Z.Vex Distortion Switch Biddeford ME

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.

Midtown Music
(207) 282-0254
571 Elm St
Biddeford, ME

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Tune Town
(207) 641-8863
932 Sanford Rd
Wells, ME

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Drum Shop
(207) 874-6630
250 Saint John St
Portland, ME
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion
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Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes

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Buckdancer S Choice Co
(207) 774-2219
248 Saint John St
Portland, ME
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Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Starbird Piano & Organ
(207) 775-2733
525 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME
 
Greg Powers Entertainment
(207) 282-3783
901 Portland Road Route 1
Saco, ME
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Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Tunetown Music Gear
(207) 641-8863
932 Sanford Road
Wells, ME
 
Daddys Junky Music Stores Inc
(207) 772-3239
1064 Brighton Ave
Portland, ME
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Starbird Music Shoppe
(207) 828-0888
525 Forest Ave
Portland, ME

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Portland Percussion
(207) 775-2230
803 Forest Ave
Portland, ME
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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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