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Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher  

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Overview

  • Toggle between 2 guitar amps or play both at once
  • Guitar input
  • Thru-put
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $100.00
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    - $20.01
  • Your Price:
    $7999

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Play 2 amps at once, or switch between them.

The Radial Engineering BigShot ABY Passive Switcher toggles between 2 guitar amps. Or use the BigShot to play them both at the same time. Offers a guitar input, a thru-put, and 2 outputs. Output B has a ground-lift and 180° polarity reverse. For active buffered circuits, The BigShot ABY Passive Switcher eliminated ground loops with an isolation transformer on output-B. 14-gauge steel construction.

Features

  • Toggle between 2 guitar amps or play both at once
  • Guitar input
  • Thru-put
  • 2 outputs
  • Output B has ground-lift, polarity reverse, isolation transformer

Order your BigShot now and put both your guitar rigs to use.

 
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Radial EngineeringTonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best ABY Switcher

    This is the ABY you need in your gig bag - especially if you have the backline supplied for you at each gig.

    Not only does this cool box give...Read complete review

    This is the ABY you need in your gig bag - especially if you have the backline supplied for you at each gig.

    Not only does this cool box give you A and B and of course - both - but this little deal can isolate your amps from each other (in case of buzz), you can switch the B signal 180 degrees out (if you are playing a Deluxe Reverb or Twin and want to simply switch between the two channels), and a ground lift for ground loop issues.

    I use this for either switching between two amps - one for rhythm and the other for leads - or like I stated before - if you have a Deluxe Reverb you just use one channel - like the tremolo and reverb channel - for the rhythm stuff - crank the first channel and make that the B channel on the switch - and you have instant lead channel. Sometimes I even bring a little distortion pedal for the lead channel just to push it a little - and you have a great little classic channel switching tube combo that sounds fantastic. You can't loose!

    The Tuner Out is a neat feature but is not mutable - the neat thing here is that you can put another amp on the other side of the stage for the bass player or drummer and use the tuner out to send that signal over there.

    Everyone needs an ABY box from time to time -0 this one has the options that you can really use - so buy it today.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    DESTROYS TONE

    It does what it says. BUT and a Big BUT. It add color to your tone. I use it to switch between a old marshall 800 and a new engl fireball and both...Read complete review

    It does what it says. BUT and a Big BUT. It add color to your tone. I use it to switch between a old marshall 800 and a new engl fireball and both at a time.It changes your tone. So the true bypass is crap. Get the voodoo labs switcher. It does 4 amps with no tone change. Waste of money. I have been playing for 40 years so I know.

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    5.0

    Works great and very solid

    By Stylz1

    from Nebraska

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

      I use this pedal to run 2 amps through a 4x12. I have a cleaner, slight od Fender sound, and a more distorted Marshall type sound. With this pedal I can switch back and forth, or run both at the same time. Very solid pedal, well built. My only complaint is that you can't tell by looking at it which buttons are active, so you have to hit them to see what amp or if both are active. Not really an issue for me because I have 2 very different sounds going, and if that is an issue, I believe they make one with lights for a little more.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great pedal for a great price

      By Heavy Metal Bri

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Nice features

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

        I was looking to record 2 amps at a time in my studio and I needed an ABY. I came across this pedal because Radial has a good reputation and it wasn't as expensive as other ABY's or as mediocore as the cheaper ones. Its true bypass with 3 switch features. A ground-lift, 180 polarity reverse and isolation transformer. The 180 helps keep your 2 amps in phase. A feautre that I really needed using 2 different amps. Read up on it. I use Lehle switchers on my pedalboards but this was a lot cheaper than their ABY.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Solid Buy

        By Paul C

        from Memphis, Tn

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Solid

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Live Gig
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

          Why not 5 stars you ask? Cause no one's perfect.
          Built solid like other Radial products I own. This is a real MAN'S pedal, those expecting soft buttons and cuddly good looks need not apply. Radial pedals feel like they would survive even the most aggressive scream-0 band wanna-be's. If your looking for a passive A-B, click 'add to cart' and stop wasting your time.

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best ABY Switcher

          By Steven Eddy

          from Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • The Aby You Always Wanted
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

            This is the ABY you need in your gig bag - especially if you have the backline supplied for you at each gig.

            Not only does this cool box give you A and B and of course - both - but this little deal can isolate your amps from each other (in case of buzz), you can switch the B signal 180 degrees out (if you are playing a Deluxe Reverb or Twin and want to simply switch between the two channels), and a ground lift for ground loop issues.

