Z.Vex Distortion Switch Circle Pines MN

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.

Jeanne Inc
(763) 754-6695
Po Box 49564
Blaine, MN
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(763) 786-1515
788 Lakeview Dr
Shoreview, MN
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Slv Entertainment Systems Inc
(763) 862-1477
Po Box 48405
Minneapolis, MN
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(651) 644-3111
Po Box 10806
White Bear Lake, MN
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(651) 429-0236
2182 3Rd St
White Bear Lake, MN
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Drums & Percussion, Print Music
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Lessons: Yes
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(763) 957-8555
12763 Central Ave Ne
Blaine, MN
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(763) 783-0080
2436 Highway 10
Mounds View, MN
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Schmitt Music
(763) 421-4430
13060 Riverdale Dr Nw
Coon Rapids, MN
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Print Music

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Bb Organ
(763) 571-8284
133 76Th Way Ne
Fridley, MN
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(651) 278-7600
4200 Bellaire Ave
White Bear Lake, MN
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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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