The Trimode tube distortion takes you from slight overdrive to full-on distortion. Think Mesa-Boogie in a pedal and switch instantly from rhythm to lead.Classic
The Tonebone Classic is a high performance 12AX7 tube distortion pedal that is designed to deliver the tone, feel and dynamics of a real tube guitar amplifier.Hollywood
The Hollywood is a dual-mode distortion that delivers everything from slight overdrive to super-saturated solos. Think of it as a solid state version of the famous Tonebone Classic.Plexitube
The Plexitube delivers five generations of Marshall in a box. Triple gain stage delivers fat, harmonically rich tones that let you switch from rhythm to lead.Hot British
The Tonebone Hot British delivers five decades of brute power for everything from scooped-out chunky rhythm to screaming sizzling hot lead tones.London
The London is a super compact Marshall in a box. Features super rich, fat tones and dual-mode operation to seemlessly switch between rhythm and lead for soloing.
The Vienna Chorus is vintage bucket-brigade chorus that delivers old-school analog tone. Dual-mode controls lets you switch from slow to fast choral effects like a Leslie.Vocoloco
The Voco-Loco is a foot-controlled effects loop that enables the lead vocalist, sax or trumpet player to incorporate guitar effects pedals into the signal path, just like an electric guitarist adds effects for soloing.
The Tonebone Switchbone ABY is a high performance ABY switcher that is designed to deliver the natural tone and feel.Loopbone
The Loopbone is a high-performance effects-loop switcher that enables the guitarist to insert, remove and combine pedals via two independent signal chainsHeadbone
The Headbone is a specially designed switching device that lets you toggle between two different guitar amplifier heads using a single speaker cabinet.Twin-City
The Twin-City is a class-A ABY switcher with Drag Control that delivers your guitar tone without introducing harsh sounding artifacts. Ground isolated to eliminate hum and buzz from gournd loops.BigShot MIX
The BigShot MIX is a unique pedal that lets you combine the dry sound of your instrument with a wet effects loop. Think of adding distortion to a bass while retaining the fundamentals.Cabbone
The Cabbone lets you switch between two speaker cabinets using a single amplifier head. You will not believe how changing the cabinet can affect your tone!BigShot ABY
The Radial BigShot ABY is a compact ABY switcher that enables you to either switch between two amplifiers or combine the signal when you want both amps to play at the same time.BigShot EFX
The BigShot EFX is a true-bypass effects loop switcher that lets you set up two separate effects loops and insert them into your pedal chain at will.BigShot IO
The Radial BigShot i/o is an easy to use instrument selector that lets you quickly transition between any two instruments and send out the output signal to your amp.BigShot SW2
The BigShot SW2 is a two channel universal remote control that can be used to replace the two amplifier foot switches and combine their main functions with a single pedal.PZ-Select
The Tonebone PZ-Select is a unique pedal designed to work with today's new breed of electric guitars and basses that employ both magnetic and piezo pickups.
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The PZ-Pre™ is a power-packed preamp that lets you switch between two acoustic instruments and feed the PA with a built-in Radial direct box. Piezo optimized for orchestral instruments.PZ-Deluxe
The PZ-Deluxe is a studio quality instrument preamp that jam-packs a full array of features into a compact pedal for live stage use. Ideal for all acoustic instruments.Bassbone OD
The Bassbone OD is a bass preamp with two instrument input channels, each of which is fully equipped with a level control, super powerful passive-interactive EQ and a low frequency filter to help eliminate resonance.PZ-Select
The Tonebone PZ-Select is a unique pedal designed to work with today's new breed of electric guitars and basses that employ both magnetic and piezo pickups.Dragster
The Dragster is a super-compact load correction device that lets you adjust the load on your electric guitar pickup to make your instrument sound natural in the PA or when recording.Bassbone V2
The Bassbone V2 is a power-packed bass preamp that combines on-stage efficiency, amazing tonal control and superb audio performance in a compact box. This makes it the ideal front end for both live and studio recording.ELEVATOR
The Elevator is a unique class-A multi-level power booster and buffer that provides the guitarist with a degree of customization to better match their playing style.BigShot PB1
The BigShot PB1 is an ultra clean 100% discrete class-A power booster with Drag Control load correction and switchable mid-range boost. Likely the best power booster ever made.Stagebug SB-15
The Radial Stage Bug SB-15 High Performance Signal Buffer lets you drive guitar pedals without added noise and also powers 15V Tonebone pedals.
What tube is shipped in a Tonebone?
Although this changes depending on supply, it is usually a Ruby Tube 12AX7. This is the most common tube made and is the same as employed in most guitar amps.
