Tube Reamer
simplified Tube Screamer overdrive


This project is rated 1 out of 3 for the level of complexity.

The first incarnation of the Tube Reamer was developed as a stripped-down, yet edgier version of the classic Ibanez Tube Screamer. We removed the input and output buffers as well as the tone control stage, plus implemented a different gain control. Many builders enjoyed the circuit, but a number of them saw the circuit was ripe for modification. Since a majority of the popular mods dealt with the gain control and range, we decided to revisit the circuit in an effort to improve on it.

First, we reverted to the original Tube Screamer gain control. The type we used in the first Tube Reamer interacted with the bass content a bit too much for our liking and the range of available gain settings was quite narrow. We expanded the gain range and also adjusted the component values to keep more midrange frequencies in the signal. Finally, we added a second small gain stage to increase the output level of the circuit. Nearly any dual op-amp is suitable for use in this circuit, including the usual suspects: JRC4558, TL072, NE5532.

Listen to it!

Pablo De Luca (aka Gringo) contributed a PCB layout for the Tube Reamer (PDF, 136k)

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