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
Bassbone USING & APPLICATIONS
This page walks through the Bassbone OD's functionality and is a great starting point to familiarize yourself with the basics. For complete details, please click the icon at left to download the full manual.
Setting-up the Bassbone OD
The Bassbone OD is a 2 channel preamp that is able to handle all types of instruments, depending on how it is configured. It is worth noting that although the Bassbone OD is 'designated' for bass, as a world-class quality preamp, it is equally well suited for other instruments. Some examples include:
- Selecting between two electric basses
- Using one bass with two channels
- Toggling between an upright bass and a passive bass
- Using it with a violin and an acoustic guitar
- Combining two pickups together
- Using a mic and a piezo on an upright bass
To configure the Bassbone OD, there are several side-access functions switches and controls that you set once and then can be pretty much forgotten.
On the right hand side, there are three functions. These are set first, the others later. When all three are in the out position, the Bassbone OD is set to 'normal' where both inputs are set to a moderate impedance that works well with both active and passive basses. The PZB switch located near the front changes the input impedance to 10 meg ohms and increases the sensitivity to make channel-1 suitable for piezo transducers. If you are planning to use this input for a cello, violin, dobro or upright, you would push this switch in. By increasing the impedance and properly loading the piezo, you will immediately notice a much broader frequency response and a much more natural sounding tone.
The BLEND switch located in the center is used to mix the two input channels together. You could for instance connect a piezo pickup in channel-A and a condenser microphone in channel-B by adding a StageBug SB48 power supply for 48V phantom power and then combine the two for a more natural tone. The two channels are then mixed together and EQd to suit. The third upper top function is the Drag Control – a load correction circuit that lets you dial in the perfect impedance on a magnetic pickup to simulate the sound as if connecting your vintage Fender P-Bass directly to your old Ampeg B15 tube amplifier. Drag is normally set to 12 o'clock and adjusted to suit. Rotating clockwise increases the load to make it sound brighter.
Another cool feature is the switching input jack on channel-A. When only using channel-A (input-B not used) the channel select footswitch will still work, enabling you to toggle between the two Bassbone OD channels like two channels on a bass amp. The passive-interactive equalizer is so powerful; it can turn your Jazz Bass into a Rickenbacker, a Hofner Beatle Bass or an active Alembic. This lets you switch between radical sounding tones for greater on-stage flexibility.
Once you have decided on how you want to configure the Bassbone OD, you are ready to make connections. Before you do, always ensure amp levels are turned down and PA or recording systems set to zero. This will help avoid turn-on or plug-in transients that could damage more sensitive components such as tweeters.
There are eight (8) connectors on the Bassbone OD:
Start by connecting your bass to channel-A. Set the EQ controls to 12 o'clock with the volume level control fully counter-clockwise to the off position. Connect the instrument output to your bass amp. Bring up the level on your bass amp and slowly increase the level on the Bassbone OD until you are listening at a comfortable level. It is good practice to always test at a low volume as this reduces the risk of equipment damage should a connection not be properly made which could cause a severe transient. There is no power switch on the Bassbone OD. As soon as you connect the 15VDC supply, it will turn on.
Start by testing the bass, mid and treble controls so that you familiarize yourself with their range. Note that the passive interactive design of the EQ intentionally shifts a lot of power in the tone controls. This enables you to 'override' the tone controls on your amp and sculpt the tone as needed. The mid-range control is equipped with a 3-position switch that lets you set the center frequency to suit. To hear the effect, try boosting the mind range and then switch between the settings. Then, go back and cut the mids for fun. By depressing the toggle footswitch, you can activate channel-2 and create a completely different character.
Using the direct box output
The Bassbone OD is perfectly suited for both playing live and recording in the studio. The balanced XLR direct output is used to connect to the mic input of a mixing console. This low-Z active output is equipped with a ground lift switch to help eliminate hum and buzz caused by ground lops plus a polarity reverse switch which can be used to help offset phase issues between the stage amp and the PA or help eliminate resonant feedback when using the Bassbone OD with an acoustic instrument such as an upright or acoustic guitar. A pre-post switch lets you bypass the effects loop and overdrive to send the clean (post EQ) signal to the PA as some engineers prefer to work with a clean tone.
Using the overdrive
The Bassbone OD's distortion is designed to give you a wide range of effects from slight grit to over-the-top distortion. Although adding distortion to bass may sound a bit strange, there is good reason for this – particularly if you are using in-ear monitors. Distortion acts like a form of compression which elongates the fundamentals and harmonics while taming the peaks. This 'rounding' effect actually helps the bass by containing it and increasing the presence in a mix. On the other hand, too much distortion can pose a problem as the bass can become indistinct or get lost in the mix.
There are three controls for the overdrive: drive, tone and blend. The drive control works in conjunction with the input level to set the amount of distortion. The tone control is used to increase or decrease the amount of harmonic content and the blend control is used to mix-in as much distortion as you like with the original dry signal. Simply adjust to suit. The EFX footswitch may be set to turn on the overdrive, the effects loop or both. Stomp on the footswitch to activate the OD and pretend you are Eddie Van Halen!
Using the effects loop
At the top of Bassbone OD are two jacks labelled send and receive. These are designed to insert various pedals into the signal chain and remove them when not in use. The benefit of having an effects loop is that you can share the same effects with two instruments and route the signal to both the on-stage amp and PA system. Simply connect the send to your first pedal, create the loop and then bring it back into the Bassbone OD using standard ¼" hi-Z guitar cables.
You can activate the loop using the overdrive (OD) footswitch by moving the 3-position selector switch into the loop position. In this mode, the effects loop is routed via the wet-dry blend control to enable you to add as much of the effect to your dry signal as you like. Because it is fairly common to find guitar pedals that reverse the polarity of the signal, this can cause an unintended phase cancellation when combining wet effect with the dry signal. A dedicated 180° polarity reverse on the effects loop switch solves the problem.
You can also leave the loop on all the time by pushing in the side-access recessed loop switch on the left hand side. This bypasses the OD circuit and wet-dry blend control so that the effects can be 100% wet or arranged independently. When set this way, the OD footswitch only works on the overdrive effect, allowing you to use this without affecting the loop.
Adding a tuner and using the mute footswitch
The Bassbone OD is equipped with a separately buffered tuner output that will not interact with the bass or cause additional loading. This 'always on' output makes it easy to glance at your tuner if something sounds off. You can also use the mute footswitch to shut off all outputs (except the tuner out) for quiet on stage tuning.
Using the headphones for practicing
The Bassbone OD is equipped with a built-in headphone amp to enable you to use it for quiet practicing. Simply plug your ear-buds or headphones into the 3.5mm headphone output and adjust the level using a guitar pick as a screwdriver. The headphone output is fed from the stage amp output and will contain all of the effects and overdrive as set in the signal path.
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