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Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp

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Lets you combine add-on pickups and built-in active preamps!

The Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic DI Box Preamp is equipped with piezo acoustic input signal boosters to allow both add-on instrument pickups and built-in, integral active preamps to be combined for a more natural rendering. It is compact yet full featured, designed for both studio and live performance.

The Tonebone PZ-Pre instrument preamp begins with two inputs for two instruments, which can be toggled using the toggle footswitch. If you want to use two pickups on a single guitar, a unique Mix function is provided that converts the two channels from "either-or" to both. There are separate level controls for each input.

The tone shaping on the PZ-Pre preamplifier is simple yet extremely musical. It features powerful bass and high controls with a semi-parametric mid. This is supported with a feedback eliminating notch filter with variable frequency sweep control and choice of normal and extra deep notch filtering. To help eliminate troublesome resonance, a dual slope low cut (high pass filter) is also provided. An internal polarity reverse can also be engaged to help eliminate run-away feedback.

To augment on-stage performance, the PZ-Pre Direct Box Preamp is equipped with a combination power booster and effects loop bus. This allows you to introduce an effect such as a chorus, or boost the signal for soloing with a simple foot stomp. A separate tuner out has also been provided along with a mute footswitch for on-the-fly tuning.

To facilitate all kinds of monitoring, the Radial PZ-Pre offers the most comprehensive output array ever: A standard instrument amp output sends the instrument signal to your personal amplifier. A pre-EQ balanced lo-Z balanced output is used to route the flat, pre-equalized signal the signal to the front of house mix position, while a second XLR out is post-EQ for onstage monitoring and in-ear systems so that the musician can get the sound he wants. XLR outputs are equipped with polarity reverse and ground lift.

Like all Radial products, the PZ-Pre features heavy-duty 14-gauge construction and is supported with a 3-year transferable warranty. Comes equipped with an external 15VDC power supply.

FEATURES
Piezo acoustic input signal boosters
Designed for studio and live performance
Unique Mix function
1 -gauge construction
3-year transferable warranty

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SPECIFICATIONS
External 15VDC power supply
Input impedance regular: 6.8 kOhm
Input impedance piezo: 10 MOhm
PZB boost level: 10dB
Low cut roll-off pos-1: 75Hz
Low cut roll-off pos-2: 220Hz
Notch frequency range: 56Hz to 330Hz
Notch Q setting-1: 8dB
Notch Q setting-2: 15dB
Low frequency type and spec: Shelving type +/- 12dB @ 75Hz corner freq
Mid frequency range, type and spec: Parametric +/- 12dB 82Hz to 5.6Khz
High frequency type and spec: Shelving type +/- 12dB @ 7.5Khz corner freq
Boost level: 12dB
Effects send & receive : -10dB, Send 1 kOhm, Return 15 kOhm
Polarity Switch: 180 degrees (absolute phase reversal)
Input-1: 1/4" unbalanced
Input-2: 1/4" unbalanced
Insert send & receive: Send 1 kOhm, Return 15 kOhm
Output instrument: Hi-Z, coaxial, 1 kOhm
Output Tuner: Hi-Z, coaxial 6.8 kOhm
Pre-EQ: XLR male balanced mic level 600 ohms
Post-EQ: XLR male balanced mic level 600 ohms
Dimensions: 8" x 4-1/4" x 1-3/8" (203x108x35mm)
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Radial EngineeringTonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Portable (7)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (7), Experienced (4)

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great - but no power share'ers

By iwanabapilot

from Wichita

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

The Tonebone PZ-Pre is a great piece of gear that allows me to use my Fiddle & Mandolin and one tuner and it does everything in one box. The only thing that would make it better was if it had a bright built in tuner.I used LR Baggs, Para Acoustic DI and Gigpro preamps in the past. They sounded great but to duplicate what the PZ-Pre accomplishes I had two pre-amps, a boost pedal and a A/B switch,Now the bad; You cannot use a common power source with the PZ-Pre and any other pedal. The power source to the PZ-Pre has to be "transformer Isolated". I connected the PZ-Pre with my tuner and I got sparks when connecting the 1/4 TR cable between the two boxes, also no power. There is 16v between the power shield and the 1/4 TR shield on the PZ-Pre. So, you have to use individual wall warts. It looks like VooDoo Lab has a Pedal Power with isolated outputs.... I have not tried it. I called Radial Engineering and spoke with one of their Engineers. He claimed that all Tonebone products are built this way to reduce the possibility of noise.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Flexible and Mighty

By The Mudpuppy

from Fort Smith, AR

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

    I have a bunch of acoustic instruments that I want to play through an amp. I started with a classical guitar. I added a D-tar Soundspot which I played with externallly and eventually wired in permanently. The ToneBone is great because it has two input channels both of which are switchable to active or inactive pickups. Thus my steel string guitar with active pickup can be played through one channel and the classical guitar with the inactive Soundspot can go through the other. The two channels are switchable with a foot switch when you want to change instruments or they can both be active at the same time. The tone controls are easy to understand and offer great flexibility. There is a "boost" pot which is activated by another foot switch. Lastly there is a mute foot switch for tuning etc. Lots of other great features. I can't find anything to criticize.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    love it

    By M.Doctor

    from Gainesville FLA!

