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Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

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Revved up overdrive and compression with lots of options.

The Visual Sound Route 66 multi-effects pedal gives you the 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, as the Route 66 pedal has, and get the ultimate combination in a single pedal pedal.

The V2 Route 66 pedal features redesigned noise reduction on the compressor channel, and additional low-drive range on the overdrive channel. The great-sounding overdrive channel is modeled after the sound of the original Tube Screamer, but it also has a bass boost switch. The compressor can be set for classic squash or clean boost with the unique preamp stage and gain knob. This allows for a truckload of clean gain. The compressor even has its own tone control. The 2 effects can be used independently or combined to complement one another.

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 pedal from Visual Sound has become just that, a legend!

The V2RT66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal features a diecast aluminum housing, ultra-reliable 10 million cycle switching, easy battery access and circuit protection from AC adapters. Wide and sturdy stomp switches designed by Bob Weil himself. And a redesigned, noise-free experience. This version of the Route 66 pedal has raised the bar for years to come.

FEATURES
  • Use effects separately or together
  • Overdrive controls:
  • Drive level
  • Tone level
  • Volume level
  • Bass boost on/off switch
  • Compression controls:
  • Comp (compression) level
  • Tone control
  • Gain level
  • Tone control on/off switch
  • Diecast aluminum housing
  • 10 million cycle switching
  • Easy battery access
  • Circuit protection

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Dimensions: 5" x 6" (126 x 153mm)
  • Current Draw: 15-24mA
  • Note: All dimensions are approximate maximum dimensions. Current draw is shown from bypass to channel(s) on.
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Visual SoundV2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 15 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent product!!

First, I don't know how anyone could say thhat this thing isn't built like a tank or otherwise imply that the build quality is anything other than first-rate. I've been using my V2 Rt...Read complete review

First, I don't know how anyone could say thhat this thing isn't built like a tank or otherwise imply that the build quality is anything other than first-rate. I've been using my V2 Rt 66 since it was released and it's been perfectly solid for over a year, through many, many gigs & rehearsals and with countless stomps.I leave the compressor on almost all the time - great for funk & reggae rhythm work, and with my strat it's just magical for boosting solos. I keep the comp level at about 12noon, and it doesn't squash the dynamics to much, and I control my volume from the guitar.I generally use a Bad Monkey or Barber Ltd for my dirty rhythm work, and I have the OD side of the 66 set up for leads. Either my itself or with the comp it sounds HUGE. There's a ton of gain available, and tonally it is much more versatile than a standard TS circuit due to the bass boost - which I leave on.This was my first VS pedal, but won't be my last, as I'm planning to add an H20 at some point. An excellent product, built like a tank, and the proprietary stomp switches are the best. I wish all my pedals had them.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Sound but Horrible Feedback

The pedal is versatile and extremely well built. Both the overdrive & compression effects are awesome, however, the pedal feedbacks when your not strumming your instrument. The feedback is so loud I...Read complete review

The pedal is versatile and extremely well built. Both the overdrive & compression effects are awesome, however, the pedal feedbacks when your not strumming your instrument. The feedback is so loud I can't use the pedal when performing on stage. If it weren't for the feedback I would keep the pedal. The effects and options of each effect are terrific and I would love the pedal if it weren't for the feedback. I can only assume that the feedback is due to the fact that the pedal is not a true bypass. I'm truly disappointed. VS states that the pedal is equipped with sound reduction however it doesn't seem to make a difference. Unfortunately, I have returned the pedal and have replaced it with a Red Witch Compression Pedal and a Dr J Crystal Green Overdrive Pedal. They are both terrific replacements.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent product!!

By Santos

from New England

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Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

First, I don't know how anyone could say thhat this thing isn't built like a tank or otherwise imply that the build quality is anything other than first-rate. I've been using my V2 Rt 66 since it was released and it's been perfectly solid for over a year, through many, many gigs & rehearsals and with countless stomps.I leave the compressor on almost all the time - great for funk & reggae rhythm work, and with my strat it's just magical for boosting solos. I keep the comp level at about 12noon, and it doesn't squash the dynamics to much, and I control my volume from the guitar.I generally use a Bad Monkey or Barber Ltd for my dirty rhythm work, and I have the OD side of the 66 set up for leads. Either my itself or with the comp it sounds HUGE. There's a ton of gain available, and tonally it is much more versatile than a standard TS circuit due to the bass boost - which I leave on.This was my first VS pedal, but won't be my last, as I'm planning to add an H20 at some point. An excellent product, built like a tank, and the proprietary stomp switches are the best. I wish all my pedals had them.

