The latest 2008 Version. Overdrive and Compression on two separate channels with individual tone controls… (“read more” link)
Imagine Price: $149.95
The New and Improved Route 66 from Visual Sound:
In 1999 Visual Sound made the statement “Our Route 66 is sure to become as legendary as its namesake.” With countless great guitarists using it ever since, the Route 66 from Visual Sound has become just that…a legend! Now the all new V2 Series Route 66 gives the same great tone guitarists have come to love, plus an added noise reduction system that gives you that quiet ride you’ve always wanted. Classic compression combined with Classic Overdrive – these two effects sound great on their own, but combine them together and get the ultimate compliment to one another in one pedal. New housing, new stomp switches designed by Bob Weil himself – and an all new, noise-free experience – this version of the Route 66 has raised the bar for years to come.
Route 66 American Overdrive is sure to become as legendary as its namesake. With classic compression combined with classic overdrive modeled after the sound of the original TS-808 Tubescreamer (JRC4558 chip and all!), the Route 66 pedal gives you two great effects for the price of one. The two effects sound great on their own and can also be combined to compliment one another. In fact, probably the only complaints about the original Tubescreamer was that it did not have much sustain or bottom end. That won't be a problem with Route 66. Just combine the overdrive side with the compression side to get all the sustain you want. Add the Overdrive Bass Boost and give it that big cabinet sound. If you love the clean sound of your guitar and amp, but just want a clean boost, kick in the compressor with the Gain knob up a bit. We've added a pre-amp stage to the compressor to allow for a truckload of gain, with or without overdrive. Using Route 66 American Overdrive with a good tube amp is sure to make it sing! Classic!
Dimensions: 5” x 6” (126 x 153mm)
Current Draw: 15-24mA (bypass to channel(s) on)
Audio Samples: http://www.visualsound.net/mp3.htm
REVIEWS & USER COMMENTS:
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 06/21/07:
I've been playing for 18 years. I play blues, classic rock, and jam music. (Hendrix, SRV, Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, etc) This overdrive is what I was looking for, nice thick and smooth, just the right amount. And the compression is amazing. I've played several other pedals both compression and OD, and other combinations. This pedal blows them all away. The T-Rex Alberta maybe is the only other pedal that is better. This is the best pedal for the money, it combines two effects, and does a great job of keeping them independent of each other, and at the same time offers great possibilities when they're combined.
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 10/22/2006:
The real stroke of genius is packaging two related effects in a single pedal with the stomp switches close together. With one press you can turn either or both effects on or off or toggle between one effect and the other.
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 09/05/2006:
I play in a classic rock cover band, in a 2 man acoustic project, as well as classical and gospel music at my church. I've been playing for about 25 or so years (you would think I would be a better player than I am after all that time; oh well....). I have used this pedal in all those situations (except the classical music in church). I would definitely replace if lost or stolen. I normally view a 10 rating on this site a little skeptically, at least until I read the review and see what it was based on. I would give the OD a solid 7 or 8 if it were an individual pedal, and the compressor an 8 individually. But with both in one reasonably priced pedal, and with the awesome customer service to boot, I have to give the Route 66 a 10 overall.