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Distortion: Tonebone Classic vs. Fulldrive 2


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I own the FDII and recently tried the Tonebone classic. Two different beasts if you ask me. The FDII is good with an already overdriven amp to drive it into more od-kind of smooth, great with single coils on the fm or vintage settings, humbuckers on the comp cut setting.

The Tonebone seems to want a clean amp so it does all the work. Lots of harmonics, but a little buzzy to me. I don't know if something was amiss, but the bass on the pedal had to be on 10 or it sounded like a small transistor radio-this was with a Super Reverb amp. I tried all the settings with the switches. It was used, so maybe something was wrong. Even with the bass up, it seemed to lack warmth-tried it with a strat, p-90 Gibson, and Epi sg with hb's.

Based on that, I'll go with the Fulltone. Anyone notice the Tonebone being buzzy?

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i tried the tonebone a few years ago and i have to agree with the others....not enough low end. i only play guitars with single coils though so that's a problem a lot of times when trying out distortion pedals. even with the bass maxed though there was a slight decrease in low end. its getting so hard for me to find a distorted tone im happy with.

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Yeah, the amusing thing is the 'popular poll' I set up.

 

The fact is, advertising works with youth

and that's who it's targeted at.

 

Thus, unit sales of the Radial product are > than Fulltone...and people vote

in accordance with their purchase (whether they've experienced the alternative or not).

 

I think the Tonebone is an excellent product. I not no loss of low end or buzzy.

 

Nonetheless, the Fulltone 2 has a range of distortion BALLS I haven't found elsewhere-- AND--I'm a player of >30 years, well acquainted with the whole even (tube) vs. odd (transistor) harmonic distortion argument.

 

btw- I dug the Voodoo distortion too.

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Hi,

I have a fender blues junior and I'm looking into buying a dist. pedal. I'll only use it at home (with a custom made guitar with gibson classic 57 and SD Parallrl axis) and I want it to sound good also on lower volumes. Looking more for 70-80's rock sound. Will the FD2 do the job or am I better off choosing the TB classic?

If the FD2 is simpler to use it then it's a bonus since I don't like spending hours trying to get a decent sound.

 

Thanks

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Tonebones are more fizzy than fuzzy...Tried a Maxon ROD880, tube version. Very smooth, no real fizz in sight anywhere. Check one out before you by a tonebone. Tonebones seam hard to dial in, unless you want over the top fizzy distortion.:freak:

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Originally posted by EyalR

Hi,

I have a fender blues junior and I'm looking into buying a dist. pedal. I'll only use it at home (with a custom made guitar with gibson classic 57 and SD Parallrl axis) and I want it to sound good also on lower volumes. Looking more for 70-80's rock sound. Will the FD2 do the job or am I better off choosing the TB classic?

If the FD2 is simpler to use it then it's a bonus since I don't like spending hours trying to get a decent sound.


Thanks

 

 

I've had both pedals, and I would choose the Tonebone Classic.

 

I don't know about Amp U. Tator's advertising comments. I've had the Classic before Radial made the pedals ugly. regarding sales numbers, I would assume Fulltone sells more pedals than Radial.

 

Soundwise I don't believe there are any differences, but I'm not sure. Mine sounded great from the beginning. Just out of curiosity I put in a EH 12AX7 and it's even better now.

 

The Fulldrive 2 is a fine pedal, but for distortion I prefer the Classic.

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Originally posted by crimson on pink

yeah, i didn't like my tonebone either, i switched the tube to a 5751 and it sounded 10x's better. i liked the fd2, but it was too smooth for my tastes. but i perfer the fd2 over the tonebone, never enough bass for me with the tonebone.

 

 

 

 

and the FDII HAS a good low end? how's that work?

 

 

have you heard the FDII? it has no low end whatsoever:eek:

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This "low end" thing has to do with the

entire "metal" limited-experience

woofer hip-hop mentality of

Generation J.O.