(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Old Model Better

By Pinkribbon1545

from Washington

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Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

I have the old model of the route 66. I have played this one and let me tell you, the new version isn't that great. It is plastic. They really cheeped out the new model. If you want to buy this, go find the old model, it is more sturdy and will last you a long time. I got mine for less then this price. The compression is amazing, but the over drive is hard to find the right spot. If you want to get this, get the old model, it sounds better and will probably last longer. Take my word for it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedals!!

By MarkManleyBand

from Hinsdale, NH

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Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

Visual Sound really makes some great-sounding pedals. I replaced my Boss CS-3 Compressor with this pedal. No comparison, the Route 66 is the winner hands down. The compression side is simply amazing, especially with the added Tone control. This would work well as a great boost pedal for solos as well. The Overdrive is sweet too. It's great with and without the Bass Boost. I like it better then the good ol' mean green machine Tubescreamer (which I love, by the way). The only overdrive that I've used that I like better is the Visual Sound Open Road - Check that one out too! I really have nothing bad to say about their pedals. I wish they were a little smaller, but they are well worth giving up the extra real estate on the pedalboard.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great Sound but Horrible Feedback

By Elcheeko

from London, Kentucky

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Responsive

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

The pedal is versatile and extremely well built. Both the overdrive & compression effects are awesome, however, the pedal feedbacks when your not strumming your instrument. The feedback is so loud I can't use the pedal when performing on stage. If it weren't for the feedback I would keep the pedal. The effects and options of each effect are terrific and I would love the pedal if it weren't for the feedback. I can only assume that the feedback is due to the fact that the pedal is not a true bypass. I'm truly disappointed. VS states that the pedal is equipped with sound reduction however it doesn't seem to make a difference. Unfortunately, I have returned the pedal and have replaced it with a Red Witch Compression Pedal and a Dr J Crystal Green Overdrive Pedal. They are both terrific replacements.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Visual Sound Route 66

By Paul COT

from McKinney, TX

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Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

I just redid my board with VS V2 pedals. I am getting used to the new abilities. I find these units really tonally better than a lot of other more expensive hype boxes. I did hear some noise and hiss but I realized it was my guitar. My kit guitar has straight out single coils, even shielded they produce hum and noise. BUT the tones these boxes do to a Strat are Hendrix and SRV heaven. My dual rail Strat is utterly quiet. Probably calls for a ISP Decimator in my loop to end the problem. The VS line shines with the best OD, DIST, COMP and Chorus you are going to hear. Do check out their shootout vids on YouTube really informative and honest. You have to hear the Route 66 with the Liquid Chorus they have, orgasmic...

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Could It Be A Fluke

By g3Mf6E6Ys

from J-ville, FL

Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

OK So I bought a Route 66 V2 because a friend of mine's V1 sounded so good. Now I'm on my second one it's noisy beyond belief. The compression sounds like tissue paper. I'm just fed up with the poor QC at VS. Thanks MF for standing up to your return policy. Unfortunately the only ones benefitting are the UPS people

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent product

By Alex

from NYC

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    This is a very nice product, it is exactly what i was looking for.

    Overdrive is sensitive to dynamics;

    if I pick guitar strings gently, the sound is clean.

    if I pick stronger it roars like a valve amplifier.

    If you add compressor to it, the roar becomes more present, but dynamics will be less present.

    I plug this pedal into Fender Princetone Rever 65 Reissue amp

    This combination wil replace my Marshall TSL 100 triple super lead

    NOTE: The product might not be suitable for musicians that use heavy distortion

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not bad

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    I liked the previous one. However, it had some issues with noise. With this new one, they say to have improved the pedal by adding some "noise reduction system" and indeed, as far as I could try at the shop, it doesn't have those issues anymore.The overdrive is pretty awesome. It's as warm as Jekyll and Hyde. Compression is articulated and one of the best I've heard. It sounds seven heavens when doing cranked up solo. Not the best one, but still awesome.Bass boost, as usual, useless. There would be no need for the tone control button as well, bet it let it be there.One big thing though- the new design looks and feels like a cheap toy. With that, they've totally lost one customer. As far as I know, I'm not the only one. This isn't true bypass either. Despite of what they claim, this DOES suck tone.Overall, buy one if you need a sweet distortion + compression in one package. For me- there are better pedals out there.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pedal!!

