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The 12AX7 tube-equipped Radial Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal has true-bypass and 2 distorted channels with separate input drive and output level ...Read More

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Set up three channels of tone on a single-channel amp!

The 12AX7 tube-equipped Radial Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal has true-bypass and 2 distorted channels with separate input drive and output level controls. It allows you to set up completely different clean, rhythm, and solo tones from a single pedal and amp combination. There's even an effects loop on channel 2 so you can insert an effect automatically when soloing. Tonebone pedal features include 3-position tone shaping, drive ranges switches, 2-band EQ, independent mid boost on each channel, and high frequency roll-off.

FEATURES
  • 12AX7-equipped tube distortion pedal
  • True-bypass
  • 2 distortion channels
  • Separate input drive and output level controls
  • Effects loop on channel 2
  • 3-position tone shaping
  • Drive range switches
  • 2-band EQ
  • Independent mid boost on each channel
  • High frequency roll-off
  • TRS effects loop insert on channel 2
  • 8"W x 5"H
  • 14 gauge steel construction

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Radial EngineeringTonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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Incredible depth!!!!

I also have the Radial Hot British Tonebone pedal and have really enjoyed it. I did quite a bit of research before I bought the TriMode distortion pedal. While you can end up overlapping...Read complete review

I also have the Radial Hot British Tonebone pedal and have really enjoyed it. I did quite a bit of research before I bought the TriMode distortion pedal. While you can end up overlapping some of the sounds with both Tonebone pedals, each has a host of unique tones...and that is why I bought the TriMode...to compliment what I get with the Hot British. From a general "tone" perspective, the sounds that you can get with the TriMode are thicker and warmer than what you get with the Hot British pedal. They are extremely well suited to classic rock, blues, and fusion. As it's name implies, the Hot British has a little "hotter" overall gain sound than the TriMode...still, the TriMode does well for hard rock too. The clarity of the tones that you get with the TriMode are sensational and a little adjustment goes a long, long way with this pedal. Small adjustments yield fascinating tonal changes...making the exploration/experimentation of this pedal a serious joy. To an extent, each time I sit down with it, I feel a little like a mad scientist...albeit a guitar version. I also enjoy the three "modes" (TriMode), allowing for clean (bypass), rhythm, and lead tones for each of the channels. This is a great for a live gig where you really only need three basic tones....because you can set the pedal up and "GO". In the past, I've had to have two separate distortion/overdrive pedals in sync to pull this off. The TriMode greatly simplies this scenario for me. Yes...the pedal is expensive. That is true. I must admit that prior to buying it, seeing the "star" name endorsements kind of put me off...int he sense that who wants to pay for that kind of marketing cost? However, the money ended up being well worth it. My only "gripe" is that the unit isn't nearly as quiet as Radial claims...but then again, that is what my Rocktron Hush IIC is for.

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This Pedal has a lot of options

Yes, this pedal offers a plethora of adjustments. Working with it is a process of trying to find the settings that don't sound bad.

I use a wet/dry setup...Read complete review

Yes, this pedal offers a plethora of adjustments. Working with it is a process of trying to find the settings that don't sound bad.

I use a wet/dry setup miced with an SM57, and at louder recorded volumes, this pedal has the same problems as the classic tube screamer and SD-1. It sounds grumby at the lowest gain settings, and when used to boost high gain amps, it adds a thin/nasally quality. All the buttons and sliders in the world do not change the fundamental problems of a basic overdrive. For a modern OD that solves these problems, check out the VOX Ice 9.

It works best as a mid gain pedal. For both low and high gain there are better choices. It CAN do everything, but not particularly well.

I found that in order to remove the harsh treble at lower gain settings, (just wanting a little bit of saturation for chording without nasty speaker grumble on top), I had to chop the treble with the slope, and/or completely roll off the presence with the filter.

The active low/high and the mid switch, when deviating from the baseline, just make the sound thinner. These excess EQ adjustments don't provide much benefit as they overlap with the EQ controls of your amp. I would dial in a "good" sound with the EQ, and then do an AB comparison with my SD-1, and the trimode has a tendency to sound small and nasally.

The gain and volume pots have tricky operation at their lower settings, just trying to get a smidge of gain is tricky without having the pedal cut out. And when you do get just the right amount, it sounds "farty" or grumbly, like an SD-1. This with medium output humbuckers and medium output stacked singles (neck).

The demos of the pedal I have heard sound great, but I think this is because the pedal mated well with the guitar.

Because all the EQ settings are shared, having two channels with separate gain/vol controls doesnt really gain much beyond adding complexity to setting it up.

