Z.Vex Distortion Switch Bourbonnais IL

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.

Kingmusic Inc
(815) 935-3220
670 W Broadway St
Bradley, IL
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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Roy Stone & Sons
(815) 932-2057
2064 S Hieland Rd
Saint Anne, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Beautiful Music
(630) 968-8700
6400 Woodward Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Tobias Music
(630) 960-2455
5013 Fairview Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Tatlor, Martin, etc. repairs
Hours
Monday 5:30PM to 9:30 PM
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00PM to 9:30 PM
Wednesday & Friday 1:00PM to 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:30AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday Closed

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Flores Music
(309) 682-4553
922 E War Memorial Dr
Peoria, IL
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Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Verondas Music Village
(815) 935-1030
1030 N Kennedy Dr
Kankakee, IL
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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King Music Services
(815) 935-1115
670 W Broadway St
Bradley, IL
 
Chicago Guitar
(773) 538-5093
4638 S Wallace St
Chicago, IL
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Total Music Ltd
(847) 724-5310
1466 Waukegan Rd
Glenview, IL

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Hendricks Keyboards, Inc.
(630) 969-5082
421 Maple Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Piano service, rebuilding, refinishing
Hours
Monday thru Saturday 10A - 5P
Sunday 12N - 4P
Evening appointments are available.

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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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