I have terrific amps for cleans. My ZWreck sounds great with single coils, almost as good with humbuckers, but I have peered into iher and haven't quite found the darkness for which I have been searching. I'm hopeful that a Route 66 will make for a good contrast when I need another sound. Honestly, every other amp, room and most of my mics are fairly bright, so I think it would be a good move (yes, keeping the ZWreck.)
Funny, I am in the exact opposite situation having used my Route 66 for a few years and being a bit annoyed that I can't make a jangle-clean 'Fender' Surf recording sound in my home studio! I can make my most important sound though: Thick and sustaining transparent, pick sensitive Blues tones using a few low gain pedals. You will never get that sound with a Fender amp.
I can really recommend the 66 for great thick and full sounds with lots of sustain. I wouldn't call it 'dark' but it is certainly no Deluxe Reverb. I have been through a Deluxe Reverb phase (first a Fender reissue, then a Cowtipper 22 Pro which is a great amp and everything the Fender isn't) but I got really tired of the mid-dip fixed equalization tone of Fender amps and moved to the 66 which is all midrange - glorious midrange!
You will need a power brake to get it into distortion as it is properly loud. I have just bought an AirBrake and will be testing it tomorrow - I have a small studio and to get the 66 up to a great sounding tone is just too loud.
I posted a video in the is it real? Thread. Yes, the video gives me motion sickness! But the tone is the tone I am after. Hence the title of the thread. If that is the native tone of the amp I have to have one. According to posters, asside from the studio delay and verb, it is pretty much what the amp sounds like.
I saw that. Thank you for posting it. Next time I listen, I'll block half or all the screen It does sound good enough for me to play my LP more. I will try to get a chance to play through one before I take the leap.
Mods, hope I'm not outa line here but I have a friend in the Pueblo Colorado area that has had a Rt 66 head for some time that has gone unplayed because his MAZ 18 is a better fit for him and his strats. If anyone would like to start a line of communication with him PM me here on Ztalk and I will play ambassador of hookups. Again, please feel free to delete me if I am violating any rules....
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Apr 22, 2020 8:49:12 GMT -7
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Apr 27, 2020 6:22:16 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Best Pandemic Comment - Delivery guy shows up. As we're social distancing, I look at myself in brown loafers, black socks, gym shorts, t-shirt and say "I realize this is not my best look". His response "You can wear whatever you want to the apocalypse."
May 1, 2020 14:39:30 GMT -7
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May 19, 2020 17:20:32 GMT -7
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May 21, 2020 8:19:01 GMT -7
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May 24, 2020 6:31:30 GMT -7
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May 25, 2020 6:57:46 GMT -7
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Jun 13, 2020 8:29:27 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Must be great to be a skunk. Eating bird food about 10' from our sun room. I'm clapping and yelling. At best, it might have given me one "yea what?" look while continuing to dine. At one point, there were two skunks and two racoons.
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Jun 26, 2020 8:22:26 GMT -7
easyed: Guitar Z, I encountered to ultimate garbage raiding combo once. We'd been having problems with the garbage cans being raided by raccoons for weeks. Late in the evening I heard rattling at the cans. I went out and found that he'd allied with a skunk. "OK"
Jun 30, 2020 11:40:27 GMT -7
GuitarZ: EasyEd - Someone at work topped us both. The inside of their car had been somewhat ransacked. They were blaming their son. They checked the video. It was a Bear! I'll stick with the racoons, skunks, foxes, and squirrels.
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