The original Tonebone Bassbone by Radial was used by players like Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, Rhonda Smith and Victor Wooten - in other words, some of the world’s greatest bass virtuosos, and in particular players who demand unparalleled clarity. The V2 version takes this same audio circuit but packs in a bunch of new features and flexibility.
You can connect two basses to the Bassbone V2 at one time and then toggle between them as needed. This makes mid-set bass changes a breeze. Each of the two channels have a separate level control too, so you can fi ne-tune the signal strength for each bass. There’s a passive interactive EQ which Radial says is so powerful that you can use it to “emulate switching from a P-Bass to a Rickey using the same bass!” There’s also a special PZB booster circuit which lets you connect a piezo-loaded instrument such as an upright bass or acoustic bass, and level match it with your magnetic pickup bass. New features include a boost footswitch which you can use either to engage a power booster for solos or as a mute switch for quiet on-stage tuning (although this isn’t really necessary because there’s a dedicated tuner output as well). There’s also an effect loop activated by a foot switch, with a wet/dry control which lets you maintain the integrity of the original signal and blend in as much of the effected sound as you like.
CONFIGURE IT OUT
I don’t know too many bass players who take two basses to a gig - although it does happen sometimes - so I can imagine most players would configure the Bassbone V2 for use with a single bass and using the EQ section as a foot-switchable virtual second channel. This is especially great if you have a passive bass but you occasionally require the expanded range of an active circuit, for instance cranking the highs and lows while zapping out some midrange for slap-andpop sounds. If you’re the kind of bass player who needs distortion, fuzz or overdrive from time to time, the blendable effects loop means you can have a bi-amped sound perfectly tailored to the musical situation.
Hits and Misses
Lots of signal routing options
Great FX Loop
Dedicated distortion section would be nice