    By Mr Review Guy

    from NE

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    Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    If I'm rating this on "does it meet my needs and expectations?", then it's a 10 out of 5. The compressor is just perfect, great for solo boosts or rhythm work. Excellent sustain, too.The OD is very chunky sounding, and with the bass boost, very versatile. Put them together and it's just a great, sustain solo sound. Cuts through the band really well, too.Also, the redesign is great, this thing feels as solid as can be. My only complaint is that the shiny silver faces of the buttons can be hard to see under stage lights. So, you can't necessarily tell what your settings are at a glance. But some tape has solved that problem for me. A minor complaint. I love love love this pedal.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great tone at an affordable price

    By jamestheguitarplayer-O5_HO

    from Houston,Tx

    Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    This pedal is the best bang for the buck. It is a really great overdrive with an excellent compressor combined. I own a couple of tube amps, Marshall and Fender and it really improves both of them. I play an 80's strat, all original and a LP classic. If you take the time to tweak it you will not be disappointed. I have never been much of a pedal guy until now. Visual sound has hit the mark with this one.

     
    5.0

    Route 66

    By Jesse Dagel

    from Sibley IA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      I really like this pedal. I use compression of some kind about 99% of the time when I play, and compression is an effect I think you have to be sort of picky about, because a bad sounding compressor can suck the life out of your tone. To me a good compressor is one that you can forget is on, and just brings out detail and increases sustain. This one does that really well, with both single coil, humbucker, and acoustic guitar pickups. I've even ran a condenser mic/pre amp though it to record an acoustic guitar, and it worked great.

      The overdrive is very nice too, very warm and responsive to playing dynamics and volume/tone controls. The tone knob works very much as a mid contour, and has a really wide sweep. If you're looking for a heavy/high gain sounds this probably isn't what you're looking for, but it's a great pedal for creamy, sustaining overdrive, or crunchy broken up chord work, and things in that ball park.

       
      5.0

      Awesome pedal

      By GL

      from NYC

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        In general, I love companies like Visual Sound who produce quality, well thought out, built-like-a-tank gear. Their customer support is excellent also. But back to the pedal... i bought this mainly for the compressor and the buffer system that most Visual Sound pedals have. The compressor is super transparent and highly response to different pick attack and playing styles. It also works great as a boost for solos. The Overdrive is nice and organic - some times a little mid-rangy but with some tweaking of the Tone dial (which has huge tonal range) you can get the tone you're after. The Gain also has huge range so the Overdrive also serves as a boost and can keep the tone relatively neutral. The only downside to this pedal as that it is on the larger side - Built amazingly solid but I'd prefer a half inch of each dimension. But, its the sound that matters and this pedal, like other Visual Sound pedals is awesome!

         
        5.0

        Amazing tone

        By Noe

        from San Diego

        Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        The only way I can describe this pedal is..."Holy &$@#%". This is tone heaven. From the moment I took it out of the box and plugged in using one of the sample settings - I was amazed at the intensity and clarity of overdrive and compression's frequencies. Possibilities are endless with respect to tweaking and dialing in just the "right" sound. For me, the endless sustain coupled with just the right amound of overdrive (a la Tube Screamer)did it for me. You've got to hear it to believe it!

         
        4.0

        Best TS9+Compressor SetUP!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        This is an amazing pedal with so much versatilityYou can go from stevie blues to a nice distortion/crunch that can get that rythmms rolling!!I played it today. My Friend has it. I lovedddd itt.I defintely loved the compressor add on. Just hit that second knob and whooosh. A New level of pedal.Awesome!

         
        5.0

        I love it

        By Mr Review Guy

        from NE

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        Comments about Visual Sound V2 Series V2RT66 Route 66 Overdrive and Compression Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        I'd been looking for new compressor, and when I saw that the new Rte 66 was available I decided to give it a shot. Well, it's great. The comp is extremely musical and versatile. I'm using it for everything from rhythm work to solo boost, and it performs exactly as I was hoping in all regards. The OD side is excellent as well, I really am enjoying the sound and feel. And together they sound amazing. Just great, great stuff.Very versatile overall, and the newly redesigned box seems like it will take a beating. Feels incredibly solid.

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