What does the tube do inside the Tonebone?
The tube is used to generate harmonics and warm up the signal path. The tube is combined with three gain stages to create the Plexitube's rich distortion.
What happens if I change the tube to another brand?
Changing the tube will only affect the sound a little bit. Try changing it if you like. Some guitarists have changed the tube to find that they preferred their new sound. Others have found they preferred the factory tube sound.
Don't tubes required high voltage to work?
This is true. To make a tube sound good and clean – as when used in a microphone preamp or high fidelity amplifier, you require lots of voltage. Since we are not trying to make the tube sound good, but instead are trying to get the tube to distort, we starve it to suit our purpose. Nasty trick… but it works.
How important is ventilation and cooling for tube life?
Because we are 'starving the tube' with low voltage, the tube will last a long time and will never get very hot. The air vents on the side panel provide sufficient ventilation to keep the Tonebone running cool.
How often should the tube be replaced?
After 2-3 years of normal use, you may change the tube. We suggest only doing so if you find the tone is lacking or the output is down from when you first plugged it in.
How do I change the tube?
Complete instructions with pictures are provided in the Tonebone user guide (2.1mb zipped pdf).
Do the Tonebones come with a power supply?
Yes, a 15-Volt DC 400 mA power adaptor is supplied. Adaptors are available for most countries.
Where can I purchase an extra Tonebone power supply?
These are available at larger on-line stores.
Why does the Tonebone require 15VDC to work?
Even though we are starving the tube, we still need sufficient voltage to get the heater coils to work. The typical 9V supplies just do not have sufficient voltage to do the job.
Are there any manufacturers that make multi-power supply bricks for Tonebones?
Yes; The Cioks DC10 and AC10 both have 15V outlets for Tonebone pedals.
Can I use 16V or 18V outputs to drive the Tonebone?
Yes, but doing so will cause the regulator to heat up and reduce the lifespan. So instead of maybe getting 20 years of life, this could be reduced to 18 or less, depending on the voltage being applied. Make sure that you apply the proper polarity or else you can blow up the front end!
Is the Plexitube a 'true bypass' pedal?
Yes. When the pedal is off, the sound passes straight through, without connecting to any electronic circuitry, even if the power adapter is not plugged in.
What is 'true bypass'?
True Bypass means that when the pedal is off, the signal passes right through. Most pedals are NOT true bypass as true bypass pedals are notoriously bad when it comes to popping when switched in and out of the signal path.
How does the Plexitube avoid popping?
We actually apply a very slight load on the pickup at all times to eliminate the on-off 'spark' that causes the pop when switched. Think of Tonebone pedals as 99.999% true bypass.
Can Tonebone be plugged through an amp effects loop?
Yes. Most guitar amps are designed to connect pedals using the amp's rear panel effects loop.
Is there any advantage of using the Tonebone in an effect loop?
It depends. As far as sound quality it should not make any difference. On the other hand, if you are using a brand of pedals that does not have true bypass, then it is nice to get these out of the loop when not being used.
Can I record direct, straight from the Tonebone's output?
Yes, but keep in mind that guitar amps employ 12" speakers while studio monitors are equipped with tweeters. You will need to compensate by toning down the top end.
How can I get more sustain with my tone?
Sustain is created by combining distortion and mid range. Engaging the MID BOOST and FAT voicing switches will add tons of sustain!
What amplifiers were used when developing and testing Tonebones?
As most guitarists know, the mother of all amplifiers is the Fender Bassman. Tonebones were optimized using the vintage tube amps as a starting point and then each was refined based on where we wanted the sound to go. The Marshall JCM800 was our model for the Hot-British (and Plexitube) and we used Fenders and Mesa Boogies as a base line to develop the Classic (and Trimode).
What made you select the EQ points that you did?
After years of working with musicians and then applying facts such as where 12" drivers work and how popular amps such as Marshall and Fender work, we found that these frequencies seemed to fit very well in the scheme of things.
When did you first start making distortion pedals?
The first distortion pedal made was a custom solid-state device in 1975. The first tube distortion was tested around 1978. These were not very good, but they were our roots. We made dozens of prototypes in order to get us to where we are today!
The current Tonebone looks different from the original one from years ago. Has the sound changed?
No. The sound is exactly the same. We improved the graphics, moved the LED, and added an extra filtering on the power side. Same 'Bone sound, same 'Bone channel.
Can I use the Plexitube on Bass?
Yes. We recommend using the BigSHot MIX along with as it lets you blend the original bass tone with the distortion.
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