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Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic V9

Radial Engineering Announces the Tonebone Classic V9  ·  Source: Radial Engineering

Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic V9

Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic V9  ·  Source: Radial Engineering

Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic V9

The original Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic  ·  Source: Radial Engineering

Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic V9 is a new, updated version of the Tonebone Classic pedal. Built in Canada, the V9 is smaller and can run off of a single 9V battery. It is, however, missing some important aspects of the original pedal.

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The new Tonebone Classic V9 has the same three preset switches and four knobs to control the tone. Yes, it is smaller. Okay, it will run off a battery now. But – and it’s a big one – where’s the tube gone? Or, for that matter, the filter knob?

I had the original Tonebone Classic and used it for a few years alongside other tube-based drive pedals, meaning that I had lots to compare it to. It was solidly made and sounded pretty ‘Marshall-like’ in tone. It didn’t have much character of its own compared to my Mesa V-Twin pedal or my Marshall JMP rack, for example. Yet it always sounded a bit nicer after it – and that little 12AX7 vacuum tube – had warmed up.

Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic V9

The original Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic – Based around a 12AX7 vacuum tube

 

Radial Engineering Tonebone Classic V9

Radial Engineering Announces the Tonebone Classic V9 – Missing a certain something… But it is smaller!

I am surprised that Radial have dropped the tube for the sake of adding battery power. It almost feels like a step backwards. But Radial have made some great pedals in the past, so I will wait until I actually get to hear one in the flesh, judging it without at least trying one out would be unfair. I really hope it sounds the same as – or even better than – the originals. Us guitarists love our valves and it would be a shame if the V9 doesn’t sound as good as the old one…

RRP USD 169.99 

Full details on the new ToneBone Classic V9 can be found here

by Jef
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