Radial Engineering Classic
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Classic, Distortion from Radial Engineering in the Tonebone series.

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moosers01/09/2010

moosers's review

Radial Engineering Classic
The Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic is a tube overdrive pedal designed for electric guitar.  The pedal is made up of analog components and has 1/4 inch connections for both input and output.  The pedal requires the power supply that comes with it and this isn't rack mountable as it is a stomp box.  I believe that the pedal has a 12AX7 tube inside of it.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic isn't anything out of the ordinary, although there are a nice amount of parameters to work with here.  You've got knobs for level, high, low, filter, and drive, and then there are switches for top end, mid boost, and drive gain, each of which have three possible settings.  It actually has a pretty similar make up to the Nady TD-1 tube overdrive, which I believe got its idea from the Tonebone.  Unless you've got no experience whatsoever with overdrive pedals and/or these parameters don't seem familiar to you, I don't think that a manual in needed.


SOUND QUALITY

Radial Engineering's Tonebone Classic has an absolutely killer tone quality.  Its one of the best tube overdrive pedals out there in my opinion, as it not only has a full bodied tone, but is also quite versatile due to the amount of parameters that you've got to work with here.  I've used the pedal for recording with a Fender Strat and a Mesa Boogie amp, and the combination of this is definitely a good one as I was very happy with the sounds that I was able to achieve.  The pedal is great for both rhythm and lead tones, but I especially love the pedal for the crunchy rhythm sounds that I'm able to get with it.


OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for a real tube overdrive pedal, the Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic definitely needs to be considered.  It isn't the cheapest pedal out there, but it is reasonable for a real tube pedal as it is comparable to others on the market.  My favorite part about the Tonebone is how versatile it is, as I can get all sorts of tube overdrive tones with the pedal.  This is definitely a pedal I would highly recommend for anyone who is interested in getting a tube overdrive pedal, or just an overdrive pedal in general...
Qill05/13/2014

Qill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Radial Engineering Classic
Fender pedal drive with 1 Lamp Type 12AX7, it is in the version with single channel pedal trimode home Radial
1 level
1 low
1 high
1 filter
1 drive
1 3-position switch for top end (brightness level)
1 3-position switch for voicing
1 switch 3 position to drive gain
True Bypass
little regret there is no knob middle, just a little switch

UTILIZATION

RAS

SOUND QUALITY

already good this pedal sounds a little better than her twin sister Hot British, against by not expect to find a sound distortion as written is not a DS1, it is nice drive in the drive by pushing the button beyond 13h it quickly becomes rough and fuzzy, it's light fashion that best expresses against it stays straight and clean in this fashion, I think it lacks dynamic it seems to a pedal built for console or bedding and patching is very neutral it lacks grain, otherwise you will be included but the lamp is completely useless, purely commercial argument,

OVERALL OPINION

Radial pedals I say no after disappointing in the Hot British Plexi style, then we share in the Fender style I find more sensation with pedals Wampler as the Tweed 57 black and 65 are good for me above the rest, While the radial came out well before may be at the time it was a reference except that today there more choices as Tech21, Wampler ... when we see more of Radial prices they are no shit guys, if the limit it sounded hell why not but this is what ... blah
defre556402705/09/2012

defre5564027's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" enormous possibilities"

Radial Engineering Classic
pedal tube (12AX7). We feel the contribution of this lamp on her.

UTILIZATION

Level settings, is not easy ....... even if the three buttons under the knobs, broadening the types of sounds that can be drawn from the machine.

SOUND QUALITY

indeed effective. All sounds are allowed, we just regret not being able to memorize them (but that's another story)
I plug one in usa telecaster, a strat usa, a tokai sg or my Epiphone Les Paul. fiddling with the knobs a bit, we found it with any instrument.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 months. I do not let go even if it does not have a monopoly of my distorted sounds. cohabits with a TS9 (and works fine with), with an Xotic AC + and a MT2 and TS7.
120 euros bought secondhand, I feel I have a really good deal. It just lacks a built-in bonus boost. I would let me be tempted by her twin sister, the Red Hot British. If I see her in occaze .......
in any case good quality of manufacture.
alexmar10/02/2007

alexmar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Radial Engineering Classic
Analog Distortion lamp. (12AX7)
Entrance, exit and a bypass switch (true bypass ...)
Extremely simple and efficient, just missing a little potentiomtre for mediums.

UTILIZATION

The sound comes immediately, there is hope thanks to sculptable three switches (treble, mids and gain), the egalistion bass / treble and reglache "filter" that changes the brightness.

SOUND QUALITY

The distortion is great, a sort of big fat crmeux drive with a Les Paul, very dirty and aggressive with a telecaster, it is versatile trs.
I use it as a preamp with a Sovtek mig-50 head into a 4x12 STRID NOS and hard!
As against a does not work with all amps, not so good in my old fender for example.

Edit on 02/10/2007, so if in fact the fender is even more beautiful!

OVERALL OPINION

It's been a few months now that I use every day and I am fully satisfied, it is relatively expensive (just over 200 if I remember correctly) but well worth the. I just regret the lack of a knob of mediums in the equalization, which would have made more "flexible", the switch has three positions being a little violent.
I have an essay and dozens of other distos is my prfre with Tubescreamer (these are also the two I have in my pedal board, the TS used a boost Tonebone).
I wonder if I will not buy one deuxime, pet-be the Hot British for other sounds ... it tell you if I'm happy!
Berzin01/16/2007

Berzin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Radial Engineering Classic
For the description, everything has been said. It's solid, well designed, very ergonomic.

