Truetone Route 66 V3 Series Overdrive / Compression Pedal

Compressor/Overdrive Pedal for Electric Guitar and Bass, with Individual Inputs/Outputs, Noise Gate, and Tone Shaping
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Compression, Overdrive, and Near-infinite Flexibility

Plug your electric guitar into the Truetone Route 66 pedal for smooth compression and wide-ranging overdrive based on the classic TS-808 Tubescreamer - and it sounds equally epic on bass guitar as well. Switch on the compressor for near-endless sustain, kick on the overdrive for a smooth and crisp sound, or use them both for larger than life tone. Individual inputs and outputs for the compressor and overdrive sections give you incredible pedalboard flexibility. Guitarists at Sweetwater know a versatile, workhorse pedal when we see one - you'll be well-served by the Truetone Route 66.

This 3rd-generation Route 66 is better than ever

This is the third generation of the esteemed Route 66, and we think it's the best yet. Notable additions include silent true bypass switching, keeping your tone intact without pops or clicks when you switch. You can now blend in your clean tone with the compressor and overdrive sections independently. And you can now connect your other effects pedals between the compressor and overdrive sections thanks to independent inputs and outputs. The list goes on, but the thing to know is that this Route 66 is the best one yet.

Truetone Route 66 Compressor/Overdrive Pedal Features:
  • Third-generation compressor/overdrive pedal for guitar and bass
  • Combines two acclaimed Truetone pedals, the Comp 66 and Route 808
  • Add your own pedals in-between the comp and overdrive sections with the separate inputs/outputs
  • Blend in your clean tone with the compressed/overdriven tone for more bite and definition
  • Heavy-duty design is ready for your toughest gigs
The Truetone Route 66 pedal has been rockin' stages since 1999!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive/Compression
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Width 5"
Depth 6"
Manufacturer Part Number V3RT66

Customer Reviews

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Truetone Route 66

Awesome pedal sounds killer built like a tank will last forever
Music background: Guitarist

Amazing drive for Bass Guitar

First of all: this review is for bass players.Route 66 isn't just a tiny beautiful face!This pedal has an amazing overdrive for bass guitar. Mild and smooth!There's no reviews or videos about this pedal being used in a bass guitar, so I bought it "blind". I didn't know what to expect about Route 66 till I open the box and play with my Fender Jazz Bass.The compressor is pretty normal, but the overdrive effect sounds like an old Ampeg tube amp.If you are looking for a colorful overdrive to add sustain and tone to your bass guitar, go ahead! You won't regret!It really blowed my mind!The best pedal in my pedalboard!
Music background: Hobbist

Great for Any Board

Wasn't sure I needed a compressor anymore once I switched to a tube amp, but this thing is tops. The compressor is always on if I'm using the clean channels on my Marshall. The built in noise gate is a nice addition. Best part of the compressor side is the ability to blend in clean signal. The pedal can be as transparent or colored as you like. The OD is an awesome one too. Supposedly based on a Tube Screamer, but it also has the ability to mix in clean signal for a rounder, richer sound. Bass and treble controls are key to remove some bite. The pedals can be chained together, or have others put in between them, meaning one pedal, but endless tonal possibilities. Haven't tried it on bass yet, but it's getting great reviews by bass players too, and besides a tuner, might be the only pedal a bass player really needs.
Music background: 15+ years on Guitar and Bass

I dig it

Not your typical compressor or overdrive. The compressor side does what it should and the clean mix knob allows me to have all the sustain I want without the overly squashed sound you hear in a lot of compressors. I've been using an Ibanez Tube Screamer as my main overdrive for years, and it's great, but I wanted another overdrive just out of boredome. This overdrive is not similiar to the TS9 at all. I would describe it as more gritty and darker than the TS9 which has a smooth, creamy tone to it. The two voices are a nice feature almost like gain 1/gain 2ish. What I really like again is the clean mix option. Alone the overdrive sounds a little thin for my taste but by mixing in some of the clean signal I get a nice dirty full sound. All in all I'm very happy with the Route 66 and don't see it leaving my board anytime soon.

Great Pedal

This is my new favorite pedal. And i love the clean mix knobs.
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