Radial Tonebone Hot British Distortion Pedal

Distortion Pedal with Variable Drive Control and Mid-Boost Switch
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Radial Tonebone Hot British Distortion Pedal
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The Tonebone Hot British is Distortion at its Best!

The Tonebone Hot British sweeps you from Liverpool to London, from the sound of a 4x12 double stack to the power-chord mayhem of metal thrashing over barbed wire. Tube distortion for those that want extreme.

Radial Tonebone Hot British at a Glance:
  • Distortion pedal based on high-gain amplifier designs.
  • Drive and level controls.
  • High and low EQ, Mid-Boost, 3-position voicing switch and contour control.

From fat hot-wired Marshall tones to the huge scooped out mid sounds, the Hot British is blistering brute force extraordinaire! Based on high-gain amplifier designs, the Hot British is tailored to extract ultra-rich harmonics and full-on saturated tube settings without the mud or noise that is typical with other pedals. The powerful EQ settings truly allow the player to dial in to the type of tones that create everything from chunky rhythms to sizzling lead solos. Best of all, even when pushing the Tonebone Hot British beyond the limits, the natural dynamics and feel of the player still shines through.

Drive and Level Controls

The Hot British 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.

The DRIVE control provides overall input gain to the distortion circuit. When used in conjunction with the EQ controls, the Hot British easily allows one to emulate the rhythm tones reminiscent of ZZ-Top, Metallica, Megadeath and Soundgarden. For soloing, the wailing tones popularized by players like Eddie Van Halen, Richie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Randy Rhodes are also easily attained.

Equalization and Tonal Structure

The Tonebone Hot British employs active post-distortion equalization for maximum flexibility. Tone shaping is performed with three controls and three 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, MID-BOOST and VOICING 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 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 Hot British 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.

The three-position VOICING switch works with the CONTOUR control for radical souped-up tones. The FAT position develops huge blistering solo tones and the cut-through power to get past the noise when you have to. The V or 'scoop' position is used to cut the mids while allowing the lower and upper harmonics to remain, creating huge chunky rhythms when building a wall of sound with a solid foundation. Big.

Radial Tonebone Hot British Features:
  • LEVEL control:Used to balance the output level between the input drive without altering any of the tonal characteristics. Works somewhat like a master volume on an amplifier.
  • HIGH & LOW controls:Post distortion active tone controls that boost or cut from 12 o'clock position. Low:+/- 14.5dB @ 100Hz; High:+/- 10dB @ 4.3kHz.
  • CONTOUR control:Used in conjunction with the VOICING selector switch, the passive contour control dials in the mid-center frequency for either cut in the V' position or boost in the FAT position.
  • DRIVE control:Used in conjunction with the drive gain switch, drive is used to adjust the overall amount of gain to the overdrive circuit.
  • TOP END switch:Switch sets the overall tonal character of the Hot British to best match the amp and it's settings. Brighter amps are normally compensated with darker settings. Bright:Boosts +6dB @ 10kHz; Flat:No boost; Dark:Cuts -6dB @ 1.8kHz.
  • VOICING switch:Three position switch allows the user to jump to chunky V style scooped rhythms or huge solos in the FAT position. Fat:Mid boost - passive filter; Bypass:Flat Scooped:Mid cut - passive filer.
  • MID BOOST switch:Used to fatten up the sound for more cut and sustain during solos. Also, will fatten up the sound of single coil pick-ups. High:Boosts +12dB @ 620Hz; Medium:Boosts +6dB @ 390Hz; Bypass:No boost.
  • Tube:Standard 12AX7 vacuum tube inside is used in distortion stage to accentuate upper harmonics and warmth.
  • Distortion:Proprietary tube hybrid distortion circuit. Wide range of distortion settings may be derived.
  • Footswitch:True by-pass with red in/out status LED.
  • Power Supply:15VDC adapter (110V standard - export models available).
  • Construction: 14 gauge steel construction with baked enamel coat.
  • Standard package: Includes power supply, rubber stick-on feet, owner's manual.
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 Hot British has it all!

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Tech Specs

Pedal Type Tube Distortion
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Height 2.12"
Width 8.12"
Depth 4.25"
Weight 2.15 lbs.
Power Supply Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number R800 7020

Customer Reviews

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just another tonefreak

I have owned this pedal for around 6 months now and I can honestly say if this pedal were to EVER leave my pedaltrain pro it would immediately be replaced. You want that vox or marshall growl with ABSOLUTE shimmer and clarity for every single note in those technical chords you've worked so hard on arranging? Get this distortion. The AX7 preamp tube in this bad boy even makes a solid state amp tolerable for those of us reasonably obsessed with tube amps. I use it for a huge range of genres, whether it be super reverby hallway blues all the way to down tempo ambient doom metal and this baby does a sterling job at any distorted sound I'm going for. I'll even say this much... I'm currently running through an old 5150 2x12 60w with 5 AX7 preamp tubes, and though this amp is still widely popular today for it's crunch... I don't even bother with the overdrive channel since I bought this distortion. IT IS KILLER!!!
Music background: hobbyist, student

Radial Tonebone

I had Real Tube for 10 years and sold it. It was noisey and it has a nasely type of distortion. I use this as a Pre-Amp fed directly into Boss ME 50 dimed. It gets the job done. After Boss it's too high gain/tone. As a pre-amp it's much quieter and manageable. The tone options are many. Out of 20 or 30 possiblities, your tone is in there, somewhere.
Music background: Home living room legend

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Robert Williams

A modded amp in a small sturdy box, I really like the variety of options to allow specific tailoring of my tone. Articulate crunch to heavy rhythm to multiple lead flavors are all available.
See also: Distortion Pedals, Radial, Radial Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz