Z.Vex Distortion Switch Anchorage AK

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.

Old Time Music Co
(907) 561-6862
Po Box 92294
Anchorage, AK

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Keyboard Cache
(907) 274-3593
530 E Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK
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Print Music

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The Music Man
(907) 561-7001
521 W Tudor Rd
Anchorage, AK
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
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Instrument Rental: Yes
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Lessons: Yes
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Orchestral Strings
Guitar
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11:00 to 6:30 weekdays
11:00 to 5:00 Saturday

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Bucci Bows
(907) 277-9115
1408 Hyder St Ste B
Anchorage, AK
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Band & Orchestral

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Horn Doctor Music Store Inc
(907) 272-4676
1000 Ingra St
Anchorage, AK
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Vinnies Drum Shop
(907) 569-3786
1209 W 36Th Ave
Anchorage, AK
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Drums & Percussion

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Electronic Solutions
(907) 522-8080
8133 Old Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK
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Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement

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Pianos Unlimited, Inc.
(907) 677-9311
637 A St
Anchorage, AK
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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Mammoth Music
(907) 272-9944
Po Box 200967
Anchorage, AK
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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Washburn Piano Co
(907) 345-1914
1920 W Dimond Blvd
Anchorage, AK
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Print Music

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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.
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CONTACT zvex.com

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