Stompbox Blog: Visual Sound Route 66

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Welcome to the guitar effects virtual museum. I have been collecting stompboxes for the past few years and wanted to share some thoughts. I will continually add more pics and opinions. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Visual Sound Route 66

Bob Weil's introduction to the world of pedals began when he wanted to create his own volume pedal with a visual reference that nobody had ever thought of. He then launched his own company in 1994 with a trifecta of pedals that were unique in the fact that you got a two-for-one pairing in each unit. The split personality of the the Route 66 American Overdrive is half compressor and half Tubescreamer. This pairing goes down as smooth as peanut butter and chocolate. The circuitry of the compression is not that dissimilar than the holy grail of effects the MXR Dynacomp and the overdrive is an improvement on the Ibanez Tubescreamer. It's a tweaker's paradise allowing you to boost the bass of the overdrive and cut off the tone on the compressor. It also allows you to run the effects separate or parallel. His effects are mass-produced now due to popularity although they hold their own with smaller boutique vendors. Even The Edge from U2 was spotted recording with one on the All That you Can't Leave Behind album. The cases are bullet-proof and the design/graphics are unique as well. The cases are no longer housed in 5 sided sheet metal and sport a different graphic. For more info on Visual Sound's effects please see.....

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