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Radial Engineering Bassbone Pedal

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Radial Engineering Bassbone Pedal

Suppose you’re a bassist on a gig that calls for the use of two instruments but you just have one single-channel amp. That situation isn’t uncommon, but the problem it creates is. Let’s say the two instruments in question are a Fender P bass-style electric and a fretless, something akin to the B.Bo bass also reviewed in this issue. Each bass requires its own unique EQ and gain tweaking to sound its best, but since the two share an amplifier, the amp’s tone settings have to be readjusted every time you switch instruments. Plenty of items exist to quell this dilemma, but perhaps none do so with the ease and sonic fidelity of Radial Engineering’s Bassbone ($299 list), a signal-management/preamp pedal used by no less than John Patitucci.

Radial couldn’t have made the Bassbone pedal simpler to use. Straight out the box, and with me paying no regard to the instruction manual, it took nothing more than plugging in and turning its knobs to understand the key functions and put them to use. Two phono inputs allow entry for a pair of bass signals, which are output via either a phono or XLR jack (a balanced, direct output used for patching in directly to a mixing console or PA system). A toggle footswitch selects which bass signal is sent to the output.

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