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Radial Dragster: What does it really do?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by sineas, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. sineas

    sineas F@H TEAM 33258

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    Came across a Radial Dragster:
    http://www.tonebone.com/tbone-dragster.htm
    What does it do? How does it work? Does it really work?

    Thanx
  2. TrooperFarva

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    On passive instruments, there is a lot of interaction between the pickups, the instrument cable, and the amp. The input section of the amp, and the instrument cable, load down the pickups. If you use a wireless system, the pickups don't get loaded the same way. This tries to restore that. I don't know how well it works, I haven't heard anything.

    Something like this isn't necessary on active instruments, because the on board preamp already loads the pickups.
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Supporting Member

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    Impedance loading affects the frequency response of a passive pickup.

    Think about turning down the volume on a passive bass cuts high end or the fabled "tone suck" when plugging into effects pedals. Now imagine being able to tune the response to taste.

    It's not a gimmick but it is a subtlety.
  4. MichaelVee

    MichaelVee Supporting Member

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    I looked at the Dragster for my passive basses, but then decided on the Seymour Duncan SFX-01 Pickup Booster. Not only does it allow you to change the tone with a three-position switches, but it's also a great signal booster. It's not as variable as the Dragster, but the three settings give you some different tones to work with.

    I have plugged in a passive bass to the SFX-01, then from there patched into a Radial JDI. This is a very nice setup, because it allows you to boost the signal going into the JDI, a passive DI, and send a hotter signal to the FOH.
  5. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice

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    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    High impedance pickups suffer high-frequency losses in the cable, due to cable capacitance. Active on board preamps or belt/strap carried wireless eliminates those losses by eliminating long cables between the pickups and the first gain stage. This rig has the ability to mimic the high frequency losses of a long cable for those who prefer that tone.
  6. sineas

    sineas F@H TEAM 33258

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    So if I'm reading it right... this little thing works as advertised and should work well on both wired and wireless applications... yes?
  7. Chopshonky

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    I am looking for an output impedance control to put in front of a picky fuzz pedal, will this do the job? Is it basically a pickup simulator?

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