Q: What is a hybrid
A: The Tonebone
Classic Trimode combines tube and solid-state. The tube provides the harmonics and 'character' and the solid-state gain
stages provide the saturation. We found that this
winning combination provides great tone, lots
of dynamics and low noise..
Q: What kind
of tube is inside the Trimode?
A: The Trimode
employs a standard 12AX7. 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 Trimode running cool.
Q: I thought tubes required high voltage
This is true. To make tubes sound good and clean,
they need lots of voltage. Since we are not trying
to get the tubes to sound good, but rather trying
to get the tubes to distort, we starve them to
suit our purpose. Nasty trick… but it works.
it difficult to change the Trimode’s tube?
it is not difficult, it does take some time, as
you have to remove all the knobs and connectors
off to do this. The user’s manual provides
complete details on the process.
Q: Why does the Trimode
require 15VDC to work?
A: Even though
we are starving the tubes, we still need sufficient
voltage to get the heater coils to work. The typical
9V supply just doesn't have sufficient voltage
to do the job.
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.
is the benefit of having an effects loop? Can
I not simply connect all my pedals in series?
A: The advantage
of having an effects loop is that it allows you
to take pedals out of the signal chain when they
are not in use. This reduces noise and will provide
you with better tone. Most pedals are not ‘true
bypass’ and therefore introduce a load on
the signal which will affect the clean tone.
As for using all of your pedals in series, you
can do this, however you would be better off minimizing
the number of pedals on the main circuit , as
you will enjoy better dynamics and less noise.
Q: What is true bypass?
A: The term
'true bypass' comes from problems associated with
some pedals that even when off, have the effect
of loading down the pickup. This means that instead
of 100% of the signal bypassing the effect pedal,
some of it is absorbed into the pedal even when
it is not being used. The perfect ‘true
bypass’ switch would be one that completely
disconnects the pedals PC board and circuit from
the signal path. Unfortunately, this type of mechanical
switching causes pops in the audio path when switched
in and out.
Q: Can I get ‘Marshall’
style tones with the Trimode?
A: Tone is
subjective. If you read the comments on Harmony
Central, you will find that some users find the
Classic’s tone to be very much like that
of a Marshall, while others insist the Hot British
is the best ‘Marshall-in-a-pedal’
made. It is safe to say that if you combine the
Classic with a good amp, a good guitar and a good
pair of hands, you can get some excellent sounds
and be able to perform most musical styles. Try
Q: Can I use the Trimode for two different
A: Yes of
course. We only refer to channel-1 as the rhythm
channel for reference sake. The Trimode's rhythm
channel is voiced very much like the original
Tonebone Classic™ while the solo channel
has been voiced for a bit more bite. Both will
yield exceptional lead tones.
Q: Is the Interstage™ drive a third drive
A: No. It
acts more like an input trim to the 2nd gain stage.
Turning it counter-clockwise increases the level
Q: Do you plan to make a three mode Hot British
we do... it's called the Plexitube!
Q: What is the difference
between the Hot British and the Classic Trimode’s
A: The Classic
and Classic Trimode employ two gain stages while
the Hot British employs three gain stages. This
allows the Classic to clean up like a real tube
amp while the Hot British will produce more harmonics
Q: How can I get more sustain with my tone?
there are two types of sustain: A heavily distorted
tone will provide plenty of sustain at low levels.
A clean sustain is generally played louder and
is created by controlled feedback with added mid
range. The Trimode is able to do both.
Q: Is the FX loop
before or after the distortion stage?
The effects loop is post distortion as the primary
application would be for an effect like a delay
or a chorus which tend
to be better suited when applied after distortion.
Q: Are the pedals
in the Trimode and Plexitube loop always available,
or is the loop energized when you switch the pedal
from "bypass" to "on"?
A: The effects
loop works in conjunction with the solo channel.
Therefore, an effect like a delay will only go
on when the solo channel is activated. When in
true-bypass, the pedals in the effects loop and
the distortion will be out of the signal path.
Q: Can I set up different
lead sounds using pedals?
A: Yes. You
still turn on or off the effects in the loop to
sounds. For instance you could have a chorus and
delay and use one, the other or both for specific
solos. For something really fun, try using an
EQ to create Queen-style tones. .