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

      I run a square neck dobro with a Fishman spider bridge pickup and an acoustic with an L. R. Baggs M1 through this thing. I bought the Fishman Jerry Douglas imaging pedal (for a ridiculous price mind you) for the dobro and hated it. There was very little control. The Tonebone is the complete opposite. The thing is awesome. I dont need an A/B switch anymore, the boost gives the extra punch when soloing, I have complete control of my EQ and the effect loop works perfect. Not to mention the added bonus of the mute button. Gigged with it the same day it arrived left for the weekend and played 4 shows in 3 days and havent looked back. LOVE this thing. Boom.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Love it!

      By alanasdansing

      from Fort Collins, CO

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great tone
      • Great Volume Boost
      • Lots of options
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

        I play viola in a rock band. I have tried other pre amps and eventually just bought a Roland AC 90 to use as a preamp/monitor. Though at most gigs I will still use the AC 90 as a monitor the Tonebone has added IMMENSELY to the sound. I can't believe it has taken me this long to buy it. In many cases I don't even need the amp anymore to hear myself. The boost feature is a great bonus and works perfectly as you can adjust the volume of the boost or run loops through that feature.

        I've only owned it for a few weeks however. I'll be interested to know how long the electronics hold up. I'd also like to have reverb and effects features in one box (I use other pedals now for that). However for the price I'd say this is 100% worth it and necessary if you want to play an acoustic stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bazuki etc.) in a rock band.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works wonders for my ghost system

        By nobody special

        from Undisclosed

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        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

        Okay so I customized my Epi Dot and installed a Graph Tech Ghost system to give me a belnd of acoustic and electric tones. Problem is none of my other acoustic preamps sounded right. Some were too dark and some were too bright, Baggs to Tech 21 I wasn't finding the right sound. So I bought this seeing how I had already bought just about everything else.

        At first I wasn't sure if I liked it. I mean I loved all it's features, the fx loop, the pre and post outs, dedicated tuner out, what's not to love? Accept I thought it sounded a bit sterile. But that was just me sitting around strumming chords all by myself.

        Then I did what I should have done in the first place, I played it in a band situation and viola. My acoustic sound was sitting better in the mix and was not getting washed out by the bass. I was suddenly able to hear why I spent all that money on a ghost system in the first place.

        I don't know what this preamp sounds like with actual acoustic guitar. I didn't buy it for that. I bought it for my piezo equipped Dot, and for that particular purpose it excells.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Radial Tonebone Acoustic Preamp

        By VocalMann

        from MN

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        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

        Let me begin by stating that I am an acoustic lover, and I am also very finicky about tone. I had high expectation when I ordered this pedal and I was not let down! The first thing I noticed was the all metal construction - durability to the max. Then I read the manual(yes I do those kinds of things). Next I plugged it in, running an Alvarez acoustic with electronics into a tube amp - this is where it blew me away. The Radial Pz-Pre is completely silent! The transperency of the signal is amazing and the tone shaping tools are responsive and very musical. If you are looking for a quality preamp that has pure musical integrity - your search is at an end. Highly recommend.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow

        By Jaceen

        from Minnesota

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        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

        I can't think of anything bad to say about this pedal. It's built like a tank (and could probably survive a bombing raid), has everything I could want in a preamp, excellent eq's, phase reversal, etc. The Radial PZ-pre Acoustic Direct Box/Preamp is awesome. I've never had a problem with reliability either. It works very well for blending mandolin and acoustic guitar together. I would highly recommend this preamp. and on a sidenote, I chose overnight shipping on December 23 and received the pedal on December 24! This pedal has made my experience with MF and Radial very pleasing.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Radial Tonebone PZ -pre

        By tpro

        from Rochester, NY

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        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

