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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