Z.Vex Distortion Switch Chehalis WA

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.

Larsen Music
(360) 740-8977
1679 S Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA

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Fandrich Piano Co. Inc.
(360) 736-7563
620 S Tower Ave
Centralia, WA
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Print Music

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Petosa Accordions Inc
(206) 632-2700
313 Ne 45Th St
Seattle, WA
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment

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Worldwide Strings
(360) 862-1103
6211 103Rd Ave Se
Snohomish, WA
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Band & Orchestral

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Sherman Clay,050
(206) 622-7580
1624 4Th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Acoustic Piano

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Great Music Co.
(360) 736-6400
1616 S Gold St Ste 4
Centralia, WA
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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Fandrich Piano Company, Inc.
(360) 736-7563
620 S. Tower Avenue
Centralia, WA
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Acoustic Piano

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Music Machine
(509) 582-3568
212 W Kennewick Ave
Kennewick, WA
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Plaza Ii Music
(253) 848-8478
12020 Meridian E
Puyallup, WA

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Austins Music Of Kent
(253) 852-7668
4335 S 347Th St
Algona, WA
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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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.
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