Z.Vex Distortion Switch Casa Grande AZ

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.

De-No Music Center Inc
(520) 836-2601
801 E Florence Blvd
Casa Grande, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Rainbow Guitars
(520) 325-3376
2550 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Mass Music
(480) 425-1109
1828 E University Dr
Tempe, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Recording Equipment

Data Provided by:
Desert Dreams Productions, Llc
(480) 663-7900
5917 E Ironwood Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ

Data Provided by:
Janson Studio Rentals
(602) 369-0518
9826 N 25Th St
Phoenix, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

Data Provided by:
Eddies Music
(520) 421-9523
533 W 13Th Pl
Casa Grande, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Arizona Sound & Light
(520) 629-8880
1530 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

Data Provided by:
Fletcher Music Centers Inc
(480) 830-3959
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs

Data Provided by:
Guitar Center
(520) 320-9900
4720 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ
 
Fletcher Music Centers Inc
(623) 878-4939
10659 Grand Ave
Sun City, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

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

 0.0000edpicpick_nr

KUDOS Packs a plethora of plexi-inspired tones into a pint-sized pedal.
CONCERNS None
CONTACT zvex.com

More from this Stompbox Roundup...
  • Roundup: 19 New StompBoxes
  • Analog Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay
  • Barge Conc...

Click here to read the rest of the article from Guitar Player


Guitar Player is a trademark of New Bay Media, LLC. All material published on www.guitarplayer.com is copyrighted @2009 by New Bay Media, LLC. All rights reserved