Can I use any two basses with the Bassbone?
A: Yes, the Bassbone is designed for use
with all types of basses. You can use both active
and passive basses, fretted or fretless and so on.
You are not limited to basses either, in fact any
instrument with a pickup can be used in your bassbone
setup – guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro,
Q: Do I still need
a direct box with the Bassbone?
A: No… The Bassbone has one built-in! A balanced
XLR output is provided to send your post-Bassbone
sound to the mixer. This is cool because if you
do not have a soundman, the bass EQ and level can
be controlled by you. If the sound engineer prefers
to get the sound of your bass ‘direct’
before it goes into the Bassbone, one of Radial's
fine direct boxes will work best.
Q: Will the Bassbone alter
the tone of my bass?
A: When using Channel-1 with the CONTOUR
switch set to 'Flat', which bypasses Contour entirely,
the original tone of the instrument will pass
through the Bassbone unaltered.
Q: Can I use the
tuner out to drive another amp or effect?
A: You could, but it is not really ideal
to drive two amps this way. It is best to isolate
the 2nd amp with a transformer in order to avoid
Q: I have an active and a passive bass. Which
should be used where?
A: Both can work in either channel. If
you are a purist, you may want to have your passive
bass in Channel-1 and set it flat. This would
allow your amp to control your EQ for this bass.
If you want to beef up your passive, then Channel-2
will give you more control.
Q: Are there any manufacturers that make multi-power supply bricks for Tonebones?
A: Yes; The Cioks DC10 and AC10 both have 15V outlets for Tonebone pedals.
Q: Can I use the
effect send to drive another amplifier?
A: Technically ‘yes’ but be
careful. We produce a device called the Radial
JX2 Switchbone that is designed to do this properly.
It is outfitted with an isolation transformer
that will eliminate noisy loops while the Bassbone
does not. Be careful! Some older amplifiers are
not equipped with proper U-grounds and could cause
an electric shock. Please consult a qualified
technician before combining amplifiers.
Q: Can I use the
XLR balanced out for another amp?
A: Yes, but be aware that this is a mic
level output. This means that the impedance and
level has not been set for typical instrument
Q: Is the Bassbone
a true bypass pedal?
A: No. the Bassbone is a preamp. To work
properly, we buffer the signal so the Bassbone
can drive two channels, the tuner and the effect
loop with no signal level loss.
Q: Can you explain
A: In real terms, 'true bypass' means that
when disengaging an effect pedal, the switch completely
disconnects the signal path and PC board from
the pedal. The intent of a true bypass switch
is to ensure the bass signal does not get affected
in any way by the effect pedal circuitry. Although
great in theory, true bypass switching generally
introduces an annoying pop during the switch process,
which can be devastating during a performance.
Q: Is the D.I. out
of the Bassbone Active or Passive?
A: Answer: The Bassbone's DI output is
Q: Can the Bassbone be used for guitar
instead of bass?
A: Yes! The EQ on the Bassbone follows the path set
by Leo Fender. The
Fender Bassman amplifier was the original amp that lead
Marshall and Fender to create all of their wonderful guitar
amplifiers and many top guitar
players still prefer to use the original Bassman for guitar
sound today. The
Bassbone sounds great with guitar! Very clean and natural
Q: Can I use a distortion pedal
in the effects loop insert on the
A: Yes, you can use the effects loop on the Bassbone
But most bass players find that when the add distortion,
they prefer to
retain the bass sound and then mix in distortion. We create
specifically to do this call the BigShot MIX. The Tonebone
Classic will give
you more of a growl distortion like an old Ampeg SVT while
the Hot British
distortion will create more overtones. Mixing in the distortion
MIX works really well for this.
Q: Is the Bassbone effects
loop wired in series or parallel ?
A: It is in series... so 100% wet or however you
set your effects
Q: I've noticed a significant drop
in volume level on both channels compared with bypass mode.
What's up with that?
A: The Bassbone is a unity gain device. This means
that when you turn the
levels up to full, they should play about the same level
as when connected directly. Because the Bassbone buffers
your signal, you will be able to run longer cables without
added noise, thus allowing the Bassbone to be used at a
lower level, while your amp is set slightly higher. This
design approach seems to deliver a good balance between
headroom and performance.
Keep in mind the EQ is extremely powerful... so your overall
output level is hugely dependent on how it is set.
Q: Which pedal would you recommend for use switching between acoustic and electric guitar?
A: It depends on what you are trying to do:
For a simple selector, the BigShot i/o has two inputs and one of these has a level control to attenuate the signal. If you do not need any control for feedback or tone, this one works great. I would connect the acoustic guitar which is usually louder using the channel with the level control so that you could turn it down to match your electric guitar.
If you want a bit more control, the Bassbone is a good choice. I would use the electric guitar on the 'flat' channel so that it can feed your guitar amp with the original signal. I would use channel two on the acoustic where you would be able to control the tone.
For the most control over feedback, the PZ-Pre will let you adjust the filters to help the acoustic, but these settings will also affect the electric.
Most purists would use the BigShot i/0 as it is very simple and it also costs less!
Q: Can I use Phantom power to supply the Bassbone?
A: No. 48V phantom only produces around 5 to 10 milliamps of current while the
Bassbone requires 400 milliamps. Without current, we do not get sufficient
headroom and the result would be severe distortion.
Q: Will phantom power harm it?
A: No. Phantom power will not harm it, there are protective caps in the circuit.
Q: Can I use a regular electric and an upright bass with the Bassbone?
A: Yes... the Bassbone will work with both a regular electric bass and a low output upright bass. However, you will need a preamp with a piezo for the upright. If you do not have a preamp for your piezo, the PZ-Pre would be a better choice as it is able to handle both as it is equipped with a built-in PZB booster for the piezo.
Q: This is a good question. I will ask that it be posted on the web site.
A: Since most power amps have a -10dB or +4dB line level input, it is unlikely that the Bassbone will have enough power to drive the amp. However, some power amps do have a sensitivity adjustment to enable lower output devices like the Bassbone (-20dB) to be used.
Q: Is the DI quality of the Bassbone as high as the JDV?
A: No, not quite. The JDV is unique in that it employs a zero-negative feedback design that delivers a truly uncolored pure sound. The Bassbone is the opposite - in that it lets you to control your tone. Players like Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller use both as they are different tools.
Q: Can the Bassbone be used as both a DI and as a preamp for my bass rig?
A: Yes. This is exactly what it is designed to do!