ray Vaughan created his signature sound using the TS9 Tube Screamer and the rest was history.
After briefly discontinuing the series, the company chose to reissue the Tube Screamer, AD9 Analog Delay, CS9 Stereo Chorus and the FL9 Flanger. To the delight of musicians all around the world who were clamoring for the series’ return, the reissues are an accurate reproduction of the popular originals but even more audibly precise.
The company’s Tube Screamer Mini turned heads at the 2015 NAMM show in Anaheim. The pedal packs the traditional Tube Screamer control set and classic enclosure style into a package less than 1.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches long.
Another popular product in the company’s inventory is the AF2 Airplane Flanger, which is a Paul Gilbert Signature model. This unit accurately recreates the co-founder of Mr Big’s distinctive wild dive-bomb effect by changing the pitch to low from high. This pedal offers two sounds in one box with the Taxi selection delivering an old-school chorus flange and Takeoff selection providing the modified flange.