UTILIZATION

The operation is very simple to understand. No worries on that side. The knobs are easy to read.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound is superb, very hot, with lots of harmonics. I use it with an LP or a Start, a Bogner amp. The overdrive is more dirty, more blues than the Bogner, it allows for an extra sound. One plus is the very gradual gain staging, which allows all types of classic distortion, that is to say, with relatively little gain. Bass and treble settings are most effective that I have heard! You can also set the midrange, allowing her to have a fairly Marshall, even if the amp which inspired this pedal is the Bassman. Its beautiful and much warmer than my Line6 and natural crunch that will "blend" not so much the grain of the amp. on the other hand, as mentioned above, the volume control is not always easy, due to the interaction of different settings. For example with the LP, I set one overdrive barely stronger than the clear sound of the amp, I plug my Start, the volume is much louder than the sound clear ... Another flaw: it goes very quickly feedback. Much more than the overdrive of Bogner, even if I put some treble.

A transistor amp, it is less relevant. Finally, it is not a tube screamer, it makes very clear on her (including that of Bogner is very pure and slightly compressed), a saturated sound, it sounds quickly boiled.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for four months, it's expensive, but I think it's justified because it has great sound and a wide variety of settings. The main handicap is the tendency to feedback (unless you research it) and adjusting the volume, but it comes out easily. It is ideal for the distortion vintage sound, between crunch and overdrive. Of course, we need the rest of the material to follow. I tested the mid-range gear, the sound was not great, a Maxon overdrive was doing better. I guess there are other excellent pedals lamps (Badcat, Maxon, Soldano ...) I have not tried everything.
sdehais06/06/2006

sdehais's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Radial Engineering Classic
1 12AX7
1 input jack + output jack 1
1 footswitch

Volume 1 output
An acute setting
An adjustment of bass
A presence control (filter)
A gain setting

+ 1 button 3 settings bass / treble:
* Treble boost
* Its normal
* Bass Boost

+ 1 button 3 settings mediums:
* Flat
* Boost mids (good for out of the mix)
* Double boost the mids (very very well out of the mix for even more ...)

3 positions + 1 button gain adjustment:
* Normal
* More gain
* And even more than more gain!

With all the possible settings, you can use the manual, very well done, in French quickly discover all the different sounds you can have. After must be made to find his SON! All the settings are super effective!

UTILIZATION

With all the possible settings, you can use the manual, very well done, in French quickly discover all the different sounds you can have. After must be made to find his SON! All the settings are super effective!

Mastering settings is very fast, each button speaks for itself by its name ...

SOUND QUALITY

Well then there must be clear and precise: it's a HUGE coming out of this little box!

I have a stratocaster deluxe, with a Peavey DeltaBlues mounted on a ppc412 Orange (I remove the HP of course peavey !...) Well I made jealous ...

It's a full preamp, I compared the sound to a head XLrevo 120: The Tonebone plugged directly into the effects loop for not going through the preamp, compared to "large" channel of the head .. .
Ba the Tonebone is comparable to the preamp section of the revo .... Whether at the level of gain accuracy, harmonics, cleanliness of the ... I think there heads who have trouble to do so. Basically, if you have a power amp lamp of good quality, with this kind of pedal you can boast the same sound with a full head lamps that it would have cost you an arm and a head .. .

OVERALL OPINION

The trick of such a boring pedal is what is good in several areas: the crunch, the big rock to rock already very very nasty ... (There's the british version for metals ...) So the shot we want, or change its settings for each song played to always have the sound, is to have 2 or 3 to get his few sounds.

I use it for more than 6 months, no worries, I got it for less than € 210 (Please Gillou!). Then it's on it already but a sum comparable to what you would spend for the same sound with a head ....

And if it again I would resume the same! (Not British because I'm not too metal ...) to have two;)

I have to make recordings for you to enjoy ... But you can listen to on the site of Tonebone (http://www.tonebone.com/tb-classic.htm) And for fans of Eric Johnson, you will be pleasantly surprised!
ferland06/12/2005

ferland's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Radial Engineering Classic
Say good sound distortion ... ouch what the lamp power
conect out in a very simple pretty heavy seems fragile
only catch one's true but what the ..... ouch

UTILIZATION

Configuration gnrale the simplest in the world
The edition sounds low for there is that REALLY a bass sound that is transformed
fat to the pot and switch

The manual not need it is so simple but it is in good french

SOUND QUALITY

Very particular we love the crazy, or at least in my case is s love at first sight
The effect is very effective, and well .. ralistes say that 50 years have all day to try almost
bose of the OD-1 to the MH-2 gt-6 AX-1500 Ibanez pod ect ...
but the day I punch in my taste .. with the Tonebone
My old TELECASTEUR on my fender City 4-10 to her husband very quickly with the pedals
that gives me the sound finally looking for power at will sustain high quality distortion even and especially in the top of the neck or the strings so hard to be reacted with a charm without usual. PDAL perfectly adapted to the Fender amp

OVERALL OPINION

I use the past six months and the sustain and power is incredible
j is yet to spend the pedals only problem the price
What is yet to be cheap pedals 10 to finish one day or another with the Tonebone