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Radial Engineering Tonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal   (Open Box)
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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
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Radial EngineeringTonebone Hot British Tube Drive Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 41 reviews)

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  • Excellent sound quality (3)

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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
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    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • 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

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    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)

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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