Since our early beginnings in the 1970's, we envisioned a concept whereby having three primary sounds on stage would provide the guitarist with a foundation to get the job done. Our first tube amplifier design was in fact the very first 3-channel amp ever made. This enabled the guitarist to seamlessly transition from 'clean, rhythm and lead' to deliver a more professional performance on stage. This same philosophy holds true today and is the foundation behind the Trimode design and feature set.

But functionality is only part of the special sauce that makes the Trimode what it is. The real magic is in the tone and dynamics that can be conjured up. The Trimode's incredible versatility and powerful controls enable you to carve out tones that are unique so that you can truly express your individuality.

If you think about it… all great guitarists have their distinct sound. Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Lukather, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, and so many others. You hear them on the radio and you immediately recognize their signature sound. These great artists carved out their sound using certain guitars, amps and effects that together enabled their playing style to shine through.

The Trimode is designed with this in mind. It provides the serious guitarist with the scope and range to create a distinct sound and the dynamic control to articulate each nuance of one's playing style. The Trimode is the ideal creative tool for shaping your own signature sound.

The philosophy behind the controls

Based around the award-winning Tonebone Classic, the Trimode is a 12AX7 equipped tube distortion pedal that combines the dynamics and control of our unique dual-gain stage overdrive circuit with the warmth and natural harmonic generation that is only possible when using a tube. And just like the Radial Tonebone Classic, the Trimode's tone and distortion philosophy follows the American tradition set by Leo Fender some 50 years ago, the very root of all the finest tube amplifiers made today.

It is equipped with separate input drive and output level controls for both rhythm and lead channels. Each of these work like a guitar amp with preamp gain and master volume that lets you set each channel for the desired amount of saturation. The two overdrive channels feature slightly different tonal structures that have been voiced to accentuate the performance. The rhythm channel is slightly tighter to ensure the distinctiveness of each string is retained even when the tone is highly saturated. With the lead channel, attention has shifted to offer more cut and sustain. The differences are subtle, yet very musical.

Approaching the Trimode is both natural and intuitive. Set the overall drive gain for slight overdrive, crunch or full-on saturation. Adjust the tone using the high and low EQ and then fine tune the distortion between each channel by adjusting the drive and output. If you want more sustain, engage the mid boost. If your amp is too dark, compensate by adjusting the top end or simply smooth it out using the fine-tune filter.

Strap on your guitar, plug into the Trimode, close your eyes and pick. Softly at first... then dig in. Listen to the dynamics – this is the magic that has made the critically acclaimed Tonebone Classic one of the most successful tube distortion pedals of our time.