 

I've been a guitar player since the mid '70's.

 

My amps are a tweed Fender 5F6A

'59 R.I. tubed w/ N.O.S. '60 Mullards

and a MusicMan HD210 150W combo.

CLEAN-CLEAN-CLEAN.

 

"#1's"

 

Strat

LP Custom

ES-335

 

Both pedals are great. The FD2 wins.

 

Your results may vary

 

:cool:

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Originally posted by Amp U. Tator

This "low end" thing has to do with the

entire "metal" limited-experience

woofer hip-hop mentality of

Generation J.O.


I've been a guitar player since the mid '70's.


My amps are a tweed Fender 5F6A

'59 R.I. tubed w/ N.O.S. '60 Mullards

and a MusicMan HD210 150W combo.

CLEAN-CLEAN-CLEAN.


"#1's"


Strat

LP Custom

ES-335


Both pedals are great. The FD2 wins.


Your results may vary


:cool:

 

The FD wins what?

When did the competition began?

:confused:

 

And as much as I enjoyed my FD2, I would not get one if I were looking for a nice distortion. I would consider it if I were in the market for an overdrive, but only if I could not get a decent deal on a Fireball 2 which I preferred.

 

If you prefer the FD2 that's perfectly fine, but why assume the opinions posted here have to do with a generation gap or gear you own. :confused:

 

Regarding the music styles you mention or 'J.O.' I have no idea what you meant, and I don't listen to hip hop.

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Originally posted by Amp U. Tator

This "low end" thing has to do with the

entire "metal" limited-experience

woofer hip-hop mentality of

Generation J.O.


I've been a guitar player since the mid '70's.


My amps are a tweed Fender 5F6A

'59 R.I. tubed w/ N.O.S. '60 Mullards

and a MusicMan HD210 150W combo.

CLEAN-CLEAN-CLEAN.


"#1's"


Strat

LP Custom

ES-335


Both pedals are great. The FD2 wins.


Your results may vary


:cool:

 

 

 

GENERATION J.O. CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN NOS MINT LIMITED EDITION METAL LOW END WOOFER

 

poser:rolleyes:

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My gawd-

 

The kids positively shriek when you

put a spotlight on 'em. :cry:

 

Here's to the Fulltone 2!

 

The xoticeffects USA RC Booster is

also KILLER!

 

PS- Kiddies?

 

Get past the R, 5th stage. Get those 7

three note/string modes under your

fingers. Connect 'em and run 'em back and

forth. Overlay them on the 5 Blues scales.

Shredding impresses 12 year old boys.

 

Put some soul into your tone and playing.

 

RESTRAINT rules.

 

Remember:

 

It's not WHAT you know...

 

It's not even WHO you know...

 

It's who I know. ack ack ack

 

Peace. :thu:

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One of the points of investing in a

distortion pedal is to get that aspect

of 'tone' in a patch, or by itself, w/out

HAVING to blast/dime your amp.

 

We ALL have our unique way to find

the sound that fits our OWN ear and thus motivates us to play better and more often in a self-reinforcing positive

cycle.

 

Additionally, for live situations where you DO hammer the volume, the pedal can add depth and even-ordered harmonic 'dirt' w/out putting the dB into the stupid zone...someone with over

7000 posts calling other people "Trolls"

is spending WAY too much time off the

neck and on his PC :wave:

 

As it is, both the Radial and Fulltone box

compete for the same wallet lettuce for distortion, not stereo chorus, wah, reverb, flange, compressor etc...so much for the "apple / oranges" argument...they're both apples or both oranges as far as buying decisions go!

 

I use both the xoticeffects usa RC Booster (first box in the chain) and the Full Drive 2 (the one with the small silver 3 way toggle).

 

My amps are purposely clean so that I can get great distortion tone w/out

inviting A-holes w/ a badge over when

I want a 'lil or a lot of dirt in my tone.

 

TOO Loud means...well, walk into any GC.