        I have only had my Tonebone PZ-pre for about two weeks but I think these are perhaps some of the best weeks of the 'musical' part of my life. I'm a mandolin, violin, guitarist/bassist of more then 35 years experience playing . I have never stopped trying to get the best tone available for on-stage playing AND recording. The problem has been I've wanted it all and had to settle for less, till now. The PZ is what I've been waiting for. I use a MI-SI pickup for my Mandolin and a Shadow NFX for the fiddle. For pure tone it's hard to beat active pickups. Most important to me is the the duel channel capabilities. But this is WAY more then an A/B box. With three stomp buttons I can easily go from my mandolin to my fiddle with eaze without sacrificing tone or worrying about volume differences. The middle boost button with it's variable volume is the perfect thing for solos, and let's face it, who 'doesn't' need a by pass switch?. The EQ is top quality the tonal options seem endless. It's got a notch filter that truly kills all feedback problems. and much more. I've already used it in live diverse stage situations and I've been able to easily and quickly get what I need in all of them. The option of the input for a tuner is really handy but a built in one might be nicer for some. I don't find this to be any sort of inconvenience though. It works beautifully with my Carvin AG model acoustic amp and I'm certain would do as well with most amp brands . Or, You can skip the stage amp and run it strait to the board and/or monitors. This is a quality box built to last . Glad I found out about it . It's the answer for anyone using more then one instrument and does not want to settle for anything less then the best. To me it's worth three times the price.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this Preamp!!!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

        I play my guitar and mandolin through this pedal they both sound awesome on any stage through virtually any PA. My only complaint is it needs AC power, and cannot run on batteries.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You must have this!

        By Worship Pastor

        from VA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

            When the tech at the board (digital) is grinning and says that sounds great and give me more gain and more EQ, you know you made the right purchase. My only problem now is what Radial pedal to buy next!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Simply The Best

            By Philco

            from Toronto, Ontario

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

              I've been a gear head and a tube snob all my life. I have so much equipment I can start my own music store. I'm in the process of selling every single bit of it. The only thing I need is my guitars, my Yamaha THR-10, My Bose L2 PA and my Tonebone PZ-Pre. I can pack everything in the trunk of a car and fill a large hall with enough sound to please several hundred people. Get the Tonebone ... you won't be disappointed.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really versatile

              By Doofus1

              from Richlands VA

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

                I play acoustic guitar, mandolin and upright bass on stage and was looking for a professional-quality pre that I could easily plug them all into. Although there are only two inputs, most of the time that's enough. What really amazed me, though, is how little tweaking I have to do when switching between instruments. When I'm going from acoustic guitar to mandolin, all I really have to do is cut out most of the "Low." Otherwise, the tone is excellent for both instruments.

                I did notice, however, that making sure you've matched the Tonebone to the correct pickup type (magnetic or piezo), makes a HUGE difference. If they aren't matched, the sound is thin and noisy.

                Still, I mostly use the Tonebone through a Roland AC60 (except with the bass) and could not be more pleased. The "Boost" switch is very handy for solos. My only wish is that it also had compression, reverb, and chorus thrown in. If it did, I'd never need another acoustic box.

                 
                5.0

                Works GREAT for Bass Violin

                By Matt

                from Gloucester Virginia

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

                  I use this product in my signal chain which amplifies a bass violin. I have been trying to get this volume for 18 years. I'm super glad I finally figured it out. There is so much to say about this product but I'm not going to write a long review. I just wanted to say that I am super satisfied and have zero complaints. It sounds great and does what it says it does.

                   
                  5.0

                  Best piece an acoustic player can own

                  By Acoustic acrobat

                  from Cleveland OH

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

                    I perform solo and depend on a power sound from my guitar that people can feel. The tonebone delivers a clean solid bass, allows me to EQ pretty precisely giving me great clarity and it allows me to split a signal for recording and monitor moxing. Great for running multiple guitars through.

                     
                    5.0

                    best i;ve ever used.

                    By jim

                    from new york

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

                      this is a must have piece of equipment for the gigging musician who plays multiple instruments. the naturaal acoustic sound is amazing and switching on the fly has never been easier. construction is bulllit proof.

                       
                      5.0

                      Absolutely Phenomenal!

                      By Mibbly

                      from Bay Village, Ohio

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

                        Takes a bit of finagling to get it just right, but paired with a Realist Lifeline on my upright bass and I have great volume and sound with no feedback!

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        PERFECT FOR ME

                        By Callfox

                        from Wisconsin

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                        Pros

                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic Direct Box Preamp:

                          Finally found the Pre/DI I've been looking for. My onboard Preamp died, and never did sound good. Always had a metallic tone to it. Plugged the hole and ran the body piezos and soundhole pick up out the back, both passive. I plug them into the Radial and mix them. Great sound and control.
                          I may replace the GTR's preamp to have EQ on both imputs or just add EQ before the PZ-pre.

                          On my other GTR, the pre still works, so with a quick change on the PZ-Pre to accept the active signal of the under saddle piezo and imput 2 takes the sound hole pick up and away we go.
                          This also solves the problem of only being able to use the equalizer on 1 of the imputs. I use the GTR's onboard EQ for 1 imput and the Radial's EQ for the other imput. Works fine.

                          THANKS RADIAL for a GR8 product. Will get others you offer. FX go into the loop easily. A line up to my PA and one to my amp and it's show time.

                          Tuner jack to the Peterson strobe comes in real handy also.

                          Seems to be built like a tank. Hope to have it for many years.

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