im a bit stuck on which one of these amps to get for my rhythm crunch and lead tones..... Both are very mid based from what i understand. I am looking for a very articulate driving type of space filling sound. I need that actual power tube drive as opposed to pedals. Pedals really no longer occupy my thoughts, except for my Kingsley Jester which i will never get rid of. There really are no proper recordings of the 66 around here. but i must say the Minor Blues clip on the z site has my interests just as much as the clean Jazz clip. The minor blues clip cuts off way too short as well. What gives with that??
anyway the 66 definately seems a little more versatile than the GT.... and it uses an EF86 front end which i love. But the GT just sounds amazing and is so nice with the amount of drive it posseses as well.... Its hard as i can only afford one right now....
Post by Rich (fbb90) on Jan 5, 2010 18:28:59 GMT -7
Don't know all that much about the Route 66.
I do know that you won't need any pedals w/ the GT for nice OD rhythm and lead tones. The GT cooks pretty hot. Despite the heat, it'll clean up pretty nice too (at least my GT does).
In my opinion, the Route 66 has a more vocal fan base here than that of the GT. That doesn't mean it's a better amp, there's just more activity over on the 66 pages. Also, in my opinion (and it's not based on experience), from the stuff I've read on the Forum, the 66 would be well served w/ some kind of a boost/OD pedal for hot lead tones whereas the GT doesn't need it. In the same fashion, the 66 would probably give you better cleans (as the GT heats up pretty quick on the Volume dial).
Good luck w/ your choice. You probably wouldn't go wrong w/ either.
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There really are no proper recordings of the 66 around here.
I've recorded a whole album with the 66 which I have posted many times here, various tones from clean to aggressive overdrive. It was recorded with an award winning producer/engineer in one of Australias' best studios and mastered by Scott Hull in New York so it's pretty "proper" I think if you're looking for violin, singing type lead tones, the GT would probably be the ticket over the 66. The 66 doesn't get the gain that the Maz GT is capable of, and the route 66 needs to be cranked up to get your heavier overdrive, which isn't like a tubescreamer type gain, more saggy, thick, but not so gainy overdrive. The 66 is quite a unique sounding amp too which doesn't suit some people looking for that "familiar" or referenced tone.
It really depends on how much gain, and what kind of tone you're looking for, for your lead and crunch tones.
Last Edit: Jan 5, 2010 19:16:31 GMT -7 by taswegian