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Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal

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Big, fat, mega-searing tube tone without modeling!

The Radial Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal is tube overdrive distortion at its best! It's the perfect choice for huge, chunky rhythm; fat, scooped tones; and soaring, screaming solos. You get that natural, even harmonic distortion only a tube can provide - from the sound of a 4x12 double stack to the power-chord mayhem of metal thrashing over barbed wire, it's all here.

5 knobs and 3 switches make it easy to sculpt your tone the way you like. Level provides overall output level control to your amp. High and low EQ knobs let you fine-tune the tonal character, while the contour knob works with the Voicing switch to boost or cut the mids. The drive knob adjusts the input level for optimum distortion. For switches, the Top End offers Bright, Flat, and Dark settings to shape the feel and overall tone. Voicing shapes the tonal range to flat, scoop, or extra-fat. Mid Boost gives you a 7dB or 12dB boost to give your solos extra meat to cut through the mix. The heavy-duty footswitch controls a true-bypass circuit and a bright red LED can be seen on any stage. Includes power supply.

FEATURES
Aggressive, natural tube sound
Extremely flexible tone shaping
Rugged, high-end build quality
Super quiet
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Radial EngineeringTonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 41 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The absoulte BEST distoriton pedal !!!!

I know you have probably already read other reviews about this distortion pedal, and I do not mean to sound like a broken record, so bear with me. This is the absoulute best...Read complete review

I know you have probably already read other reviews about this distortion pedal, and I do not mean to sound like a broken record, so bear with me. This is the absoulute best distortion pedal I have ever tried, proably due to the fact that it is actually driven by an acutual tube just like a tube amp. Its sound is pure natural un-adultarated distoriton, period. Totally organic just like the distoriton of the top high end boutique all-tube amplifiers. I play a Gibson Les Paul Standard into a 100 watt Orange Rockerverb, and I never thought I would ever use any distoriton pedal again, that is, until I tried this one. It is that good. You can go from The Eagles (Hotel California) to Jimmy Page and all the way to Metal-type distortion, but with top notch quality distorion tones. I have tried and owned so many distoriton pedals in the past, but none really satisfied me, all seem to sound fake and some almost organ-like. But, the Radial Tonebones Hot British Distortion pedal just blew my mind. This is a must have for any guitar player regardless of the type of music you play. Buy it, I promise you you will love it.

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Good, unique pedal, but not great.

Several things about this pedal immediately stand out. One of those is it's excellent physical construction. Secondly is it's large tonal palette. I spent hours with this pedal, and was amazed at the...Read complete review

Several things about this pedal immediately stand out. One of those is it's excellent physical construction. Secondly is it's large tonal palette. I spent hours with this pedal, and was amazed at the sheer number of different tones one can acquire. Unfortunately it fell short of my expectations. I attempted to use this pedal in conjunction with a Marshall JCM900 50w halfstack, and several different Gibson humbucking guitars. I like driving the preamp hard in that amp and finding the right overdrive device to do this without coloring the amp's natural tone has proven to be difficult. The Tonebone unit did overdrive the amp quite decently, and did create some awesome, intense metal tones, however at a significant cost. Contrary to Radial's testimonial of 'super quietness' it most definitely is not. Once you begin to turn the input and output levels up past the noon position in order to get the gain you want the noise becomes very apparent. In addition I found that it cut the amp's natural tone making it thinner and more transparent. Currently I am using Seymour Duncan's pick-up booster pedal to do this, and it does the job I want it to do 'almost' perfectly. I compared the two pedals and found my overall sound to be louder, thicker, and more natural using the Duncan pickup booster pedal with respect to using the Tonebone unit. One other aspect of this pedal I did not like was that the unit could only be used with its included power supply. Battery power was not an option. I prefer battery power because it is safe, simple and far more reliable. I play out allot, and though my experience I found the ?wallwart? power supplies to be to fragile especially through the ensuing chaos of a live metal show. In closing I will say that the pedal does sound good, and allows the player to create a myriad of different guitar tones. It just didn?t create the one sound I wanted it for.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The absoulte BEST distoriton pedal !!!!

