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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
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Radial EngineeringTonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher
 
4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (11)
  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Responsive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (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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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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5.0

You will be surprised

By Joe

from NH

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

    I run through 2 amps-one for regular guitar sound with a splitter and the other with an EH B9 and Boss synth pedal. There would be tremendous hum but for a quality AB box that prevents the ground issue. I normally use a high priced but effective unit but I need another to leave in the rehearsal space. I was surprised hoe effective this switcher is and a very reasonable price. It also has a small footprint which is helpful.

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    5.0

    100% as advertised.

    By MK

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

      Didn't take much digging to finds out that Radial is a go-to for this. Was surprised at the heft of it. Very small footprint for my (or any) pedal board. Does exactly as advertised. Slapped it on my board, lot's of hum and out of phase (as expected when running two separate rigs and zero fault of the Tonebone). Activated the LIFT/180º/ISO switches. Totally gone, and the full sound I was hoping for came to life. Great job, Radial, and as always, a pleasure to work with Musicians Friend.

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      5.0

      Versatility - Can Be Used In Reverse!

      By Rick A

      from Western Pennsylvania

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

        I use this switch in reverse to plug a bass/guitar or banjo/guitar into the same amplifier. True bypass means true bypass! As a multi-instrumentalist this allows a quick switch for me during shows and performances. It's also nice on the "both" setting when making music with saved loops!

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        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 !!!

          -Customer-User of this product

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          2.0

          Sucks tone when activating "both"

          By KONG

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          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.

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          5.0

          Great pedal

          By Sixstringsting

          from Tucson

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

            Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone BigShot ABY Passive Switcher:

            does as advertised. probably the best A/B/Y switching pedal for the buck. No problems. Very happy. Thanks MF and Radial.

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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 Philly

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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

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                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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                  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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