Z.Vex Distortion Switch Arkansas City KS

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.

Sparks Music
(630) 442-5030
315 S Summit St
Arkansas City, KS
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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Willoughby Music
(620) 221-7887
705 Main St
Winfield, KS
 
Du Da Music
(620) 423-1615
3729 Main St
Parsons, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Mchugh Violins, Inc.
(316) 681-2925
2726 Boulevard Plz
Wichita, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Tune Shop Inc
(913) 682-3453
514 Delaware St
Leavenworth, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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W.P.S./ Willoughby Music
(620) 229-8205
705 Main St
Winfield, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Couch Musical Instrument Repr
(316) 265-8100
131 S Hydraulic St
Wichita, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral
Instrument Repair Information
Quality repair on wind and stringed instruments
Hours
Mon-fri 9:00 to 6;00
Sat 9:00 to 1:00

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Fleming Music
(620) 431-1272
1209 N Plummer Ave
Chanute, KS

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S M Hanson Music Inc
(785) 825-6273
335 S Clark St
Salina, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Jude S Piano & Organ
(785) 625-9006
2202 Canterbury Dr
Hays, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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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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