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-V9
The Tonebone Classic-V9™ is an ultra-responsive distortion pedal that lets you precisely adjust and focus the intensity of the distortion to suit your playing style and develop your own musical voice.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 V9
The Hot-British V9™ is an updated solid-state version of the venerable Tonebone Hot British™ tube distortion pedal.London
The London is a super compact Marshall in a box. Features super rich, fat tones and dual-mode operation to seamlessly switch between rhythm and lead for soloing.Texas-Pro
The Texas-Pro is a compact but extremely powerful dual-function pedal, providing a versatile overdrive circuit as well as a high output signal booster.Regency
The Regency™ is a new type of pedal designed specifically to pre-emphasize the gain stage of today's high gain amps.North-Star
The North-Star™ is both an overdrive and a high-output power booster combined in one versatile and compact pedal.
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.MIX-BLENDER
The Mix-Blender™ is a multi-function pedal that lets you mix two instruments or effects together and then send the combined signal through a mixer-style effects loop for processing.
The Switchbone V2™ may well be the ultimate ABY/C guitar amp switcher. This device lets you switch and combine up to three guitar amplifiers without introducing distortion, switching noise or hum into the signal path.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.MIX-BLENDER
The Mix-Blender™ is a multi-function pedal that lets you mix two instruments or effects together and then send the combined signal through a mixer-style effects loop for processing.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.Twinline
The Radial Twinline™ is a unique device that enables a guitarist to share effects pedals between two amps when using the amplifiers' built-in (rear-panel) effects loops.Headlight
The Headlight™ is a unity gain guitar amp selector designed to easily integrate on a pedalboard and allow the artist to seamlessly switch between as many as four amps using a single footswitch.BigShot MIX
The BigShot MIX is an innovative pedal that lets you blend the original sound of your instrument with your effects pedals just like a studio mixer.
- PREAMPS & BUFFERSPZ-Pre
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.SHOTGUN
The Shotgun™ is a compact guitar-level signal buffer designed to drive up to four amplifiers simultaneously and fit nicely on any pedalboard.MIX-BLENDER
The Mix-Blender™ is a multi-function pedal that lets you mix two instruments or effects together and then send the combined signal through a mixer-style effects loop for processing.BUMPER
The Bumper™ is a unity gain instrument selector that lets you connect up to four instruments and progressively advance through each input using a sequential footswitch.Switchbone V2
The Switchbone V2™ may well be the ultimate ABY/C guitar amp switcher. This device lets you switch and combine up to three guitar amplifiers without introducing distortion, switching noise or hum into the signal path.JDX Direct-Drive
The Radial™ JDX Direct-Drive is a unique and powerful device that emulates the sound of a guitar amplifier while doubling as a direct box
Why do you call it a Trimode when it only has two distortion settings?
We felt that getting the 'clean, rhythm, lead' point across was so important that we had to come up with a name to relate the functionality. Trimode says it all.
Is the Trimode the same as having a Classic and a Hot British in a single pedal?
Yes and no. The Trimode's two channels have been voiced slightly differently to capture the very best rhythm and solo tones in a single unit. This allows the Trimode to get close to some of the fat tones that can be created with the Hot British. However, the Hot British employs three gain stages and a different circuit topology while the Classic employs two. The Trimode is more like two Classics in one pedal.
What is a hybrid design?
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..
What brand of tube is inside the Trimode?
The Trimode employs a standard 12AX7. We usually employ a Ruby Tube but this can change depending on availability.
Will changing the tube change the tone?
Yes, but only to a slight degree. Some players find that changing the tube adds a somewhat different character to the sound.
Is it difficult to change the Trimode tube?
No. Although it is not difficult, it does take some patience, as you have to remove all the knobs and connectors to do this. The user's manual provides complete details on the process.
Will the tube get hot?
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.
I thought tubes required high voltage to work?
This is true. To make tubes sound good and clean (without distortion) such as when used in a mic preamp, 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.
Can I use my 9V Boss supply with the Trimode?
No. 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. This is why we use a 15VDC supply.
Can I use the 16V or 18V output from my power brick?
Yes. But this will cause the regulator to heat up as it compensates for the extra voltage. This may shorten the lifespan of the pedal depending on how it is being used. If you choose to do so, make sure you supply the Tonebone with the correct polarity and sufficient current 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.
What is the benefit of having an effects loop? Can I not simply connect all my pedals in series?
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.
Is the FX loop before or after the distortion stage?
The effects loop is 'post distortion' (after) as the primary application would be for an effect like a delay which tends to be better when applied after distortion.
What is true bypass?
A True Bypass pedal is one whereby when the pedal effect is turned off, the sound of the guitar bypasses the internal circuit and connects directly to the amp. You can easily test to see if a pedal is true-bypass by disconnecting the power supply. If the clean guitar signal still passes, the pedal is true bypass.
Can I get 'Marshall' style tones with the Trimode?
Tone is subjective. Some users find the Trimode's tone to be very much like that of a Marshall, while others insist the Plexitube is the best 'Marshall-in-a-pedal' made today. It is safe to say that if you combine the Trimode 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 with total comfort.
Can I use the Trimode for two different lead tones?
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.
Is the Interstage™ drive a third drive stage?
No. It acts more like an input attenuator for the signal going from the rhythm channel into the 2nd gain stage. Turning it counter-clockwise increases the level and drive.
How can I increase sustain with my tone?
Generally, 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.
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