By Andermarg

from Miami Beach, FL

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Tube driven
  • Tube quality
  • Versatile

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    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
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    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
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    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I know you have probably already read other reviews about this distortion pedal, and I do not mean to sound like a broken record, so bear with me. This is the absoulute best distortion pedal I have ever tried, proably due to the fact that it is actually driven by an acutual tube just like a tube amp. Its sound is pure natural un-adultarated distoriton, period. Totally organic just like the distoriton of the top high end boutique all-tube amplifiers. I play a Gibson Les Paul Standard into a 100 watt Orange Rockerverb, and I never thought I would ever use any distoriton pedal again, that is, until I tried this one. It is that good. You can go from The Eagles (Hotel California) to Jimmy Page and all the way to Metal-type distortion, but with top notch quality distorion tones. I have tried and owned so many distoriton pedals in the past, but none really satisfied me, all seem to sound fake and some almost organ-like. But, the Radial Tonebones Hot British Distortion pedal just blew my mind. This is a must have for any guitar player regardless of the type of music you play. Buy it, I promise you you will love it.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great distortion pedal i've try

    By SonniAdiprasetya

    from Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    This is the best distortion pedal I've tried. I can set the parameter, and get lot of sound variation, from crunch, to metal, rectified, high gain...I like it so much. If I had lot of money, I'll buy 3 of this pedal, as my distortion pedal. LoLOne thing that I'm little bit disappointed is it doesn't have any boost feature.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Another winner from Radial

    By Tone Obsessed

    from York, PA (nowhere)

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I had the Tonebone Classic for quite a while and finally decided to pick up the Hot British. Couldn't be more pleased. I typically run the Tonebones through my JVM head's Plexi channel with a touch of over-drive or compression right out front to goose the signal before it hits the pedal and amp. As you'd expect, the Hot British has more gain on tap and better harmonic content than the Classic, making it a better Rock pedal. Like the Classic, the H.B. is warm and tight; it's never muddy and the switch and knob options allow you to dial in exactly what you want to hear. I've tried and owned alot of dirt boxes and these two take the cake. The Classic handles light blues to classic crunch and the Hot British is great for everything beyond except a more modern metal sound with over-the-top gain: old schoolers will fall in love; nu metal punks will have to look elsewhere for their sweet spot...

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone Machine

    By PitBull413

    from Amherst Massachuestts

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    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I'm not one to hype things up but what tone can't you get out of this thing? I play an ESP out of a Fryette Pitbull (clean channel) and I can get anything from vintage crunch to modern shred, and everything in between.The construction of this pedal is unbelievable. I was taken aback by how much this thing weighed. The options to sculpt your tone are a bit overwhelming, but if you start on any of the pre-sets, you'll be able to go from there with ease. The variability of sound is also overwhelming. When I first took this thing out of the box, I'd change from the various pre-sets in the book, turn the pedal on, and be amazined at how varied it could be.Definitely an awesome pedal all around. I highly recommend.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Pedal

    By Pasloade74

    from Chicago, Il

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I've had this pedal for a few monthes now and I'm still amazed with how great this thing is. I've been trying to find this tone for quite awhile. I use it with my Peavey Valveking. I play a Fender Strat HSS and a Gibson Explorer. It sounds great with both guitars. I current play in a cover band that plays a very large spectrem of rock songs. I can cover all of them using this and a TS9 tubescreamer. What I like best about this pedal is being able to play open chords and hearing every string being played. Check it out for yourself. You won't regret it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I was hesitant to get a distortion pedal until...

    By ZakFromDownOn7

    from Middletown, CT

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I have always believed that any distortion that I ever needed, I could get from my amp head. I've been using a solid-state amp for 10 years now, not by choice, but by finances, and I decided to break down and get this distortion pedal to get that tube distortion. I was hesitant at first, but I kept hearing about how good this pedal was. Once it came in, I plugged it in and tweaked the settings for about 2 minutes and BAM, the sound that I have failed to get for 10 years came through in just 2 minutes. It is the most amazing sound that I've ever heard. I've heard this pedal called "Marshall in a box", and it is COMPLETELY accurate. I got the exact same sound out of this pedal that I got out of a Marshall Vintage Modern amp that I tried out. The tube distortion possibilities are endless with this pedal. I also plugged it into my Line 6 Tone Port UX1. The amp emulators in there sounded a little fake, but then I ran this pedal through it and the difference was HUGE. There are not enough good thing that I can say about this pedal. If you like a great hard rock tube distortion, then this pedal definately for you. If you like the chunky Dimebag-type sound, then stick with a solid state amp, but for warm hard driving distortion, then this is the PERFECT pedal.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good, unique pedal, but not great.

