Radial BigShot I/O True-bypass Instrument Selector

2-instrument Switching Pedal with Tuner Output, Bright Switch, Level Control, and True Bypass
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Effectively Switches Between Two Instrument Inputs

Radial Engineering's BigShot I/O switching pedal makes switching between two different instruments easy and reliable. The pedal's two switches allow you to select between two instruments on the fly or mute your entire signal. The BigShot I/O's onboard Trim and variable level for Input-2 ensure the level of your instruments can be exactly matched or dialed to taste. Flip the Tuner Out switch, and you'll enjoy constant monitoring of your tuning without affecting your signal. And the BigShot I/O is very popular at Sweetwater for its passive, true-bypass design.

Radial Engineering BigShot I/O True-bypass Instrument Selector Pedal Features:
  • I/O pedal that switches between 2 instrument inputs
  • Mute footswitch is effective for tuning or between songs
  • Tuner output sends your signal to your favorite tuner
  • Passive, true-bypass circuit retains your core tone
  • Bright, Trim, and Input-2 controls dial in your instrument's tone to taste
Control your multi-instrument setup with the BigShot I/O pedal.

Tech Specs

Type Instrument switcher with true bypass (Hi-Z or line level)
Inputs 2 x 1/4" (instrument in)
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (main out), 1 x 1/4" (tuner)
Power Source Passive (9V DC power supply for LED's only, sold separately)
Height 2"
Width 3.6"
Depth 3.9"
Weight 1.25 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number R800 7212 00

Customer Reviews

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Just what I needed

I needed a way to change basses quickly & quietly. The Radial Bigshot I/O has worked perfectly for me, in fact now my guitar player has bought one. The input 2 controls make this unit a wonderful piece of equipment, I am able to adjust my basses so their outputs are evenly matched to one another, the mute switch is also a plus! Mount this on your pedal board & go with no loss of signal & no unwanted tone loss. Highly recommended.
Music background: working bass player, sound engineer

Great utility piece of gear!

I had the previous version which didn't have LED indicators for which input or weather mute was on. Always a bit frustrating. Now they actually listened to me (and I'm sure others) and put LED indicators on the ped. Awesome!! no more guessing. The trade off is to power the LED's you need to power the pedal. Worth it IMO. features are very usable and i love this ped. Not sexy (well now it is with the LED inclusion) but it has a place in my utility gear bag! Real world piece of gear! ADAM
Music background: full time pro guitarist

Did the job.

I just used this on a musical where I had to switch between upright and electric. It made switching seamless and effortless. Using the second input I could lessen the signal from my electric so my amp could be turned up high enough to get a good sound from my much more passive realist pickup on the upright. It made for a good balance when switching between the two. A little pricey I think but it'll do the trick. Wish I had gotten it sooner.

Awesome Switcher

I was looking for a switcher so I could switch between acoustic and electric quickly for our church praise band. This was the perfect solution. The pedal is well constructed and has features the slightly less expensive switchers just couldn't match. The tuner options were nice but the coolest thing was the input 2 controls. Because I am using an active pickup on my acoustic, it goes into input 2 so I can match the output from the passive pickups on my electric (input 1). In this new version of the pedal, you don't need to use a power supply, but it helps to tell you the state of the pedal. The first time I tried adding power I got a bunch of static on my output. I thought it was my cables at first, then the pedal, but found that when I swapped the power supply for one with less power output everything quieted down nicely.
Music background: Church praise band for 20 years, high school and college marching band

Good, but . . .

This is a good device, but for one major issue. I bought the BigShot to enable me to switch between my Gibson ES-339 and my American Standard Strat (running into a Line 6 Helix). The Gibson, with its Humbuckers, is quite a bit louder than the Strat with its single coils. No problem--I could use the BigShots's built-in Trim knob to decrease the volume of the 339 to match that of the Strat. While this is a great idea in concept, it failed miserably insofar as my Gibson experienced MAJOR tone suck. I even used the BigShot's Bright switch to compensate, per the unit's instructions, but there was still a very noticeable darkening of the tone. On the positive side, when NOT using the Trim control the unit is completely transparent--there is NO tone suck at all when not using the Trim control. And I like the LED lights indicating which guitar is active, the Mute switch, and the dedicated Tuner Out feature. I haven't seen any other instrument switcher that has these additional features all together.
Music background: Contemporary Christian worship
See also: Footswitches, Radial, Radial Footswitch / Selector Pedals