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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; f...Read More

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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.

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

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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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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5.0

Simply the best

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

    This pedal delivers the best tube flavored high gain sound you can get. period! Make no mistake-TUBE PEDALS RULE! They have the bite and dynamics that non tube pedals cannot deliver. I've got and had a lot of high end distortion/od pedals and this one beats em all. Other pedals in my oversized arsenal include Bogner, Blackstar, Hughes and Kettner, Vox, Heptode, Seymour Duncan, Boss and more. If a high gain pedal is what you need, buy this and stop looking.

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    4.0

    Classic OD Tube tone

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

      This product takes tube OD to the next level. With all of the variables in tone you sorta go crazy back and forth between settings. But if you are very, very picky about your tone you can eventually find the right freq you are looking for. Only real issue is 15V adaptor, Tonebone doesn't make this facet obvious. I run this back and forth with OCD. OCD can't be beat, IMO. I want this to sound better, but I just can't bring it to top OCD. It's been a week, maybe I can plug it elsewhere on chain. It's dynamic, but for a true tube tone I was expecting more dynamics. Like coming from an actual tube inside of an amp's pre-amp. Don't take my review as Biblical. I've done many reviews and reread 2 years later thinking, "huh"??

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      5.0

      Very nice!

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      from Santa Cruz

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

        Warmer tones than an OCD, and great in combination with it.

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        5.0

        The absoulte BEST distoriton pedal !!!!

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

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          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.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Tone Machine

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          from Amherst Massachuestts

          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.

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          5.0

          Another winner from Radial

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          from York, PA (nowhere)

          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...

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          5.0

          Great Pedal

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          from Chicago, Il

          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.

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          5.0

          Best distortion ever.

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          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.

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          4.0

          Had Technical Problems

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          from Brattleboro, VT

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

          Although this pedal sounds great on solid state amps and also has a variety of tone shaping controls, I found that it did not sound very good on any tube amp that I tried it on. Also, within a week the second channel began to have problems. Occasionally it would cut in volume or cut out completely when I switched from channel one to channel two. I ended up exchanging the pedal for store credit. Apparently you can send the pedal to Radial and they will fix it, but I wanted a pedal that sounded good to me on both solid state and tube amps.

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          5.0

          This is where it's at

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          from Mount Vernon

          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.

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