    By Roymon

    from Wonder Lake, IL

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    Several things about this pedal immediately stand out. One of those is it's excellent physical construction. Secondly is it's large tonal palette. I spent hours with this pedal, and was amazed at the sheer number of different tones one can acquire. Unfortunately it fell short of my expectations. I attempted to use this pedal in conjunction with a Marshall JCM900 50w halfstack, and several different Gibson humbucking guitars. I like driving the preamp hard in that amp and finding the right overdrive device to do this without coloring the amp's natural tone has proven to be difficult. The Tonebone unit did overdrive the amp quite decently, and did create some awesome, intense metal tones, however at a significant cost. Contrary to Radial's testimonial of 'super quietness' it most definitely is not. Once you begin to turn the input and output levels up past the noon position in order to get the gain you want the noise becomes very apparent. In addition I found that it cut the amp's natural tone making it thinner and more transparent. Currently I am using Seymour Duncan's pick-up booster pedal to do this, and it does the job I want it to do 'almost' perfectly. I compared the two pedals and found my overall sound to be louder, thicker, and more natural using the Duncan pickup booster pedal with respect to using the Tonebone unit. One other aspect of this pedal I did not like was that the unit could only be used with its included power supply. Battery power was not an option. I prefer battery power because it is safe, simple and far more reliable. I play out allot, and though my experience I found the ?wallwart? power supplies to be to fragile especially through the ensuing chaos of a live metal show. In closing I will say that the pedal does sound good, and allows the player to create a myriad of different guitar tones. It just didn?t create the one sound I wanted it for.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    This thing feels like an amp.

    By Mustachio Jones

    from Seattle, OR

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    This sounds great and feels great. I love the mid boost on it. The only problem I had was the footswitch failing. I coudn't send it to them for repair so they sent me a switch at no charge. Excellent customer service.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Pedal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Jackson50

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I've been looking for the right distortion for a long time, i've bought lot of Distortion pedals and this one just did it for me, you can get really great tones out of this stompbox. a bit expensive but it's worth it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Radial Tonebone's diversity!!!

    By Chris Stookey

    from Spokane, WA

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I recently purchased this stompbox, though frankly, it is so "deep" that I'm reluctant to call it a "stompbox". I have over 80 distortion pedals, and this one stands out as one of the most diverse and unique boxes in my collection. Some might think that the tube-based tone is the key here; it's nice, but that isn't what makes this unit so cool. The absolute coolest aspect of this box is it's incredible depth. You can dial in a virtually limitless number of different distortions AND overdrives. From silky overdrive to big and burley high-gain, this unit covers a huge variety within virtually every spectrum of distortion that you can imagine. And it does the vast majority of those tones very well. At the extreme ends of the spectrum, be it "clean boost" or "metal mayhem", that is where the product isn't "its best". I've got better "clean boost" pedals (the Boss SD-1, for example) and better "pure metal" (Digitech's Metal Master). To me, the Tonebone's tone is weak at both those ends, but fantastic for most sounds "in-between". Very well made...not quite a 10 (knobs are little rough), but great. The sheer "depth" of this pedal can't be beat. Fantastic and I'm very happy that I bought it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best overdrive on the market

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    This is absolutely the best overdrive pedal available. It's a little pricey, but the tone is awsome. Using a Tele through a tube amp, this pedal transforms your sound to the smoothest, creamiest, tube over-driven tone, that is typically associated with a Les Paul through a vintage Marshall - providing the best of both worlds - pure clean Fender Tele tone AND rich Les Paul tone from a single coil guitar.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Little Advice:

    By Publius-mGLuM

    from the middle of nowhere

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I initially was disappointed by the Hot British. It can sound tinny and harsh and you have to crank the bass just to get a decently thick sound. Yes, the tonebone is a cruddy pedal...except for all the others. There are few if any distortion boxes that maintain the clarity and nuance necessary for fast rythm guitar work. The hot british has this in spades. So what to do? I had all the definition I wanted and all the gain I needed, but I was left with a pedal that sucked a whole lot of thump out of my sound. I decided an eq was in order. I placed a Boss GE-7 after the Hot British . EQ settings? I cut the signal at 200HZ, boosted the signal at 100HZ and left everything else flat. I run from there into a B-52 AT-100 with the master and low res full-on and the clean chanel volume at about .5 to 1. Know what? With that set-up I can get Bogner tones at bedroom volume. By the way, you really want this pedal in front of a tube amp. True it makes a solid state amp sound fine, but you won't be getting a truly good sound until you plug it into a tube amp...even a cheap one like mine.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It just works sooooo well!

