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Bass Preamp/DI with Two Channels, Effects Loop, and Balanced XLR Output
Item ID: Bassbone

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A Tonebone for Bass!

The Radial Bassbone is a bass-themed addition to the wildly popular Tonebone series of pedals and direct injection interfaces. The Bassbone provides two channels of bass-shaping abilities with a powerful and flexible 3-band EQ, independent level controls for both channels, and a boost function that adds gain for soloing. An effects loop, tuner out, and balanced XLR output round out the feature set. The previous guitar-centric Tonebones have found their way into the rigs of the world's hottest guitarists, and the Bassbone is proving to be popular with leading bassists.

Radial Bassbone at a Glance:
  • Great for two-bass stage setups
  • Two sounds from one bass
  • Effects loop
  • Great for small intimate gigs

Great for two-bass stage setups
Today, with the collision of so many musical genres, the performing bassist generally requires two instruments to meet the demand for tonal range. Often times, the choice of instruments will include a passive vintage instrument like an old Fender P-Bass and a new generation five or six string active. Both instruments are at extreme odds with respect to tonal range and output level. The problem occurs when swapping these instruments on stage whereby the amplifier settings must be reset to conform to each instrument's particular sound. So how do bassists address the problem? They don't. They have been forced to compromise. Until now...

Two sounds from one bass
When performing with one bass, the challenge comes down to achieving a greater palette of sounds to address the various musical styles required when playing cover tunes or creating new musical landscapes. This is partially addressed with two channel amplifiers, but playing with one bass still forces a compromise with respect to EQ control and limited access to boost settings for soloing - Bassbone solves both problems.

When only one bass is connected, the Bassbone converts to a two-channel controller with a footswitch to toggle between channels. Channel-1 drives your amp directly with regular settings while Channel-2's ultra powerful 3-band EQ lets you shape alternate sounds from thunderous deep bass to solo-cutting power mids. Bassbone also includes a power boost section that acts on either channel, giving you four completely different settings with one bass! Finally - real control when you play!

Effects loop
Another major concern for bass players is bringing effect pedals in and out of the signal chain. Bass frequencies are the most powerful and demanding of any signal path. This is why bass amplifiers generally require two to four times more power than the accompanying guitar amplifier. The same law of physics also applies at the electronic circuit level. This forces circuit designers to make decisions such as compromising dynamic range versus noise, using higher quality parts versus saving money and so on. The problem with most 9-Volt effect pedals is that they do not have sufficient headroom to produce clean, solid bass. As these are typically not true bypass designs, bass players are forced to compromise by keeping these effects in the signal chain even when not in use. This causes the signal to degrade and adds noise.

Bassbone comes to the rescue with a separate effect send-and-receive loop that can be activated with a simple footswitch. The effects loop can even be combined with the boost circuit, so cool effects such as flanging or chorus can be instantly kicked in for solos.

Great for small intimate gigs
When performing in small 'coffee house' gigs, bringing an amplifier may be cumbersome. The bass is often plugged into a direct box and then fed directly into a mixer which feeds the house speakers and stage monitors. Although this set up can get you by, it just does not sound right. The problem is the mixer's EQ center frequencies are tailored for general purpose (i.e., microphones for voice, percussion and instruments) and as such, the bass player is unable to achieve a 'real' bass sound. Bassbone gives you back the control to get your tone out there!

The Bassbone is essentially a 2-channel bass preamp with a built-in balanced XLR output for the mixer. This means that the EQ controls have been designed specifically for bass guitar frequencies so that you can get great sounds easily. This also means that you can connect the Bassbone to your mixer and have total control over your sound going through the PA. As the XLR out is post-effect, all changes such as channel selection, EQ, boost and effects are all sent to the mixer. It's like having your own personal sound engineer!

Radial Bassbone Features:
  • Input impedance: 470k ohm at input jack
  • Output impedance: 10K Ohm
  • Balanced XLR output impedance: 600 Ohms
  • LED indicators: Large 3 mm OD ultra-bright LED's
  • Boost level: Unity gain to +12dB
  • Switching: Heavy duty mechanical switches
  • Ground lift: Lifts ground at XLR output pin-1
  • Construction: 14 gauge steel, baked enamel finish
  • Size: 6.9x4.25x2.125"
  • Weight: 2.35lb
Keep your bass sounding its best with the Radial Bassbone!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number R800 7070

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See also: Bass Effects, Radial, Radial Bass Guitar Pedals & Effects