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 V2 DEVELOPMENT
It's hard to believe that the original Bassbone has been around for over a decade. Over the years, thousands of Bassbones have been shipped around the world where it has played a pivotal role in live performances and recording sessions with the most demanding players.
It all started with the concept of providing the bass player with a means of effectively controlling two basses on stage at the same time. With today's music, it is more common than not to see a player transition from a passive vintage Fender P-Bass to an active 5-string. Since these two instruments are so very different in terms of output level, frequency range and dynamics, gracefully moving from one to the other requires significant adjustments with the stage amp and the PA. The Bassbone makes it easy.
As more and more Bassbones were put in use, comments from players around the globe came back with either requests for work-arounds or suggestions on improvements that could be made. The Bassbone V2 brings these extra features to life yet retains the same compact enclosure that makes it easy to take to a gig.
Switching between two basses
I remember a conversation we had with John Patitucci. He suggested that the Bassbone had to be as small as possible. But wait... John primarily plays an upright bass? Why is small so important? It turns out that with the high cost of air freight, reducing the gear to the smallest size possible is essential.
With two basses, having two separate volume controls is a necessity. We then looked at the EQ. The only way we could provide a separate EQ for each bass would be to make the unit larger. This, in fact, became the Bassbone OD. This larger unit is designed specifically for those that require maximum control and adds a built-in overdrive for more character. The Bassbone V2 was kept small and retains the original EQ design from the first generation whereby bass-1 is EQ'd using the stage amp while bass-2 passes through a very powerful passive-interactive EQ that will counter the effect on the amp. Two additional pre-set curves on input-1 are designed to accentuate a passive bass or make older vintage amps sound more modern.
Making one bass sound like two
Another slick feature that is found in the original is the ability to use the Bassbone V2 as a two channel preamp. Once we got playing with the EQ we realized not only how powerful it was, but how musical it sounded. This got us thinking: Why not allow a bass player to take one bass to a gig, but make it sound as if he has two totally different basses on stage? The Bassbone V2's three-band EQ is so powerful you can carve the sound of your bass to create an almost unlimited range of sub-sonic landscapes.
The magic lies with input-2's ¼" switching jack. When input-2 is not in use, the signal from input-1 is automatically routed to input-2 and all you have to do is hit the footswitch selector to change channels. You can set channel-1 for a traditional bass tone and then go wild using the EQ on channel-2.
Doubling up with a contrabass
Over the years, one of the most common refrains came from bassists that double between an electric bass and an upright. The trouble with uprights is that most piezo pickup systems are not very faithful to the original tone and when you plug a piezo into a regular direct box, the sound is often thin and peaky. The problem, as we discovered, is not so much the piezo transducer itself, but the electronic preamp that acts as the interface between the bass's piezo transducer and the amplifier.
Piezos are extremely finicky devices that work best when presented with a very high input impedance. However, as you increase the impedance, noise becomes a problem. Most circuit designers simply use a lower impedance – typically 1 meg ohms – or compromise the audio circuit in order to eliminate noise. The Bassbone V2 is different: We added a PZB booster on channel-2 that increases the impedance from 220k-ohms - which sounds warm with a magnetic pickup - to 10 meg-ohms for piezos. The higher impedance widens the frequency response to bring out the rich bottom end and eliminates the squawks and peaks. In fact, you get so much bottom end that we have added a high-pass filter to help control the excessive resonance when playing live.
Adding effects without losing bass
If you have ever tried a distortion pedal, overdrive or chorus on your bass you know how much these pedals can mess up your tone. These 'guitar effects' take away all of the low frequencies leaving you with a tone that lacks clarity, punch and bass.
With the Bassbone V2 we incorporated a true effects-send and receive circuit, akin to what you find on a mixing console. We then added an all-important wet-dry control and a dedicated footswitch to turn it on. This lets you connect pedals at will and dial-in as much of the effect as you like without killing the original bass tone. You finally get to keep your cake and eat it too! Best of all, you can assign the effects loop to bass-1, bass-2 or both – giving you absolute freedom.
Turn it up or turn it off!
Another cool addition is the way the boost footswitch can be assigned to be a power booster or a mute. No... you cannot do both... but then again, do you need to?
When set to boost, you can increase the output so that your 10 minute bass solo stands out. When set to mute, you can quietly tune-up in between songs or mute your bass so that the signal going to your amp and the PA is off in between sets.
Getting the sound right
At Radial, we are truly uncompromising when it comes to tone. In fact, this is the reason why so many of the world's most prominent bass players use Radial as part of their signal chain. We pay particular attention to signal handling, frequency response and phase accuracy in order to minimize artifact and distortion.
Like the rest of our DI box range, the Bassbone's built-in Radial direct box sounds amazing. It is musical, warm and works as well in the studio as it does live. In fact, it is so good that you can use it without an amp when playing smaller gigs or promotional tours where bringing an amp may not be practical.
In our view... the mark of a top bass player is their fluidity. Not just in their playing, but their ability to move from one musical genre to another without missing a beat. The Bassbone V2 is a bass preamp that facilitates this fluidity and is why so many of the world's most prominent players use it every day.
Bassbone V2 – The next generation in bass control
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