 

The more you mature as a player and a human being, the less you need a jet engine in one ear and a jackhammer in the other. Everyone gets to be teen-twenty once. Then it's :freak:

 

Eddie? Keep typing. I could not care less.

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Originally posted by Amp U. Tator

...someone with over

7000 posts calling other people "Trolls"

is spending WAY too much time off the

neck and on his PC
:wave:

As it is, both the Radial and Fulltone box

compete for the same wallet lettuce for distortion, not stereo chorus, wah, reverb, flange, compressor etc...so much for the "apple / oranges" argument...they're both apples or both oranges as far as buying decisions go!


Eddie? Keep typing. I could not care less.

 

Care about what? :confused:

 

Post some intelligent comments, and I'll be happy to engage in a dialogue with you.

 

And number of posts has nothing to do with intelligent posts. As it is, you seem to be trolling, and I have wasted enough time on your thread.

 

Why don't you post facts instead of your biased opinions?

 

For example, provide facts for the following comments you made:

 

1. "unit sales of the Radial product are > than Fulltone"

Are you serious? Provide some data then.

 

2. "people vote in accordance with their purchase (whether they've experienced the alternative or not)."

How do you know who replied to your poll and what gear they have used? :confused: Are you angry because the Classic "won" over the Fulldrive?

 

3. "the Fulltone 2 has a range of distortion BALLS I haven't found elsewhere-- AND--I'm a player of >30 years, well acquainted with the whole even (tube) vs. odd (transistor) harmonic distortion argument."

Could you provide some examples of other pedals you have used? Or a sound sample of the "Fulltone 2" distortion?

 

4. "...both the Radial and Fulltone box compete for the same wallet lettuce for distortion"

Interesting. Usually people ask about the Fulldrive compared to the Fireball or Tone Pump, TS-style pedals or other overdrives.

I can't recall another Tonebone vs. Fulldrive comparison.

 

5."they're both apples or both oranges as far as buying decisions go!"

So according to your logic a Baby Blue, a Meteor, a DS-1, and a Klon are all the same? No need to answer this one. Everything is clear now.

 

If you want to single me out that's fine by me.

 

I've never used the ignore list but I can start now :thu:

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Yeah, guess Radial isn't marketing the Tonebone as a distortion box. Guess

Fulltone isn't also marketing the Fulldrive 2

as a distortion box. oy.

 

7,241 :bor:

 

Best wishes for your post #7,242

 

Declare victory and quit! ...Original.

GWB must be taking lessons from you by now. :wave:

 

"Never argue with a fool in

public...innocent bystanders will quickly become confused as to who is who"

 

-M. Twain

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Originally posted by Amp U. Tator

Yeah, guess Radial isn't marketing the Tonebone as a distortion box. Guess

Fulltone isn't also marketing the Fulldrive 2

as a distortion box. oy.


7,241
:bor:

Best wishes for your post #7,242


Declare victory and quit! ...Original.

GWB must be taking lessons from you by now.
:wave:

"Never argue with a fool in

public...innocent bystanders will quickly become confused as to who is who"


-M. Twain

 

Think before you type.

 

You're as bright as Alaska in December. Now post some facts.

 

Here's an example:

According to Fulltone, the Fulldrive is an overdrive.

"We are the first to offer a switchable "Boost" Channel in an overdrive."

http://www.fulltone.com/

 

The Tonebone Classic is a distorion, according to Radial.

"The Tonebone Classic is our most flexible distortion pedal"

http://www.tonebone.com/tbone_classic.htm#features

 

Of course, one should not believe marketing labels. If possible, one should listen to the pedals. Ask someone to do that for you :rolleyes:

 

I won't ignore you. You're still amusing for a troll. And as a troll, you should know that you are the one who has won :thu:

 

GWB must be giving lessons to you. If brains were taxed you'd get a rebate. :wave:

 

If you are not a troll and are completely deaf, I do apologize.

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