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Like NewOldSocks said, the temperature stability of the RCA hybrids is the real deal. Full stop.Has anyone compared the BART and the RCA/BART hybrid? Trying to decide between these 2 and it’s a hard choice.
On to sound.
I have both a BART and a BART/RCA. I also have Red Dots and a Red Dot/RCA. In both cases, the hybrids retain the general character of their non-hybrid counterparts. If I compare them closely, it strikes me that the hybrids are a little brighter and I have to turn the guitar volume down just a bit more for the same amount of cleanup. Again, however, the BART/RCA sounds a lot like the BART and the Red Dot/RCA sounds a lot like my Red Dots.
In my surf band, I have some flavor or another of an Analogman fuzz on 100 percent of the time, and I get the clean tone on my Jag and Jazzmaster by rolling back the guitar volume. For the outdoor gigs in hot weather or in the full sun, I flip out a Sunface on the board for one of the hybrids. The sound--from surf-worthy clean to mean--is fantastic, and I don't worry one bit about the GE fuzz crapping out in the DC summer sun. (I could easily leave one of the hybrids on the board all the time without missing anything essential in my tone. I only don't because I have other Sunfaces to play with, too.)