Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer Reissue Switch Repair.

The Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer is, rightly, regarded as a classic pedal, and has been reissued by Ibanez; this is lucky as an original TS-808s will set you back several hundred pounds.

 

Ibanez TS-808 Reissue

 

Unfortunately the switches on the reissue (and indeed the originals), are not that robust.

This pedal came in with a broken switch.

In the past I have simply replaced the whole switch assembly; however I had run out of TS-808 switches and the only replacement I could find for sale was in the US and $20, which would have made the repair expensive.

I thus investigated whether I could repair the switch, so I removed this from the pedal and disassembled it.

 

 

TS-808 momentary switch

 

On the left we have the defective switch, which was stuck on. Amazingly I was able to source a replacement, which is an inexpensive surface mount momentary connect switch, and it was a simple job to swap out.

Here’s the final switch assemble ready for reinstallation in the pedal. Total cost of the repair £23, which is almost certainly less than the cost of ordering the switch from the US!

 

TS-808 switch assembly.

 

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