Magazine article Guitar Player

Radial: Twin-City ABY Amp Switcher, Shotgun Guitar Splitter & Buffer, and Mix-Blender

Magazine article Guitar Player

Radial: Twin-City ABY Amp Switcher, Shotgun Guitar Splitter & Buffer, and Mix-Blender

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RADIAL PEDALS ARE RENOWNED FOR their road-worthiness and these three Tone-bone-branded units are no exception. Constructed of heavy steel and fitted with sturdy switches, Jacks, and pots, these Canadian-made boxes are all business. Their buffered outputs allow for cable runs of up to 50 feet without signal degradation and they all operate on standard 9VDC power.

TWIN-CITY ACTIVE ABY SWITCHER

Priced at $159 street, this pedal lets you switch between or combine two amplifiers. Its class-A buffer keeps level inconsistencies at bay and its variable Drag control matches the load on your pickups to that of a tube amp's input. An isolation transformer on output B and a Lift switch eliminate hum from ground loops, while a 180degree Phase Switch keeps all your speakers moving in the same direction. The ABY Switcher performed its functions admirably even when switching between very different types of amps, without the popping, humming, level leaps, and other gremlins that frequently plague the dual-amp user.

Kudos Facilitates switching between two amplifiers. Quiet operation. Rugged build.

Concerns None.

SHOTGUN GUITAR SPLITTER AND BUFFER

Want to use more than two amps? The Shotgun($169 street) will do the trick, as it can be configured for 1x4 mono or 2x2 stereo operation. Three of the outputs are transformer-isolated, and include Ground Lift and Phase switches. A proprietary "Constant Load Compensation" circuit maintains input impedance stability. Besides feeding multiple amps, signals may be routed to a P. …

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