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Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher  

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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 gu...Read More

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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 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (7)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Professional recording (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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      • Experienced (6)

    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.

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    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

    Gets the job done and does it well.

    By musicman 1

    from Logan WV

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

      I have a Marshall DSL40C and a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III and I wanted an easier way to switch back and forth between them. The BigShot lets me do this without unplugging and plugging cords and pedalboards....just step on the switch. I can also use both amps at once now and there are a number of other switching functions you can do. The BigShot is built very well, doesn't affect my tone at all and operates completely quiet. Definitely the way to go.

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      5.0

      I Like This

      By Travisty7

      from Phila. area

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

        I was using a DOD 270 a-b box and liked it, but sometimes mismatched grounds cause hum. The DOD is not a Y pedal either.
        I saw Craig Thatcher Band with Mike Dugan and both Craig & Mike had these Radial ABYs so I tried one, very happy with it. Don't notice tone coloring yet as mentioned by another reviewer, seems all good so far.

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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

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          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.

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            (2 of 3 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.

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              (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.

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                (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..

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                  (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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