Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer Reissue Switch Repair

The Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer is, rightly, regarded as a classic pedal. Ibanez have now reissued the TS-808. This is fortunate 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, the only replacement I found for sale was in the US and $20, which, when combined with shipping and import duty, would mke the repair expensive.

I thus investigated whether I could repair the switch.

I removed this from the pedal and disassembled it.

TS-808 momentary switch

On the left we have the defective switch, mounted on a circular PCB.

The replacement on the right is an inexpensive surface mount tactile switch, and it was a simple job to swap out.

Here’s the final switch assembled switch 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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