Visual Sound V2 Route 66:
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.
Dimensions: 5" x 6" (126 x 153mm).
Current Draw: 15-24mA.
Easy battery access for quick and convenient replacement (can be powered by battery or optional 9vdc adapter).
All the jacks, including the power adapter jack, are hand-wired, point-to-point, to the circuit board, so if you accidentally step on a plug it will keep working.
Newly designed diecast aluminum housing has been streamlined reducing the footprint by nearly 20%.
Even if you plug in a 9VAC power supply by mistake, it won't burn up your pedal as would happen with most other efffects. It won't work, but it won't do any damage.
The pure tone buffer circuit is a unity-gain preamp buffer designed to make your guitar sound like its's plugged directly into the amp even if it's going through long cables and many other effects pedals: somthing true-bypass pedals could never give you.
The new switching system in the V2 series is designed to last for ten million foot-stomps: that's basically forever!
REVIEWS & USER COMMENTS: HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 1/22/2008:
"This pedal is first in my signal chain. Visual Sound uses what they refer to as "pure bypass" as opposed to "true bypass". I know there's a lot of controversy over this whole bypass concept but their built in buffering system that they put in all their pedals is a stroke of genius, especially if you run a whole lot of pedals in your chain. It helps to eliminate or at least mitigate line loss when using a bunch of true bypass pedals and long cable runs and does it brilliantly. There is absolutely no discernable change in tone that I can detect whatsoever other than to say that it sounds like my guitar is running straight into my amp tonewise. They've also added a nifty little noise reduction circuit internally that can be enabled/disabled by the user and has a noise reduction trim pot as well. It comes set from the factory in the "on" position and noise reduction set at minimum. I've never heard a noise reduction circuit that I liked until now.....that's because I always 'heard' the noise reduction circuitry! Not here. Again, no tone sucking or weird artifacts. It just works like it should. This is the best compressor I've ever used (I know, taste is subjective) and I've been playing professionally for 40+ years. There is so much range in the controls that you could merely use it as a wonderfully clear and neutral clean boost or use it to squash your signal and make it darker or brighter using the tone circuitry. The overdrive side is patterned after the old standard Tube Screamer/TS-808 but to my ears it is much smoother, a little less grainy, and has gobs of gain on tap. I have an old original TS-808 and in a side by side comparison I have to say that the Visual Sound pedal easily captures the tone and nuances of my old pedal but with a much more harmonically rich vibe; plus, it's a whole lot quieter. The cherry on top of the sundae is that you can boost your overdrive sound by running the compressor into it at the same time for even more tonal variety and refinement. Ahhh, sweet tone and sustain for days! For my needs and for getting two pedals at less than the price of one so called "boutique" pedal it's a solid "10"."