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"Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand" - Homer Simpson
Not strictly speaking a clone - but I've really enjoyed my Gearmanndude Lutherdrive (which I just happen to be selling), doesn't have that mid-range hump quite so much - but apart from that is just what I wanted (just been pushed out by a KoT)
Anyway the point is that they do perform differently. The Route 66 has miles more potential output, and also is a bit less scratchy when used at higher drive settings, but tonally they can be set to sound the same if used within the Bad Monkey's variables. The VS has more tricks up its sleeve though.
This is a side by side of the Route 808 (Visual Sound's TS circuit) vs an Ibanez TS808. You can clearly hear how much more output the VS has, plus the fact it is a little bit less scratchy (but realistically very little difference tonally). The Drive can totally be set off on the VS, which I don't know if you can do on a real TS. When it is off it basically becomes a clean boost with a tone knob, losing some of the TS characteristics IMO. There is a bass boost knob which is great for fattening a strat/tele up if you're boosting a clean amp, but obviously it can lead to mush if you've got it on with a high gain amp.
I really rate the VS 808 circuit, but you have to dial it in by ear, as copying other people's TS settings won't work because of the massive output difference. In general I only run my output level about 10:00. 12:00 creates a noticeable volume jump into a clean amp - great if that is what you want, but something to bear in mind during use.
Last edited by guitarfishbay; 7th February 2013 at 09:51 AM.
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Lestful guitars in Mag's sale to clear space for new Gassage:- http://forum.musicradar.com/showthre...=1#post1452539
Plenty of bargains to be had.
I just made a video comparison between a TS808 and a Digitech RP TS808. I'd appreciate feedback (no pun intended)!