During the development
process, we found that the type of player that
would use a multi-channel Tonebone Hot British
would approach his tonal selection very differently
than a player using a multi-channel Tonebone Classic.
For rhythm, Classic player tends to look for tones
that begin with slight overdrive that sound like
an amp breaking up and the lead tones tend towards
Clapton and Hendrix where mid range is prominent.
The Trimode accomplishes this by providing two
separate input drive levels and output levels
like a traditional two channel amp.
The Plexitube is different.
The metal player has pretty much determined that
he will be working with full-on distortion but
needs to severely alter the tone as he transitions
between rhythm and lead. For rhythm, the tones
need to range from ‘in your face Marshall’
to huge scooped out mid tones that create sonic
wall. For leads, the tone shifts to cut through
the mix without being overly loud.
In technical terms, it
comes down to how much of the frequency spectrum
you want to control. The human voice and the solo
guitar live in the midrange while bass and drums
sit below and cymbals sit on top in the high-frequency
zone. The scooped out mid tones that have become
signature to so many of today’s metal guitar
players move the sound energy out of the mid range
zone into the bass and high frequency zones, leaving
the mid range free for the voice and lets the
lead guitar cut through.
The Plexitube presents
the guitarist with two distinct channels that
meet with commonality, but expand off to their
distinct roles to optimize both lead and rhythm
tones. This is achieved by allowing the player
to select various voicing curves and tune them
in using the contour control.
||Xtra scoop mid
As detailed above, the
3 position voicing switch on each channel is arranged
slightly differently whereby on the rhythm channel,
its voicing control is always active. This differs
from the lead channel by introducing an ‘extra
scoop mid’ instead of the original Hot British
setup that would let you bypass the voicing altogether.
This option is however maintained on channel-2.
Keep in mind that either
channel may be used for rhythm or lead for two
different rhythm or lead tones from a single pedal.
A rhythm guitarist may wish to transition between
a ‘Boston’ or ‘Doobie Brothers’
style distortion that is rich in the mid range
and then punch in a ‘Metalica’ or
‘Nirvana’ style scooped tone as he
transitions from song to song. The Plexitube easily
makes this possible. For the lead guitarist that
is looking for two different solo tons, the Plexitube
lets you transition from ‘Van Halen’
type saturation to ‘Queen’ style bandpass
These drastic tonal variations
are attained by selecting the voice control to
either boost or cut the mid range and adjusting
the contour to find the ‘sweet spot’
for the tone you are looking for. One thing for
sure, the Plexitube will never leave you short
when it comes to creating new and exciting tonal
To further advance ‘playability’,
the Plexitube introduces the concept of an effects
loop in the solo channel. This unique feature
lets you create a separate pedal chain for soloing
that will automatically activate the moment you
toggle from rhythm to lead. You could for instance
have a delay ready and waiting so that when you
hit channl-2 for a solo, the delay also goes on
with a single foot stomp. No more tap dancing!
This feature makes performing on stage easier
and gives the impression of a more professional
The Tonebone Plexitube
steps up on-stage performance with great tone
and grater functionality.