Magazine article Guitar Player

Radial Tonebone PZ-Pre

Magazine article Guitar Player

Radial Tonebone PZ-Pre

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I PLAY HORRID AND DIRTY SLIDE blues using a faltering Kay archtop with an old, pawnshop magnetic pickup (brand unknown) screwed right into the top, and an ancient Barcus Berry Hot Dot on the bridge. Figure out how to make that combo work reliably.

Well, this is the kind of challenge the PZ-Pre ($299 street) was born for--although it's more conventionally conceived as an acoustic preamp with multiple features (3-band EQ, feedback elimination, notch filters, an effects loops, four outputs, a dedicated tuner output, a ground lift, a phase-reverse switch, a mute button, and more) that, thanks to a class-A booster circuit, maximizes the output and performance of piezo pickups. For my needs, however, I enlisted the PZ-Pre to either blend my Kay's two pickups into a much more musical sound, or switch between the Kay and an Epiphone Casino. As the PZ-Pre can handle almost any type of pickup input--magnetic, piezo, or internal mic (as long as phantom power is not required)--I was ready to roll.

The PZ-Pre's output section is a marvel of Zen design--it's simple, yet in harmony with P.A. systems, guitar amps, and powered speakers. I could use the Post EQ balanced XLR output to send signals directly to the front of house mixer, but as I was playing a dive bar, I opted to route this output to a Mackie Thump powered speaker. The Pre EQ balanced XLR output was perfect for running a signal to my Fender Deluxe for some tube mojo, or keeping things clean and sparkly by running into another Thump. …

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