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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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Radial EngineeringTonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher
 
4.7

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Responsive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (13)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (7)

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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Sucks tone when activating "both"

This pedal's ABY function does work. Switching between A and B keeps good tone. But when you activate both A and B, there is tone suck so hard and chops off so much...Read complete review

This pedal's ABY function does work. Switching between A and B keeps good tone. But when you activate both A and B, there is tone suck so hard and chops off so much of the highs that it alsmost sounds like a wah rolled back. Do not get if you plan on using two amps simultaneously.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best ABY Switcher

By StevenEddy

from Texas

About Me Professional Musician

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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.

    (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!!!

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      awesome pedal best pedal I own.

      By Colin Tume

      from Australia

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      Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

      Its the best pedal I own cos it does one thing and does it perfectly no frills no gimicks I dont think it will ever break
      awesome pedal does the job pefectly does have that crack when switching between amps but its to be expected since its analog. solid as a rock built like a tug boat. its an awesome pedal
      solid
      cheap

      (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..

        (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.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Sucks tone when activating "both"

        By KONG

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

        This pedal's ABY function does work. Switching between A and B keeps good tone. But when you activate both A and B, there is tone suck so hard and chops off so much of the highs that it alsmost sounds like a wah rolled back. Do not get if you plan on using two amps simultaneously.

        (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 D'OD

        from Austin, Texas

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        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.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does what it says and im a proud owner

        By Chris O'Brien

        from Idaho

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        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.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Radial Engineering Big Shot True-Bypass Amp Switcher

        By Hebe Jebe

        from Undisclosed

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        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

        You won't be disappointed in this switcher... So simple to use!Incredibly engineered product, and built rock solid. Passive switch, so no batteries/power supply are needed. I use this to mute my guitar output while I'm tuning since I don't use a volume pedal. Incredibly versatile, too, if you want to switch between amps.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Radial Big Shot ABY passive switch.

        By KAL

        from Chippewa Falls, WI USA

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

          Very pleased with the durability. This switch does exactly as described. It would have been nice to have LED indicators (especially to remember the last state when toggling the "BOTH" switch). In other words, the proposed LED indicators would remember if you are using the A or were using the B channel prior to enabling both. This way when disabling both (i.e. back to A or B) you know where you were when returning. If perhaps the switches were DPDT (double pole double throw), the LED circuit is separate from the audio signal, and would not affect tone. But, the LED circuit would need DC power from either a battery or a DC power adapter, which would add to the cost. A person can always add the LED indicator modification if they want on their own.

          When using the isolation transformer feature, it does roll off the highs a bit . Not a problem, because you can boost your highs up a bit on the amp(s) and compensate for it. Also, the phase inverter switch only works when using the isolation transformer and phase inverter switch together. This is normal (as it states this in the manual). Just mentioning this because if you forget about using them together, and just use the phase inverter switch by itself, it may appear that the inverter switch doesn't work (which is not the case, because it's being used incorrectly).

          In my opinion, this ABY switch is very functional and usable especially having these options:

          A) Ground lift option
          B) Phase inverter option
          C) Isolation transformer option the inductively couples the audio.

          These features are the sole reason and justification as to why I purchased this product.
          Nice job Radial Engineering !!!

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