Radial’s Dragster Guitar Pickup Load Correction Device is, as you may have guessed, a device used to correct the load travelling from your guitar pickups. While the name is certainly to the point, it will very likely interest a great many of you, especially considering that this is the second of three items we’ll be looking at that deal with impedance.
For those of you who missed the first part, this basically amounts to correcting the signal from your guitar to compensate the inaccuracies that occur when you hit a buffered input. This applies to anyone with wireless setups or computer interfaces (although a few of these might well feature their own compensatory technology – check to be sure).
Without the correction, your tone will suffer – perhaps not hugely, but enough to make a tonal difference that leaves you with something ‘untrue’, and this might well be a big deal for you personally. It’s almost as if this has suddenly become a revelation, though, and accordingly several companies have mobilised to amend it.
When discussing Radial, it’s almost automatic to talk about build quality, generally due to the propensity the manufacturer has for sturdy, compact construction. There’s no change here, then, with an aluminium shell that will very clearly take foot-pedal wear and tear, while keeping things nice and light. There’s also a bracket so that you can quickly add it to your pedal board, or even guitar strap (it’s only a small chassis, remember, and won’t weigh you down). The latter is perhaps a touch excessive, but it’s nice to have the option if you want everything to hand.
Then, you have two switches on the Dragster to click on and off on the left and right of the unit. These are rigid enough to be satisfying when you’re using your feet, but with enough give that if you’re trying to make selections with your fingers it doesn’t get annoying.
They are designed to either increase or decrease the load, because depending on what you’re plugging into you’ll find either too much or too little impedance – I had assumed that it would only be a case of too much, but discovered otherwise.
This works very well indeed, incrementally shifting up and down until you’ve found the perfect value for your personal issue. In terms of figuring out exactly what this is, monitoring until your guitar sounds as close to ‘real’ tone as possible is the best bet. This might sound tricky to decide on, but actually as long as you know your guitar, you’ll be fine.
This has very definitely been designed with the guitarist (as opposed to the producer) in mind, then, and fits a practical format for rig integration. I found it mighty impressive, and it’s cheap considering the quality. Next time we’ll look at the PRS Waves version, but ’til then I have a solid lasting impression of the Radial Dragster Guitar Pickup Load Correction Device.