I've been contemplating getting a Tube Screamer for years now, and finally Ibanez offered me one at an affordable price. But just as they did, I found myself thinking "Actually, what do I want one for?"
I know many people use them, so I wanted to get your opinions and usages on them. Aren't they just a distortion pedal of sorts? Couldn't I get the same effect from upping the gain on my amp? These and many more questions plague me. Why would I want or need a Tube Screamer?
If it helps, I play progressive metal on 7/8 strings.
Thanks to all who reply
What's your amp?
Since you seem to rock EMGs, I wouldn't say you NEED one to achieve the super-tight thing, but then lots of players use both. Generally you'll use it as a way to trim the bass and boost the signal to your amp. It is a very useful effect, but not necessary.