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
SWITCHBONE V2 FAQ
What is the difference between an AB and an ABY amp switcher?
An AB box is a switcher that allows the musician to select one amp (A) or the other (B). These are usually passive devices that simply wire a switch to two outputs. An ABY incorporates the same AB functionality with the added features of being able to turn both amps on (Y) at the same time.
Can I use any two amplifiers with the Switchbone?
Absolutely! The Switchbone V2 is exceptionally well outfitted to manage the variable of connecting two different amps together. Simply take the time to read the manual for hints on how to best proceed.
Can you explain the effect benefit of switching the polarity?
The 180° polarity reverse function allows you to correctly line up the polarity or absolute phase of the amplifiers that you are using. If the amps are out of phase, this means that the cones on one amp's speakers will be pushing air outward (towards you) while the other will be pulling air in the opposite direction. This will cancel out sound from both amps, greatly reducing low and mid frequencies, making the amps sound distant.
What is the difference between phase and polarity?
In guitar lingo these terms are interchanged, however in true electrical terms they are different. Reversing the polarity is switching the positive and the negative wires around. Phase is actually in the time domain. A signal can be 30° out of phase with another causing the sound to be muddy. 180⁰ absolute phase shift sounds identical to reversing the polarity.
How does the Switchbone V2 eliminate switching noise?
Most ABY boxes cause a click or thump when switching. The Switchbone uses a series of expensive devices called opto-couplers (two per switch) that ramp the signal up and down to quietly perform this task. We go to this extreme because when a guitar amp is set to distortion, the input sensitivity is increased dramatically and clicks and pops caused by switching are amplified.
Why is there a mid boost in the power boost circuit?
Guitars live in the 'mid-range'. This means that if you want your guitar to cut through the mix during a solo or if you intend to increase sustain, adding mid frequencies is essential.
Will Drag™ control still work if pedals are in front of the Switchbone V2?
That depends. If you are using true-bypass pedals and they are turned off, the Drag™ control will be 100% effective. If, on the other hand, you are using non-true-bypass pedals or a buffer to drive your guitar signal the Drag™ control will have very little effect.
Can I use the Switchbone V2 to record in the studio?
Yes of course! The Switchbone is extremely clean and will work fine in the studio. It is particularly useful when testing different amps and effect combinations as it allows you to instantly compare setups.
Can I use the Switchbone V2 with an acoustic guitar?
Yes. The most common application is connecting the two outputs from the Switchbone to two or three channels on the PA system. This lets you set one channel up for finger-picking, the other for strumming and maybe a third for soloing.
Can I use the Switchbone V2 on electric bass?
Yes. Although using two bass amps on stage is not often done, it can be great fun. You can also use the Switchbone to select between the bass amp and maybe a direct box connected to the PA system.
Can I place effects pedals after the Switchbone V2, before the signal arrives at the amps?
You can. However, this could compromise the noise eliminating advantages of the transformers and ground lifts. If you intend to do this, try to have all of your amps and pedals connected to a single power bar. This will often help reduce noise.
How does the Switchbone V2 react to fuzz and wah pedals when connected?
Fuzz and wah pedals react with the pickups and is part of their tone makeup. If you place the Switchbone in between the guitar and a fuzz, you will negate this effect and it will not sound the same.
Can the Switchbone V2 be used 'backwards' to switch between two guitars instead of two amplifiers?
No. Because it employs a buffer or pre-amp to drive the signal, the amplifier stops the signal from returning back into the signal path. There are several Tonebone devices that can be used for this purpose including the BigShot i/o™ and the Mix-Blender™.
Can I use the Switchbone V2 to switch between two channels on my amplifier?
Yes, the Switchbone V2 will allow you to connect to both channels on your amplifier and switch between them when needed. This is often done when using vintage amps that are not equipped with channel switching capabilities, using one channel for rhythm and the other for lead.
Can I use the Y function on the Switchbone VT so that both channels are on at the same time?
Yes. Make sure you use the polarity reverse switch to align both channels so that they play in phase. This way, you will not cancel out the sound.
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. Always ensure that you are feeding your Tonebone power from a center-pin positive supply.
I have an ABY connected to a Fender® and a Vox® and am getting huge hum. What do I do?
This is a common problem with most ABY boxes. First, try connecting both amps and your pedals using a single power bar as this can sometimes help. Make sure you do not exceed the current rating of the circuit! To fully eliminate the hum, you need to get an ABY box that has transformer isolation on the outputs like the Tonebone BigShot ABY™, the Twin-City™ or the Switchbone V2.
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