I find this to be a troublesome, overly-complicated overdrive that doesn't payoff the work you put into dialing in your settings.




A lot of features, many are not particularly useful.
Some of the pots are scratchy. It looks good quality.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Tonebone Tri Mode

By Robert-BY49q

from Madison, WI

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

I expected so much more out of this pedal, but it has no drive, is thin and excessively trebley when used in a high gain circuit. The pedal should provide alot more bite than it does. There are dozens of pedals that are less than half the price of this one that sound way better. I recommend that you pass on this one. It's now sitting in it's box and I can't even sell it for half of what I paid.
It has alot of "features", unfortunately most of them are poorly designed or just ineffective for my use.
It's built well, with a thick metal case and the foot switches seem robust.
This pedal is far too expensive for it's capability. The sound is thin, flimsy and after several hours of playing with every setting/adjustment it has, I gave up.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

This Pedal has a lot of options

By Chris-hOT.v

from Undisclosed

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

Yes, this pedal offers a plethora of adjustments. Working with it is a process of trying to find the settings that don't sound bad.

I use a wet/dry setup miced with an SM57, and at louder recorded volumes, this pedal has the same problems as the classic tube screamer and SD-1. It sounds grumby at the lowest gain settings, and when used to boost high gain amps, it adds a thin/nasally quality. All the buttons and sliders in the world do not change the fundamental problems of a basic overdrive. For a modern OD that solves these problems, check out the VOX Ice 9.

It works best as a mid gain pedal. For both low and high gain there are better choices. It CAN do everything, but not particularly well.

I found that in order to remove the harsh treble at lower gain settings, (just wanting a little bit of saturation for chording without nasty speaker grumble on top), I had to chop the treble with the slope, and/or completely roll off the presence with the filter.

The active low/high and the mid switch, when deviating from the baseline, just make the sound thinner. These excess EQ adjustments don't provide much benefit as they overlap with the EQ controls of your amp. I would dial in a "good" sound with the EQ, and then do an AB comparison with my SD-1, and the trimode has a tendency to sound small and nasally.

The gain and volume pots have tricky operation at their lower settings, just trying to get a smidge of gain is tricky without having the pedal cut out. And when you do get just the right amount, it sounds "farty" or grumbly, like an SD-1. This with medium output humbuckers and medium output stacked singles (neck).

The demos of the pedal I have heard sound great, but I think this is because the pedal mated well with the guitar.

Because all the EQ settings are shared, having two channels with separate gain/vol controls doesnt really gain much beyond adding complexity to setting it up.

I find this to be a troublesome, overly-complicated overdrive that doesn't payoff the work you put into dialing in your settings.




A lot of features, many are not particularly useful.
Some of the pots are scratchy. It looks good quality.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Incredible tone with a design flaw that makes it worse than a toy

By Bill Shaw

from midwest

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

Wow does this sound incredible and wow is it expensive. Problem is, the channel 1/channel 2 selector switch doesn't work. Bigger problem is, I did some reading on the web and I'm not the only one. So, Radial is aware of the problem and has been for some time and is still selling the products with the defective switch. Its a pretty expensive pedal... So... It maybe should... work consistently? I'd make absolutely sure if you buy this that you ask for the extended warranty because when the switch goes belly-up like mine did the second time I turned it on... You know the deal... A few hours or more out of your day calling and repacking and returning and talking to customer service, etc. All while you have no pedal and are paying the bill or have already paid the bill. Pain in the butt for a great sounding pedal that is effectively worse than a toy. Honestly, though, I do love the tone and the pedal seems otherwise pretty solid and well made. As long as they will include the extended warranty with a replacement so I don't have to worry about this happening again at my cost (or theirs) for at least 3 years, I'll take a chance on another one.

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5.0

good stuff...

By sanjaj-z_QNz

from JAkarta

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

I've own this pedal for 2 years now.., its a good overdrive n distortion pedal, the distortion had a very distinctive sound than any other distortion pedal i would say that it had a bright sounding distortion, the overdrive is quite versatile u can make all kinds of sound from blues to modern rock.. but honestly i prefer fulltone mosfet.. but overall this pedal is a worth a try, if u had the money..

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4.0

Nice!

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

great pedal, very versatile, a little weak. just to give some perspective on drive levels... the "high gain" setting is pretty close if not the equivalent of a boss super overdrive sd-1. better tone, but not much gain. the tube you will probably want to replace, I chose a Mullard pre-amp tube,very happy with it. Overall a great addition to your arsenal, but for modern rock you may want a stronger pedal to assist.

