Z.Vex Distortion Switch Ames IA

Sporting the same distortion circuit as the hand-painted and somewhat more expensive Box of Rock, but adding a mini-toggle Gain switch for a Tufnel-approved saturation boost, a 3-way Subs switch that lets you optimize the low frequencies to match your amp’s bottom end, and highly versatile Tone and Drive controls, the Distortron is one mean classic rock machine. True-bypass switching and simple-but-elegant silkscreen graphics enhance the package.

Als Music
(515) 232-1247
827 Kellogg Ave
Ames, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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West Music Co
(319) 373-9100
1398 Twixt Town Rd
Marion, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Madsen Music Center
(712) 732-2081
Po Box 303
Storm Lake, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, DJ Equipment

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Marks Music & Repair
(641) 322-3467
405 11Th St
Corning, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Rieman Music
(515) 262-0365
4420 E Broadway Ave
Des Moines, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Rieman Music
(515) 233-4203
409 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Jeff Grim Tuning & Repair
(563) 349-4590
948 Iroquois Dr.
Davenport, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Critchett Lowrey Organ Cen
(515) 278-1000
3304 100Street
Urbandale, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Rays Mid Bell Music
17122744600x14
4230 So. Lancelot Lane
Sioux City, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Woodwind, Brasswind, guitar, bass


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Dewey Kruger Music Ctr Ltd
(641) 324-1300
Po Box 229
Northwood, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs

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Z.Vex Distortion Switch

gp0410_gear8462Zachary Vex designed the Distortron ($149 retail/street price N/A) to sound and respond like a vintage Marshall JTM45 amplifier with all of its controls maxed—and damned if it doesn’t. Sporting the same distortion circuit as the hand-painted and somewhat more expensive Box of Rock, but adding a mini-toggle Gain switch for a Tufnel-approved saturation boost, a 3-way Subs switch that lets you optimize the low frequencies to match your amp’s bottom end (setting 3 produces the same subs as the Box of Rock), and highly versatile Tone and Drive controls, the Distortron is one mean classic rock machine. True-bypass switching and simple-but-elegant silkscreen graphics enhance the package.

This little pedal impressed me from the first note, and no matter how I tweaked the knobs and switches it never sounded bad. The Volume control offers a massive boost if desired, Tone sweeps a sonically pleasing range from dark and muffled to ultra-bright, and even incremental changes to the Drive control result in different flavors of plexi-inspired goodness. But what really blew me away was how the Distortron responded to playing dynamics and adjustments to my guitar’s volume control. Slight pressure and angle changes in picking were immediately reflected in the sound, individual note definition within chords was superb, and even with the Gain set to Hi and the Drive control at three o’clock, I could go from full-on ’60s crunch to edgy midrange grind to slightly crispy clean tones by simply rolling back the guitar volume.

If you play rock, blues, or any other style of music that would benefit from old-school Marshall mojo—especially if you can’t afford an original or reissue JTM45—the Distortron may be your ticket to Tone Town.

—Barry Cleveland

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KUDOS Packs a plethora of plexi-inspired tones into a pint-sized pedal.
CONCERNS None
CONTACT zvex.com

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