Post by mikethebike500 on Jan 2, 2016 18:07:53 GMT -7
Hi Z folks, I'm new to the 66 so I figured I'd give a little run down on where I'm at with it. All info and opinions of mine should be taken in the context that I do NOT play in a band anymore, i'm just a home player, but a LOUD one at that;)
First off I"ve had a few different flavors of Z's in the past, and a couple years ago I kinda wanted to move away from el84's and try something different, which led me to getting an Antidote. A very fine amplifier for sure, but as time past I just realized I wasn't completely happy with it and put it on the BST. Which led to my trading it to Jt4gtr(a very large man amoung men, and super nice guy) for his Route 66. Before I decided to make the trade, I listened to every vid I could find, but the one by Albany Down guitatist is really the one that kinda sold me on it. I also read thru a great deal of the threads on this board about the 66.
When I first plugged in the 66, I was using my 1990 es-347, and Stoneage 2x12c open back cab with celestion H/M creambacks. My first impressions were definitely mixed. Keep in mind I have no volume restrictions at my house at all, I can play as loud as I want, any time I want. It was definetly thicker in tone than what I was used to. My only complaints really would have been the rolled off treble, and it wasn't as bright of an amp as I was used to playing in the past. When I did play out with a band I never really used effects at all, UNLESS, I was using a twin reverb, then I would use an overdrive always on, and just roll back guitar volumn to get a clean tone. So that's kinda what I wasn't liking, cause when i rolled guitar volumn back, I would loose what treble their was, and any brightness it had.........
soooooooo.......after reading a lot of the threads, I learned that the RC booster seemed pretty popular for brightening up the amp, and giving it some more treble...so there i went to ebay:) Got the pedal, and yes...it did help a lot....wasn't 100 percent where I wanted but a step in the right direction. So then I changed out the M creamback for another H creamback in my cab....that helped some too.
Soooooooooo.....last week my power went out for A WHOLE 25 HOURS!!!!!!!! So in the evening basically by candle light, i was perusing the 66 threads on my phone.....and on one of the many back pages...someone posted basically that "the route, celestion gold, and timmy=awesome sauce" something to that affect anyway........soooo, back to ebay i went....
Got the Timmy today in the mail...haven't had a lot of time with it, but its a very nice pedal, much better that my old blues driver i used to use with the Twins. And the Gold should arrive sometime next week. I"m going to mix it with one of the H creambacks, in the stoneage cab.
Anyway sorry I"ve rambled on, but just wanted to share my journey so far with the amp. Anytime I get a new amp, even though I"m not in a band, I try to get a sound outta it, similar to the way I used to play in my past bands before. Have a nice overdrive when rolled up, and be able to get a decent edge of breakup clean sound when i roll the guitar volume back....I may have to use a pedal or two to get what i like with the 66, but i think i'm starting to get the hang of it.....
please feel free to share some of your 66 set ups and pedals or speakers you use with yours!!