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Radial Engineering Bones R800-7105 London Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Overview
  • Multi-stage high gain distortion
  • Modeled after 'British Plexi' half stack
  • Dual mode for clean, rhythm & lead
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    $199.99
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Rich, fat tones reminiscent of the latest high-gain Plexi-style tube amplifiers.

The London 'Bone' from Radial Engineering is a solid-state version of the popular Tonebone Hot British distortion pedal. Inside is a multi-stage drive circuit that produces rich, fat tones reminiscent of the latest high-gain Plexi-style tube amplifiers. This unique circuitry retains note clarity even when driven to extremes.

The Bones London pedal has variable drive that lets you dial-in the perfect amount of distortion, a powerful dual-band equalizer with Radial's distinctive passive-interactive tone circuit, a 3-position 'Kick' switch to add extra mid-range drive or fatten up single coil pickups, plus a 3-position 'Bite' control that can compensate for overly bright amps or add extra cut and sizzle to your tone.

The Radial distortion pedal employs a unique high-performance buffering circuit with preset load correction that retains the performance of 'true bypass' connectivity while lowering the impedance and susceptibility to noise. This enables the London pedal to efficiently drive the guitar signal when using longer cables and lets it employ Radial's own EIS — Electronic Impulse Switching — for outstanding durability without the challenges of mechanical switches.

For maximum on-stage efficiency, the Bones London is configured for 'clean, rhythm & lead' playability whereby in bypass mode, you get the natural clean sound of your guitar. When the distortion pedal is activated, you can choose between two output drive circuits using the toggle footswitch. Each is equipped with a variable level control ( so that Level-1 can be set for rhythm while Level-2 can be driven at a higher level for lead. To increase sustain and cut for solos, the second drive circuit is augmented in the mid-range. Bright, easy to see LEDs deliver on-stage switching cues so you know exactly where you are at all times.

As most players employ pedalboards, the London features standard 'Boss style' 9V powering that will adapt to most multi-pedal power supplies. The ultra-compact design with top mounted i/o connections allow effects pedals to be placed close together for those wishing maximum pedalboard density.

Features
  • Multi-stage high gain distortion
  • Modeled after 'British Plexi' half stack
  • Dual mode for clean, rhythm & lead
  • Compact to fit on any pedalboard

An arsenal of Plexi-style tones in a compact and easy to use format. Order today.

 
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Radial EngineeringBones R800-7105 London Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

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5.0

Great Little Marshall Pedal

By Karl Houseknecht

from Palmyra, VA

Comments about Radial Engineering Bones R800-7105 London Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I've been fixated on finding that perfect "Marshall in a box" pedal for a while now. I happened upon the Radial Plexitube a while ago and just LOVE it. When I put that pedal into my rack, I needed a second, similar pedal because I couldn't switch the channels. Thought about the Hot British, but it's too big and having another wall wart isn't an option. Then I saw this pedal and decided to give it a shot. I wasn't sure if being completely solid state and not having a tube would work for me, but I'm totally sold on it now after playing it for a few hours. Awesome little pedal, and it is little.
Low and High controls for EQ plus an overall mid boost switch and a boost or cut for high end offers great tone sculpting options right on the pedal itself. You can tailor the sound of the pedal to whatever amp you're using. Channel 2 has the mids already bumped up so you can have them relatively scooped for rhythm on Channel 1 if you like and have a more mid focused sound for leads.

Gain knob goes from a mild overdrive to raging distortion. Far beyond what any stock plexi would give you. This is more along the lines of heavily modded Marshall JCM or a Soldano.

Small footprint and top mounted jacks are a great feature. I thought it would be big, but it's really quite small.

Giving this an 7 because all of the tone sculpting options from it's bigger brother, the Plexitube, aren't quite there, but still offers far better tonal control than most distortion pedals. A mid knob would have been good too. Oh, and you can't power it via a battery, so that gets another point off.
Construction Quality: Built like a metal brick. The knobs have a nice firm feel. I'm not so sure about the switches. They feel a little flimsy in comparison to my non-Radial pedals. But as I'm using this inside of a rack switching system, I don't really mind.

