Closeout ToneDexter

  • Open box return. Regular price $399. Sold as-is.

    Picture, if you will, an electronic device that can tell the difference between how your guitar sounds through a microphone, and how it sounds through the pickup you've been using all along. It records this difference in a WaveMap. This device can then reverse the difference when you're only using the pickup, and produce a sound that is remarkably like the mic sound you just taught it. The process only takes a couple of minutes, and it can be repeated indefinitely, so you can dial in your tone, maybe add different WaveMaps for different instruments.

    If you've followed this technology for the last 15 years or so, you've seen lots of folks try to get this right: DTAR Mama Bear. Fishman Aura. And yet there's a reason every band here in Durango is clamoring to outfit every single one of their acoustic players with one of these: The ToneDexter really is all it's cracked up to be. Check it out.

  • works on any acoustic instrument, with most active or passive piezo pickup systems
    stores 22 custom WaveMaps, selectable via 11 position rotary switch and bank select switch
    a mute switch that activates a built-in high precision tuner, accurate to within 1 cent
    a boost switch for solos with 0-8dB of settable gain via rear panel pot
    • bass and treble EQ
    • a sweepable notch filter for feedback suppression
    • a character control which adds additional punch to the WaveMap
    • latency less than 1ms
    • an effects loop (TIP send, RING return)
    • 1/4″ pickup input, high impedance (1MΩ)
    • 1/4″ line output with output level pot on front panel
    • XLR DI output, with rear panel option switch for fixed level or level that follows output level pot
    • analog boost and mute circuits positioned after effects loop, so no headroom loss when boosting
    • XLR mic input with 48V phantom supply, used for training
    • headphone output
    • phase (polarity) switch on rear panel
    • +-15V internal supplies for professional headroom and dead quiet operation
    • SD card slot for field upgrade of software
    • 6.3″ W x 5.9″ D x 2.3″ H
  • Every US order is shipped free. It does not matter the size, weight, or value of the shipment. It all ships free to any US ZIP code. This includes Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO and territories like Guam and Puerto Rico.

    If you choose not to keep this preamp for any reason, we will pay for you to ship it back to us. For more details, visit our Shipping and Returns page.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Travis Taylor
Amazing Reproduction!

I was hesitant to think this would make that big of a difference, and also worried about trying to train the Tonedexter. I ponied up for a Slate ML2 condenser and couldn’t be happier with the results! It has now found a permanent home on my acoustic pedalboard. I trained this with a K&K, a Baggs Element, and a Fishman UST all with considerable success to make my guitars sound like my guitars while plugged in!

Scott Bonner
Clear as a bell

Running this with a 24 year old Taylor 712 and an LR Baggs ibeam. It sounds like you stuck a condenser mic up to it. It also gives you power which is nice. Use a good mic and you’ll be pleased if you’re a purists. Shoreline has killer customer service to boot!

Joey Pazzalia
ToneDexter is Worth It

I have a nice collection of guitars, but I have always been unhappy with the way the piezo pickups sound- with their quack. I've got several different types of pickups- Baggs Anthem, Baggs Element, MiniFlex Mics, K&K. They all have some kind of odd sound that's not as good as they sound live.

The TD takes care of that quack. It's an easy pedal to use. I was already using it to train within 5-10 minutes of opening it. They did such a good job of making it user friendly. There are 22 slots you can use to store various settings. 21 are used for live performance settings. 1 is used for studio type work, where it does not have the feedback minimization. I have not used that yet. But I need this for live use, not for studio use.

I recommend trying a variety of mics in different positions. And the most expensive mics don't necessarily return the best sound. Some guitars liked the mic down by the nut. Some liked it recorded from the front. It's just random, in my experience.

Things you'll need: a decent set of headphones, a condenser mic, cables, guitar and the TD.

This pedal takes away that awful quack. Is it 100% as good as the natural sound? No. That's not realistic. But I would say it gets it to 85-90% of where I wish it would be. I have yet to see or hear anything that works better. The closest I have seen is the dpa clip on mic. I love that and I would say that this is just as good.

I would recommend the TD for anyone who wants to get a more natural sound, without the trouble of mic'ing a guitar. You cannot buy from a better place than Shoreline, either.

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