Truetone Route 66 American Overdrive
Truetone Route 66 American Overdrive

Route 66 American Overdrive, Overdrive pedal from Truetone in the V1 series.

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moosers 11/16/2009

Truetone Route 66 American Overdrive : moosers's user review


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The Visual Sound Route 66 American Overdrive is a pedal designed for electric guitar but can be used with any electronic instrument.  The pedal has standard 1/4 inch connections and requires a nine volt power supply.   The pedal isn't rack mountable as it is foot pedal.


The make up of the Visual Sound Route 66 American Overdrive isn't complex but there is a decent amount going on simply because this pedal has a lot to offer.  The pedal has sections for both overdrive and compression, with parameters for drive, tone, and volume under overdrive, and sustain, tone, and gain under compression.  The pedal also has buttons for bass boost and tone control options.  The compression and overdrive are separate as there is a button to engage each of them.  A manual isn't necessary in my opinion unless you are a beginner and are unsure of what these parameters will do.


The sound quality of the Visual Sound Route 66 American Overdrive is pretty impressive overall.  I have used the pedal with a Fender Strat and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb amp for recording and have generally been quite happy with the results.  It works great in tandem with a tube amp as it definitely has a similar type of sound even though this doesn't have an actual tube inside of it.  It has a very realistic sounding tone and isn't all digital sounding as many modern overdrive pedals are.  I also love having compression and overdrive in the same pedal as it makes for a compact unit that is also versatile in terms of tone quality.  While compression isn't top notch in terms of its sound, it will do the job most of the time and is great for those who don't need to use compression all that often.


If you're looking for a versatile overdrive pedal, I would definitely recommend the Visual Sound Route 66 American Overdrive pedal as a choice to look into.  It isn't too expensive considering you're getting both an overdrive and compression pedal in one and definitely provides a wide array of different tone.  While this isn't my favorite pedal in terms of either overdrive or compression, both are definitely very respectable and do sound quite good.  All in all the Route 66 is a great sounding that is compact, versatile and nicely priced.