Best Tube Screamer clones: top alternatives for all budgets

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The BOSS OD-1 might have coined the term "Over Drive", but the Tube Screamer made it a classic effect. From blues to tech metal, there's no genre untouched by the original lean, green machine. In addition, a whole family tree of pedals descended from it make up a huge chunk of the pedal market.

Still, there's a lot of players that hunger for the original, and companies are happy to oblige. Tube Screamer can mean a number of different things, as even the original has changed many times since its introduction in 1979. In this guide, we're going to cover some of the best Tube Screamer clones, reproductions and adaptations on the market.

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James Farmer

James is a freelance writer and former Junior Deals Writer at Guitar World. Before writing, James worked as a guitar salesman at a local music store, so he knows a thing or two about matching people with their perfect instruments. James also has experience working in other areas of the music trade, having briefly worked for online music distributor, RouteNote. James is a guitarist, bassist and drummer and has also toured the UK and Europe with his old band Hypophora. 

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