Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal 886830284724

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Light crunch to severe overdrive, vintage tweed to hot-rod amps ” it's all here. The Radial Tonebone Classic Tube Drive Pedal has a real tube that delivers the natural distortion only analog circuitry... Click To Read More About This Product

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Light crunch to severe overdrive, vintage tweed to hot-rod amps ” it's all here. The Radial Tonebone Classic Tube Drive Pedal has a real tube that delivers the natural distortion only analog circuitry can provide. 5 knobs and 3 switches make tone sculpting a cinch. Heavy-duty footswitch controls the true bypass. Includes power supply.

Features
  • Rich, natural tube sound
  • Extremely flexible tone shaping
  • Rugged, high-end build quality
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
90 day warranty on footswitch and tubes. One year warranty on all other products.


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Radial EngineeringTonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 29 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

More "natural" than a Hot British

I've owned both the Hot British and the Tonebone Classic, but I recently sold the Hot British because I think the Classic has a more natural tone and feel. Although this is marketed as...Read complete review

I've owned both the Hot British and the Tonebone Classic, but I recently sold the Hot British because I think the Classic has a more natural tone and feel. Although this is marketed as more of an overdrive than a high gain distortion, you'll find it has a very wide range from slight grit to at least an early 90's Grunge/Metal sound. It's a fairly easy to use with switches to change voicing that are pre-set, but can sound very different depending on the position of the filter knob that works in conjunction with the Mid-boost switch; it also has your usual knobs for treble and bass boost/cut. So, a good pedal that will lend a bit of tube tone to your sound and not add much noise, if any, depending on how you set the gain.

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chops off some bass

Even with the bass knob all the way clockwise, it chops off some bass - in any gain setting. most all pedals do this, thought this one was different. otherwise a good...Read complete review

Even with the bass knob all the way clockwise, it chops off some bass - in any gain setting. most all pedals do this, thought this one was different. otherwise a good product. Tube is used as a buffer and distortion is derived from various stages of diode clipping. look at the schematic.

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3.0

chops off some bass

By Russell

from Cleburne, Texas

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

Even with the bass knob all the way clockwise, it chops off some bass - in any gain setting. most all pedals do this, thought this one was different. otherwise a good product. Tube is used as a buffer and distortion is derived from various stages of diode clipping. look at the schematic.

 
5.0

Great tube tone even w/ solid state amp

By cjslicer

from Abilene, TX

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Classic Rockblues Sound
  • Great tone
  • Many Sound Variations
  • Rugged Construction

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

  • Vintage Hot Sound

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

Rugged construction, with a great sound. I love the hot bite and classic rock tone I get with this pedal. I use it through a solid state Marshall combo amp and it sounds better than I thought it would. I can't imagine it gets much better, unless played through a tube amp. But to get real close to the tone you're looking for without spending thousands, this is very close and worth the money. LOTS of variations with all the settings, too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Good Product.

By James Steele jr.

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

I've had this pedal for a couple of weeks now and I have to say, It was more than I've ever spent on a pedal before, It was worth it. I use it with two Solid State Amps, One being my Peavey Studio Pro 40. This Amp sounds good already, I run a Boss GE-7 EQ in the Loop, but when I put the Tonebone in through the front of the amp, It really warms up the sound. I also run it with my Crate Powerblock that I run with a CD player and EQ for headphone practice. Again Great results. This pedal is very sensitive and every tiny turn of a knob brings different results. That is taking some getting used to. All in all, A little tube warmth is better than none, so I am happy with this pedal. It has a very Wide range of possibilities. Very good quality. The only problem is the Power Supply, At 15VDC it requires a special power supply (included) but I unplug it when not in use because it seems to stay warm and I fear burning it out. Other than that, Great Pedal.

