Radial Tonebone ClassicItem ID: ToneboneCl
Distortion Pedal with Variable Drive Control and Mid-Boost Switch
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Tonebone Classic is all About Tone, Dynamics and Individuality.American guitar tradition. The natural distortion of the original Bassman, the sweet-spot of a Vintage Tweed, to those hot-rod amp tones that that smoke the blues and whistle Dixie all night long. They're are all in the Classic.
Radial Tonebone Classic at a Glance:
The Tonebone Classic is an extremely flexible distortion pedal. With three drive settings and a variable drive control, you can dial in everything from dirt to drastic and everywhere in between. The Tonebone Classic's design is based on vintage overdrive sounds that started in the 1960's and 1970's and today remain some of the most sought after tones. The Classic is exceptionally dynamic and transparent and as such, is extremely adept at retaining your playing style and signature. Even at high distortion settings, you can turn your guitar level down and the Classic cleans up naturally and without the noise, hum or buzz that is common with most other pedals. At higher settings, every note remains distinct and the natural tone of the instrument shines through.
Drive and Level Controls
The Tonebone Classic design follows the way a guitar amplifier works whereby the input DRIVE is akin to the input channel volume, while the LEVEL control acts more like a master volume control.
As such, the DRIVE control provides overall input gain to the distortion circuit. This works in conjunction with the 3-position DRIVE switch that controls low, mid or high distortion range settings. At low settings, the Classic creates lighter rock & roll tones like the sounds you would hear from Keith Richards or the cleaner side of Hendrix. In the mid-distortion range, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton type tones come alive. At the higher distortion settings, Eddie Van Halen to Eric Johnson type solo tones can be created while big chunky rhythm tones from Boston to ZZ Top to Deep Purple are also easily attained.
Equalization and Tonal Structure
The Tonebone Classic employs active post-distortion equalization for maximum flexibility. Tone shaping is performed with three controls and two switches thus allowing the guitarist to dial in the type of tonal structure that may be desired.
HIGH and LOW equalization are extremely active providing up to 15dB of gain control. These work in conjunction with the TOP-END and MID-BOOST controls. Overall shaping begins with the TOP-END control with choice of Dark, Normal or Bright settings which are used to compensate for the tonal characteristics of the amplifier. The FILTER control overlaps the high-end with a subtle roll-off to further compensate for overly bright amplifiers.
The MID-BOOST switch is used to fatten-up single coil pick-ups or to add 'meat' to the tone for additional cut during soloing. The Classic's mid-range frequencies have been carefully selected to work with popular amplifiers like Twins and Marshalls. These settings are extremely effective at compensating for 'clean' oriented channels on classic tube amplifiers.
Radial Tonebone Classic Features:
Ask any professional guitar player and they will tell you that nothing is more important than tone. The Radial Tonebone is rich in harmonics and huge in its tonal range. From fat, cutting-edge rhythms to powerful screaming solos, the Tonebone Classic has it all!
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Mike, Cheney, WA
Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
by Tim McGovern from Seattle, Wa. USAcalling this a distortion pedal doesn't do it justice...i have two Class A amps that are single channel clones of hi-watt and JTM 45 and this pedal is more like adding a gain channel.....i can easily ... read more [+]replicate the tone of these amps by making simple adjustments on the Tonebone's switches and knobs and add sick gain, or fat classic tone depending on what i want .....and still not lose any of the punch/bite/growl of my boutique heads.......i might have gotten the hot british version but i already have an Orange TH30 which needs no gain..lol...and the two brit clones i have sound gorgeous and now they have more gain without modification with the Tonebone..it is perfect! close [-]
May 29, 2012
Music Background: professional musician since 1966, engineer/producer
Amazing Pedal - More like a Preamp
by Tom Murphy from Boone, NC USADemo'd this pedal along side a fulltone OCD and it took five minutes to realize the OCD was going back. nothing against fulltone (the deluxe wah is my favorite pedal) but this drive is pure heaven. ... read more [+]I gravitate toward plexi/blackface distortion more than JCM cruch and this box nails the tube breakup while maintaining clarity (crucial as i fingerpick a bunch). I use it in front of a Jet City 20watt combo (awesome amp; hope sweetwater looks into carrying them) and it's more like a second channel on the tube amp than an overdrive pedal. The build quality is great, all metal and heavy; no plastic crap. Having high/low tone pots plus top end and mid boost switches means you can create any eq sound you need, but the best part is the filter pot. took me a while to realize this is the key and really allows you to dial it in; subtle but so effective. Same thing with gain. you have a drive pot, a three way switch, and output level. so flexible that you can add anything from just a hair of warmth/fuzz to all out mayhem. I could see this box being a great secret weapon for electronic musicians bringing signals OTB and adding real tube distortion. the distortions i've used in my vox tonelab and logic pro not to mention boss, etc. don't even come close to the tonebone. i've used and have many different overdrive/distortion boxes including a lot of software models but i haven't used anything but the tonebone is the five months since i got it. she's all i need. worth every penny. thanks radial; you guys rock! close [-]
February 11, 2011
Music Background: Guitar/Bass/Recording Engineer/Music Junkie
Radial Tonebone Classic
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