    By Gibsonplaya

    from Pretoria, South Africa

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I use the Hot British in conjunction with a dunlop Crybaby, a Boss OS-2 overdrive/distortion, and a Boss DD-3 digital delay, all played with a Gison Les Paul Standard through a 100watt 4x12 halfstack. I have to comment on the Tonebone's versatility and build quality. It's soft (and rather pretty) looks may deceive you into thinking that it won't last, but trust me, this thing is built like a tank! The 12ax7 tube provides warm, silky overdrive all the way through to totally insane saturation! Needless to say, the tonal possibilities are absolutely endless! I have never found a stomp box that compliments Gibson PAF's better! Definitely a product worth buying! Well done Radial!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Pretty wicked pedal

    By Eidolon-z9YBD

    from London, England

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    This pedal was phenominal, and I would have bought it if I had been looking for a distortion pedal to plug in through my amp. A few points to be cleared, though, are that 1) this pedal cant really make a Fender amp sound exactly like a Marshall tube stack; it sounds just a bit rougher, and 2) if you're looking for a pedal to plug straight in for recording, this pedal is NOT for you. It sounded just like a Frontman 15g with a Boss DS-1 (which incidentaly are less expensive than this pedal). Plugged into an amp, though, this pedal has enough switches to give you a variety that will last a lifetime.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth Every Penny

    By RafaHendrix@yahoo.com

    from Bellingham, WA

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    I own a solid state Marshall head. I was after that pure analog tube sound. This pedal turned my solid state head into a pure tube marshall head. The best part? I can dial in many tones and it has a pure tube sound. Don't buy any other pedal. This is all you need.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is where it's at

    By Strat Lover-3mUEM

    from Mount Vernon

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    The band I am in has been requiring me to have higher gain levels than I have (and higher than I would like to). I run an Eric Johnson strat straight into a Marshall Vintage Modern, and the tone is massive, but not extremely distorted. So, the other guitarist in the band who know runs a four channel tube/SS hybrid amp and now uses no effects let me take this baby home and try it out to see if I liked it.This thing SCREAMS. Although I am much more of a traditional guy and don't really believe in this super high gain stuff (as far as what I personally play), this thing is awesome. Most distortion pedals I've tried sound thin, cheesy, and harsh. The tube in this thing makes it warm and natural, which rules out the cheesy and harsh, and the EQ allows for an easily beefable sound, which rids of the thinness. This is the holy grail of distortion pedals, in my opinion. I crank my Marshall to get that good overdrive, and use my guitar knob for cleans. Slap this baby on top of that dirty amp, and boom. Huge, harmonic distorted beauty. I may be getting a booster for solos, but for now, this is the only effect pedal I use.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best distortion ever.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    If you're looking for the only distortion pedal you will ever need, this is it. I have been playing guitar for a long time and have gone through numerous distortion pedals, including the DS-1, MT-2, Jemini and Metal Muff, and none of them did anything for me. Now I have the Hot British, and it gives me the sound I have been looking for all this time. I play it through a Fender Super Champ XD (channel 1). Using that amp, I get tones that sound exactly like many of the metal bands from the 1980s. It sounds great no matter what the gain is set at, and it sounds great with the gain down and using an overdrive pedal to boost it. If you want the best distortion there is, this is it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    HOT TONE MACHINE!!!!!

    By Joe Jack

    from Peoria AZ

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    Worth every penny. I use this pedal in front of a Tech21 Trademark amp and I get the metal tones I've been searching for. Great for both rythm and lead. It complements my rig perfectly. Best distortion I've heard from a pedal/preamp.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I LIKE IT

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    People dont know how to buy & use products. I have alot of the pedals ,including the hot british, that seem to get bad reviews. The hot british is an exelent and tonefull distortion pedal. Well worth the money. It responds beutifuly to overdrive & dynamics. Remember there is a learning curve to every product & buy what you really need.. if you play metal; buy metal, if you play blues; buy blues. Dont buy a blues driver if you're playing Pantera. That said this pedal is fantastic, if you dont think so, you dont know what you are talking about, their is no such thing as a bad pedal, just bad players.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    HOT BRITISH!!!

    By Rene

    from Edmonton, AB, Canada

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal:

    This is honestly the best pedal I own. If you like AC/DC and Guns n' Roses style pf music then you'll love this pedal. Only thing is that this doesn't work with my Kustom Quad 100 DFX which is dumb...darn Kustom lol. But works in a small 15 watt Pignose and a Peavy amp for sure haha.There's soo many different sounds you can make out of this little beast. With High, Low, Contour and Drive you can do crazy stuff with it. AND there's even 3 switches on it to change the Top End, Voicing and Mid boost which does more crazy stuff haha. Mix them all up and create the tune you like!

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