 
5.0

Best Distortion Pedal EVER

By Sled Dog X

from Canada

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

I purchased the Tri-Mode model of this pedal (2 distortion channels + bypass). I was a little leary of spending the big bucks, but I found one that was on clearance and I am glad that I bought it. The descriptions of this pedal are true. Because of the tube, it does respond to your picking style and pressure. The dials and options take a little while to get used to, but if you cannot find the distorted sound you are after, then you never will. Read the User Manual from the Radial website if you truly are considering this pedal. Made in Canada was a bonus. I have purchased other Radial pedals that perform their particular functions just as well.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Old Bones to Pick

By Tone Obsessed

from York, PA (nowhere)

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

I've owned and tried dozens of dirt boxes and the Tone Bone Classic is easily in the top three. There's plenty of tweek-ability on tap and the tone is warm and musical. The Bone works best with an overdrive in front of it (think OCD) and tends to be a bit flat with out a little extra signal push. It's built like a tank and sounds great with just about any tube amp (I've got a Marshall and a Fender and it sounds great through both). Enough gain for blues to harder rock, but metalheads will have to look elsewhere; this is strictly 60's and 70's territory here. Highly recommended.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tone Bonus

By MarkFromHawaii

from Hawaii

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

This little blue jem of a pedal is one of the best tube overdrive/distortion stomp boxes out there. And here's why: 3 touch-sensitive ranges of low, mid and high gain voicing at your finger tips. Need a warm, subtle clean boost to your rhythm or solo lines? It's there. How about setting the Tone Bone at mid gain, back off on your guitar volume for warm rhythm and then cut through the mix with a distorted, yet clear solo? It's there again. Santana Boogie Mk II sounds at high gain? Yup. In fact, I have a Boogie Mk II and use the Tone Bone instead of the amps high gain channel - call me crazy, but the Bone delivers the tone without compromising the nice clean settings on the rhythm channel. The key to dialing in just the right tone is to play with the filter control and mid boost switch to get either a scooped mid, flat or mid-boosted sound.And Radial's customer support is great. After a couple years' use I had an issue with the footswitch. I contacted Radial, telling them that if they sent me the part, I'd solder it. Done - free of charge within a week. That said, I've found their products to be very robust.I liked this pedal so much, I got a Hot British for scooped-mid high gain sounds and now both live on pedal board. These pedals aren't cheap but they're worth every penny.

 
5.0

Bone With Your Tone

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

I tried all the Boss distortion pedals and none of em cut it except for maybe the fuzz. So I looked elsewhere, tube screamer sounded good but I was lookin for something a little more versatile. Finally I got suggested the tonebone. It did cost me a pretty penny but boy was it ever worth it. First of all it has a freakin tube inside. Plus there are SO MANY sounds you can get out of this from a nice warm tube overdrive to a saturated distortion you'll love. The distortion is clean and not muddy and the pedal acts almost like an eq for those who want that tube sound out of a solid state amp. My only complaint is that the adapter is mandatory to run it, no batteries at all which makes it inconvenient for onstage without a pedal board. It does cost a lot but if you have the money, it's the best overdrive/distortion pedal out there I know of.

 
5.0

HULGLBUHGLUBHLUHGLUHBLUH

By LeadHindenburg

from Bay Area, California

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

I got this little monster for Christmas. I went with my Fender AVRI Jaguar and took it to my friend's house, where I played it through his dad's vintage Fender DeVille. I was impressed thoroughly, it did everything I wanted it to, and I got the "tone in my head" to come out. I was in love.Then I went to the little "drive" switch. I flicked it up a notch. Pretty soon, I was playing Van Halen. I thought, "Awesome, this is great!"I flicked it up all the way, and the Rape of Nanking started coming out of all four 10" Jensen speakers.This is the Only Good Distortion Pedal.

 
5.0

Cure for muddy distortion

By Nevergetold

from Albuquerque

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

I finally got the sound I was looking for, my amp's 2nd channel will never get used again. Very clear distortion, acts more like a second or third channel than a distortion pedal. Wish I had discovered it sooner.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome pedal

By Guitar Zero

from above the golden state

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic Tube Distortion Pedal:

I play a fender tele through a fender hot rod deville, and I was unhappy with the overdrive of the fender amp. Just doesn't sound great. I tried a Boss overdrive pedal and it was so noisy it was unusable. This pedal does the trick to perfection. So many voicings with this pedal, and it's built like a brick. If you've been looking for that pedal to give your licks just the right amount of crunch, get this pedal right now. I guarantee you won't regret it.

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