Cool new ABY pedal: Radial BigShot

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  1. cg

    cg Silver Supporting Member

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    Street price is right around $60. Someone finally built a reasonably priced, richly featured ABY pedal. I'm glad I didn't have to drop $300 on the Framptone pedal.

    From the manufacturer:

    "The BigShot ABY is equipped with four 1/4" jacks: the input that connects the guitar; a tuner output that can drive a tuner, and two outputs labeled A and B. Output B is equipped with a switchable isolation transformer that eliminates hum & buzz caused by ground loops. Also, once engaged, the polarity reverse switch becomes active allowing the player to line up the two amps in phase. A ground lift is also provided to further reduce hum and buzz problems. "

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  2. jerseydrew

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    looks good. Are they available yet.
     
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    What are the differences other than price?
     
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    There's one MAJOR FREAKIN PROBLEM tho. Where are the LED''s ?????
     
  7. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    no leds, no batteries, no nuthin'. just what i was looking for. got an email form pedalgeek this morning and they have them too. sweet.
     
  8. drolling

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    I've got a couple fuzz boxes with no LEDs. If I needed a light to tell me they were on, I'd have to be stone deaf.

    But it a passive switching system like this one, there'd have to be a power supply just for the light.
     
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    It also doesn't have the drag control to stabilize the input impedance like the Switchbone does. Still, at that price I can get rid of all the other ABYs and just use a chain of these ;)
     
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    i'm gonna stick with my switchbone because i love the leds, boost, and drag feature. BUT, if this had been around a year ago, i'd have jumped on it. tonebone makes some really practical tools for guitarists. very cool!
     
  11. playon

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    I can speak for Radial products, they make great, pro-quality heavy duty stuff. I have had one of their Jensen DI boxes for years, it works great & is bullet-proof.
     
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    I love my Radial Switchbone as well ... great pedal. I had one of these Bigshots on order for quite a while hoping it would free up some space on my board ... but after it had gotten backordered several times, I thought about the features my Switchbone has and decided I wouldn't want to give them up.

    Not having LED's to show what's going on is a dealbreaker for me. In a gig situation, while I'm singing and getting ready for a lead break, I don't want to have to worry if I hit the switch properly, or what amp is coming up after I move from the "Y" setting.

    The Switchbone's boost is also such a great sounding, versatile boost, I can't see not having it there, as well as the drag feature. Radial does build some great stuff!
     
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    It doesn't have a drag control because it doesn't have a buffer. It's a passive pedal, so I'm not sure it'll sound good when in "Y" mode. Thus, I have an email in to Radial for details.

    I'm being cautious this time because I was pretty unsatisfied with my switchbone. My kendrick ABC sounded much more transparent and was quieter if you can believe it. I do miss the polarity flip though ..............
     
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    These ABY threads have come up hundreds of times over the last few years, and this is the first time I've ever heard of anyone having a noise problem, or any problem for that matter with the Switchbone. I'd just have to guess you had a faulty pedal. Sorry to hear it.
     
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    Yeah...I have the Switchbone, Lehle 3 @ 1, and Barber LP...all sound very close (i.e., transparent) to me.
     
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    Well, I guess I have dissenting ears. I really didn't like the boost in the switchbone (or the mid bump) but didn't sweat it since that wasn't why I bought the pedal. Certainly that aspect of the switchbone is entirely subjective ...... But my problem with the persistant low level buzz was something pretty black and white. The same rig in the same room with the Kendrick ABC was dead quiet and better sounding. My email to radial bounced unfortunately, so I haven't been able to contact them yet. Still, the BigShot looks promising if it sounds good in the "Y" mode. Radial certainly seems to be a company that makes well thought out products.
     
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    Bingo! What a lame choice on Radials part. ALL of the other small batch A/B pedals in the same price range (Loooper/Loop-master/startouch) offer LED's. For $15 more give me some LED's.
     
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    Not to hijack, but any comparison with the startouch aby?
     
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    Everytime I buy a switcher one output doesn't sound the same as the other. Like less mid or something. If this is a true bypass curcuit it's got to be like the others. Exspecially without a buffer.
     
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    I just got mine friday and I have to say that I really like it. very sturdy box and switches, not too big a footprint, either. Hooked it up and plugged in; no pops or bleedthrough, and most importantly to me, no ground loop hum. and this was with the settings out of the box, none of the lift/iso switches engaged. that made my day. I did not notice any tone degradation, either. I have to really put it thru its paces, but for now, I found just what I wanted.
     

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