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
 
Fire Hawks Vintage Guitars Inc
(913) 677-9666
7600 W 61St St
Shawnee Mission, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Banjo Fiddle Etc
(316) 686-6787
2869 S Mosley St
Wichita, KS
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Kutz Music Co
(620) 231-6170
601 N Broadway St
Pittsburg, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, 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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E M Shorts Guitars
(316) 684-6252
2525 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS
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Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Musical Overtures
(620) 331-1820
Po Box 644
Independence, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Steve Mason Luthiers And Violin Sho
(785) 841-0277
3809 W 24Th Street
Lawrence, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Ernie Williamson Music
(620) 223-1850
Po Box 467
Fort Scott, KS
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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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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