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5.0

Amazing Pedal

By Snackcake

from ARkansas

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

So I just got this pedal and I must say that it is absolutely amazing. Two separate and fairly distinct tones with independent controls really allow you to dial in your perfect tones for rhythm or solos. The tube circuitry makes this a lot warmer than any other OD or DIST pedal I've ever owned. My only beef is that the pedal can be a little noisy at extreme gain settings and I wish the other two tone switches were like the mid boost switch with independent channel control. Overall great pedal. I can't wait to play my first show with it.

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5.0

Mountain Breeze

By Mountain Breeze-CGm55

from Faifield, PA

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

This is the best money I've spent yet on equipment. Had it about 5 months. I play a lite ash Strat through the trimode and feed it into a Crate Powerblock set up "clean" and into a Crate 1x12 cab that I put a Vintage 30 in. Poor man's super portable tube tone rig and it is great. The trimode becomes the preamp and feeds great controllable tube tone of your choice to a clean amp setup. I agree that the mids could use their own pot control rather that a 3 position sw but other than that you have total control over 3 channels - clean (bypass), rhythm and lead. I don't use the insert, as your other pedals only work on the lead. I do get a little hum when the tube is in the line - bypass is true bypass and so is hum free. This is only minor and you can't hear it when your playing so I just kick it to bypass between songs. Great pedal - solid as a rock - can't wait to try it with a real tube amp behind it.

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5.0

Incredible depth!!!!

By Chris Stookey

from Spokane, WA

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

I also have the Radial Hot British Tonebone pedal and have really enjoyed it. I did quite a bit of research before I bought the TriMode distortion pedal. While you can end up overlapping some of the sounds with both Tonebone pedals, each has a host of unique tones...and that is why I bought the TriMode...to compliment what I get with the Hot British. From a general "tone" perspective, the sounds that you can get with the TriMode are thicker and warmer than what you get with the Hot British pedal. They are extremely well suited to classic rock, blues, and fusion. As it's name implies, the Hot British has a little "hotter" overall gain sound than the TriMode...still, the TriMode does well for hard rock too. The clarity of the tones that you get with the TriMode are sensational and a little adjustment goes a long, long way with this pedal. Small adjustments yield fascinating tonal changes...making the exploration/experimentation of this pedal a serious joy. To an extent, each time I sit down with it, I feel a little like a mad scientist...albeit a guitar version. I also enjoy the three "modes" (TriMode), allowing for clean (bypass), rhythm, and lead tones for each of the channels. This is a great for a live gig where you really only need three basic tones....because you can set the pedal up and "GO". In the past, I've had to have two separate distortion/overdrive pedals in sync to pull this off. The TriMode greatly simplies this scenario for me. Yes...the pedal is expensive. That is true. I must admit that prior to buying it, seeing the "star" name endorsements kind of put me off...int he sense that who wants to pay for that kind of marketing cost? However, the money ended up being well worth it. My only "gripe" is that the unit isn't nearly as quiet as Radial claims...but then again, that is what my Rocktron Hush IIC is for.

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5.0

Try the Trimode!

By Chris Stookey

from Spokane, WA

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

Ok...it's expensive...realy expensive for a distortion box. So...what does the high price give you? HUGE ABILITY TO METICULOUSLY SCULPT YOUR DISTORTION. From just a simple clean boost to a hot "stack" sound, the Trimode allows you to really hone in on your tone and tweak to your heart's delight. The true bypass is a definite asset...and if you include this in, the Trimode has three channels (hence, the "Tri" in Trimode, I suppose). With the bypass, you have your clean sound, with Channel 1, you've got your rhythm sound and with Channel 2, you've got your lead sound. My only significant criticism of this unit is that Channel one share the "High and Low" adjustments and it would be nice to have the ability to adjust these independently of one another. Overall the sound of this unit is beautifully warm. Is it the tube that gives it that sound? Probably. Does it work well with solid state amps? DEFINITELY. In fact, perfectly. Does it work well with tube amps? Well, yes, of course. Again, the biggest plus for this unit is the ability to really tweak the tone to nth degree. Cool unit!

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5.0

Nasty--and that's good!

By Mark-KJk8H

from Santa Clarita, CA

Comments about Radial Engineering Tonebone TriMode Distortion Pedal:

This unit provides many options and thus makes light work of heavy guitar duties. From the true bypass clean to the light crunch to the heavy crunch, overdrive sounds are covered. Plus there are many ways to color the sounds using the on-board controls. Don't forget the effects loop that allows you to add a pedal to the lead channel. Very flexible. Only drag--it's pricey. But then it is tube driven so that good sound is well worth it. Clean, clear and crunchy without solid-state fizz and fuzz. Highly recommended.

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