Ibanez TSA15 Tube Screamer Combo Guitar Amp 15W 1x12" (Discontinued)

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Ibanez TSA15 Tube Screamer Combo Guitar Amp 15W 1x12
Ibanez TSA15 Tube Screamer Combo Guitar Amp 15W 1x12

Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Carlos Santana and John Mayer are just a few of the many major league guitarists who utilize the Tube Screamer pedal to drive their tube amps.

With the pedal's popularity, Ibanez decided to combine the circuit of the famous "green" pedal into a tube amp, resulting in the TSA15.

This means that you can readily drive the preamp section (which features a pair of 12AX7 tubes) right on the amp itself.

The amp also features a pair of 6V6 power tubes for a true all-tube tone. For the speaker, Ibanez opted for a branded 12" Celestion Seventy 80, which is described as having punchy and aggressive upper midrange response.

Other features include a 6 dB boost switch, and a built-in 5W power attenuator that lets you run the amp at quieter levels.

Specifications:

  • Power: 15W (Built-in Power Attenuator - 5W)
  • Speaker: 1 x 12" Celestion Seventy80
  • Preamp Tube: 2 x 12AX7
  • Power Tube: 2 x 6V6GT
  • Effects: Built-in Tube Screamer
  • Input: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Footswitch), 1 x 1/4" (FX Loop)
  • Outputs: 5 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (FX Loop)
  • Weight: 33.07 lbs.

Pros:
There's a reason why many guitarists love the Tube Screamer pedal, and that same reason is found in the TSA15 - with the subtle grit of its clean tone, and its cutting bite when driven hard. The obvious use for this amp is to play blues and rock style songs, but there are some who love it for clean jazz styles. The amp is also reported to be pedal friendly, be it through the front input, or via the effects loop at the back. The ability to turn down the power to 5W also got a lot of commendations from users who want inspiring tones at lower volumes.

Cons:
Being a compact 15W amp, there are some users who find that the amp does not have enough volume for band use, especially when playing with a loud drummer. The lack of reverb is also a let down for some reviewers.

Overall:
If you're into the SRV Tube Screamer style tube tone, and you're looking for a compact amp that can do just that, then get the Ibanez TSA15.

Below is another Metareview for the Ibanez TSA15 Tube Screamer Combo Amp

Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Carlos Santana and John Mayer are just a few of the many major league guitarists who utilize the Tube Screamer pedal to drive their tube amps. With the pedal's popularity, Ibanez decided to combine the circuit of the famous "green" pedal into a tube amp, resulting in the TSA15. This means that you can readily drive the preamp section (which features a pair of 12AX7 tubes) right on the amp itself. The amp also features a pair of 6V6 power tubes for a true all-tube tone. For the speaker, Ibanez opted for a branded 12" Celestion Seventy 80, which is described as having punchy and aggressive upper midrange response. Other features include a 6 dB boost switch, and a built-in 5W power attenuator that lets you run the amp at quieter levels.

Specifications:

  • Power: 15W (Built-in Power Attenuator - 5W)
  • Speaker: 1 x 12" Celestion Seventy80
  • Preamp Tube: 2 x 12AX7
  • Power Tube: 2 x 6V6GT
  • Effects: Built-in Tube Screamer
  • Input: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Footswitch), 1 x 1/4" (FX Loop)
  • Outputs: 5 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (FX Loop)
  • Weight: 33.07 lbs.

Pros:
There's a reason why many guitarists love the Tube Screamer pedal, and that same reason is found in the TSA15 - with the subtle grit of its clean tone, and its cutting bite when driven hard. The obvious use for this amp is to play blues and rock style songs, but there are some who love it for clean jazz styles. The amp is also reported to be pedal friendly, be it through the front input, or via the effects loop at the back. The ability to turn down the power to 5W also got a lot of commendations from users who want inspiring tones at lower volumes.

Cons:
Being a compact 15W amp, there are some users who find that the amp does not have enough volume for band use, especially when playing with a loud drummer. The lack of reverb is also a let down for some reviewers.

Overall:
If you're into the SRV Tube Screamer style tube tone, and you're looking for a compact amp that can do just that, then get the Ibanez TSA15.

From the "Best Tube Amps for Guitar - Combo" guide:

At first glance, the Ibanez TSA15 seems to look like an average tube amplifier, but it does come with a simple yet effective feature - it comes bundled with a boost / overdrive circuit that is based on the popular Tubescreamer pedal. As such it gives you access to the overdriven sound that iconic guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson and more use.

The amp section is not bad by itself, with two 12AX7 preamp tubes and two 6V6GT poweramp tubes, but combining this with its built-in boost circuit makes it a nifty practice amp to have, giving you gritty tones at lower volume levels.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 15W (Built-in Power Attenuator - 5W)
  • Preamp Tube: 2 x 12AX7
  • Poweramp Tube: 2 x 6V6GT
  • Speaker: 1 x 12" Celestion Seventy80
  • Input: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Footswitch), 1 x 1/4" (FX Loop)
  • Output: 5 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (FX Loop)
  • Cabinet: Open Back
  • Control Knobs: Bass, Treble, Volume, Tubescreamer (Overdrive, Tone Level), Boost
  • Weight: 33.07 lbs

Pros
It's not surprising that the Ibanez TSA15's most commended feature is its overdriven sound, specifically when used in blues and rock styles. But on the flipside, it is quite surprising that there are those who find its clean tone to be just as good, especially when you add in a bit of grit. There are also reports of the amp behaving nicely with pedals, which makes it viable for rehearsing your live performance parts at lower volume levels without compromising the tube sound that you prefer.

Cons
The Tubescreamer type overdrive tone is simply not for everyone, especially if you're looking for modern high-gain tones.

Overall
If you're into the grit and overdriven tones of classic blues and rock songs, then you'll definitely like the Ibanez TSA15.

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