            I use this for either switching between two amps - one for rhythm and the other for leads - or like I stated before - if you have a Deluxe Reverb you just use one channel - like the tremolo and reverb channel - for the rhythm stuff - crank the first channel and make that the B channel on the switch - and you have instant lead channel. Sometimes I even bring a little distortion pedal for the lead channel just to push it a little - and you have a great little classic channel switching tube combo that sounds fantastic. You can't loose!

            The Tuner Out is a neat feature but is not mutable - the neat thing here is that you can put another amp on the other side of the stage for the bass player or drummer and use the tuner out to send that signal over there.

            Everyone needs an ABY box from time to time -0 this one has the options that you can really use - so buy it today.

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            sweet pedal-highly recomend

            By puddlejumper

            from Kentucky

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

              does exactly what it was suppose to do.i am running two amps a superchamp x2 and a bugera v5.doesen't change tone or volume.extremely quiet no hum at all. very happy..

              Comment on this review

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Simple and Perfect

              By Iggster12

              from MA

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

                I was skeptical about the quality of sound since it's not active, but trust me when I say that it works perfectly. I run a Carvin V3 thru output A and a Marshall JMD100 thru output B, and the iso transformer switched up cleared up the sound as if they were running independently of each other. No degradation of sound or sustain, even on clean channels without a compressor. I have no need for the phase inverter yet, but my sound is absolutely perfect. If you are reading this, and you need something like this, get this!!!

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Does what it says and im a proud owner

                Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

                overall... this thing is in my chain til the day i decide to use one amp again haha...
                input... outputs ... tuner out... no power... no leds... works like a dream. built like a tank and my amps play together so well.
                this is a ten on so many levels. for 80 dollars its a steal. THANK YOU RADIAL YOU DID A GREAT JOB.
                i was using just to pick amps on the fly when i wanted to use one. now i use a clean amp and dirty amp and my sound is everything i wanted. this is a big part of my sound and i could be happier. if your looking for something cheap. you can get the morley aby but i decided to spring the extra cost and i have never looked back. not saying morley is bad but for more features and great tone i recommend this.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Surpassed ALL Expectations!!

                By Philip Maltais

                from Gardner, MA USA

                Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

                If you don't have one of these in your pedel board get one. I have been playing for over 40 years and it opened up my eyes and ears to new possibilities. I have tried other ABY's and was never impressed and rather turned off until Radial got it right. Nice Job guys!!
                I bought the Big Shot to run two amps at the same time. What I discovered was that using the phase switch on this unit allowed me to operate both channels of my '74 Musicman 65 watt 210 combo at the same time and acheive new tones that I never was able to get on eith side of this amp. Once I got the switchs set to the right position it just seemed to sing a whole new song. I now split between both sides of the Musicman amp and run my Marshall JCM 800 212 combo from the tuner output. I just placed the tuner with a mute capability before the unit and all is well....
                Solid unit in a metal case. Rugged and will stand up to my big stomp. It could use a couple LEDs to show what channel is active or when they are combined. But this would require a power circuit and is really not necessary but could be useful.
                Short $ for the versitility I gained with my setup.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works great; stops hum; phase switch is a bonus; no battery or walwart needed

                By ODennehy

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

                I like it
                I use an ABY box for recording. Bought this one to prevent the hum I get from signal spitting going to an amp and a powered DI box. Works as advertised. Output A does get a bit of coloration from the transformer which isolates it from Output B, but easy to correct as needed w/ the amp.

                Big bonus for me recording wise is the PHASE switch. Switching outputs to be in or out of phase adds a whole new tone pallete to recordings.

                Completely passive, no battery or walwart to worry about.
                Initial quality seems good; solid built.
                Not cheap, but does the trick: defeats the hum.

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Radial BigShot ABY

                Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

                very satisfied with product, the fact that is has no lights is not an issue for me also I have read with the iso transformer engaged there is a loss of tone, sorry don't hear it for how I am using it. Also I run Radial ABY in front of my Rivera amp still no signal loss, turned the highs on my amp up a bit, and sounds fine. If you have issues with tone loss you could try a buffer pedal, but I have not found it necessary.
                Very versitle I found the ISO the most usefull as I have a Boss power supply that has daisy chain connections thus interupting any kind of groung loop. I connect my tuner on my pedal board to A out so I can mute for silent tuning as I plug B out direct into a pa system. My morley AB makes an annoying popping sound when I switch channels, hooked up the Bigshot ABY flipped iso switch no more pops! Since it is analog it will give off a pop when using pedal to switch between two seperate power amps.
                Excellent quality sturdy case, well built. small compact unit fits nicley on pedal board with out taking up valuable space.
                A little bit of a higher priced pedal but well worth it.

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