The Shotgun is a guitar-signal distribution amplifier that is able to drive up to four amps simultaneously without introducing the hum and buzz that is typically encountered due to ground loops.
According to Radial Tech Department Specialist Ryan Juchnowski:
“Radial has always been known as a solution-based company. A few months ago we had the opportunity to visit with the stage techs that manage Colin James and Joe Bonamassa’s guitar rigs. Colin’s set up is wired in mono, while Joe’s set up is stereo… Both were driving multiple small amps on stage and were experiencing tremendous noise due to ground loops. They both had serious concerns with respect to retaining the guitar signal integrity in concert settings. We thought it would be cool to provide a single solution that would address both needs. The Shotgun is the result of this effort.”
Designed for Hi-Z instruments, the Shotgun may be set up for mono use with one input driving four outputs or in stereo with two inputs driving two pairs of outputs. Each output is individually buffered to lower the impedance and reduce susceptibility to noise.
This also lets you drive the signal longer distances when performing on bigger concert stages. Output-1 is the default that provides a safety ground path to the guitar while outputs 2, 3 and 4 are transformer isolated to eliminate nasty ground loop hum that is almost always present when using multiple amplifiers on stage.
This is supplemented with individual ground lift switches. When used dual as a 1 x 2 splitter, Radial’s innovative Constant Load Correction (CLC™) circuit steps in to ensure the impedance on the guitar and subsequent tone remains consistent.
Compact and made rugged for the road, the Shotgun employs a standard 9V power supply (not included) or connection from a pedalboard power brick. Top mounted 180° polarity reverse switches ensure all amps play in phase.
MAP: $169.99 USD.
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