• Amazon: Visual Sound Comp 66
• Pros: Added tone knob for extra versatility.
• Cons: Quite noisy.
• Overall: You’ll get more for your buck elsewhere.
Visual Sound has gone for looks over sound quality with this cute looking stompbox, but are they going down the right route?
The Visual Sound Comp 66 is the offspring of the Route 66 American Overdrive stompbox, an overdriver that incorporated a compressor. The company’s marketing blurb claims that owners of the Route 66 American Overdrive believed the compressor channel to be so good that it deserved a dedicated stompbox of its own, hence the development of the Comp 66.
Visual Sound went one better in the Comp 66 by including a tone dial – an encouraging development to see on a compressor stompbox. However, it should be noted that this particular tone control acts as a ‘tilt’ EQ, i.e., it boosts bass at low levels and removes top end at high levels, giving a very uneven effect. We were also disappointed to find quite a bit of noise at just about every setting we tried, despite the on-board noise gate.
There were good points. At high settings of compression, harmonics were emphasised nicely, it’s robust, well built and, of course, it looks neat, but, as far as compressors go, we don’t think you’ll be getting your kicks on the this particular route 66.
Amazon: Visual Sound Comp 66