Ibanez Tube Screamer vs Boss Blues Driver: which is better?

Boss Blues Driver and Ibanez Tube Screamer on a wooden background
(Image credit: Boss, Ibanez)

Many debates will rage on until the end of time. The Beatles or the Stones? McDonald's or KFC? Kirk or Picard? And of course, what's better, the Ibanez Tube Screamer or Boss Blues Driver? Both of these iconic pedals have found their way onto countless pedalboards, all while refusing to be tied to one particular genre. So whether you're eying up the tonal-chameleon that is the Boss BD-2 or you think your guitar sound is sorely missing the mid-boosted characteristic of the Ibanez TS9, we are determined to answer this age-old question once and for all – Ibanez Tube Screamer vs Boss Blues Driver: Which is better? 

In order to decide what pedal comes out on top, we've put them head to head in a number of categories, from build quality to tone. We'll also go through the brief history of each of these pedals and then explore some notable players who have stomped on these marvelous boxes to achieve tonal greatness.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.