Sound Quality: Great modded Marshall tones to be had here. It's a distortion pedal. You want overdrive, it's there at the lowest settings, but this is mainly for distortion. Could probably play an entire gig with just this pedal and a decent clean tube amp. Cleans up pretty good with guitar volume knob. As with any pedal, you put the gain or level higher and you'll introduce some hiss. That's what noise reduction systems are for. When it's in my rig at high gain (noon or above) the NR in my rack takes good care of any hiss or hum. I'm running it at 9V right now, though I suspect that running it at 12V might result in a lower noise floor. Will try that and see.
I also have the Radial Plexitube, and honestly, tone sculpting options aside, there really isn't much difference between the two. If I had to choose and couldn't have both, I'd go for this one as it's a better value for the money. Compared to other pedals in this price range, I haven't found one that sounds anywhere close for modded Marshall tones. Incredible value. Will beat similar pedals in the price range handily.

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5.0

To tube or not to tube...

By Tone Obsessed

from York, PA (nowhere)

Comments about Radial Engineering Bones R800-7105 London Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I've got both the London and Hollywood version of these pedals as well as the tube versions of both (Hot British & Classic). Sound wise these smaller pedals are almost identical to the tube versions; the pedals with the tubes are a tad warmer and smoother and are a little less noisy; what's more, the bigger pedals offer more tweakability where tone is concerned (i.e. contour knob & extra switch). The London pedal is actually a little hotter than the Hot British but the British pedal does sound better overall (more organic and a little less processed sounding). Both petals sound quite good, but if size, power demands and cash aren't that big of an issue I'd go for the Hot British first. Both are excellent, but the British wins out by a narrow margin. Either way, these Radial pedals are some of the best dirt boxes out there.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a metal distortion dream

By passthefetus

from Denver, CO

Comments about Radial Engineering Bones R800-7105 London Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

this pedal just screams. i can dial in any sort of rhythm sound i need, from black metal to doom to old school thrash. for leads this thing is so clear its unbelievable. People have complained about it being noisy, but the thing is just silent for me. If the drive is cranked it does start to loose it, but i never found it needed the drive over 3'oclock and i play in a black metal band and doom metal band so i usually crank the distortion. The thing does take some experimentation to figure out but once done i found limitless potential. Highest recommendation, took my sound to a new level!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pedal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Radial Engineering Bones R800-7105 London Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This is a very nice pedal especially using the duel channel to get a louder output when doing solos. Be aware that you NEED to get a decent adapter to keep the noise down at a low level. I uesd a cheap old adapter I found in my house and the hum was really bad, so I borrowed one from my mate(a good one) and it works fine.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Too Noisy

By Stud Muffin

from California

Comments about Radial Engineering Bones R800-7105 London Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

The sound is ooooh so beautiful!BUT:Using this with the gain up any more than half-way causes a crazy amount of noise (and I've tried several amps with this pedal). The hum is incredibly loud. Plugging my Sansamp, or my Zoom Tri-Metal, or my Boss Metal Zone, or my Rocktron Metal Planet, or my Ibanez Tube Screamer into my amp does not result in this type of noise....so the problem is definitely with THIS pedal. Too bad because the distortion on this little pedal is really juicy, but when the noise is HALF the volume of my amp, not even a noise gate will help. Nice design, love the volume boost on channel 2. Great sound. Too bad it's unusable.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stratkid

By stratkid

from Undisclosed

Comments about Radial Engineering Bones R800-7105 London Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I love this pedal!! I've never written a review for anything before but after plugging this in I can't stop playing it! This sounds awesome in front of my twin tube overdrive pedal. It?s the total Marshall grind in a compact box. (Which is built like a tank) It really makes my pretty tame Fender hot rod come awake. I never use the 12db bump switch, I usually keep the mids pretty low almost scooped because the 2nd channel has the mids covered. It sounds like a cranked plexi up until 12:00 then it moves into the JCM 800 era but maybe a little less harsh. I usually don't rave about gear. I am really critical of tone but this is definitely staying on my pedal board.

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