Z.Vex Distortion Switch Corvallis OR

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.

Mels Music
(541) 753-6267
1119 Nw Maple Ave
Corvallis, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Gracewinds Music
(541) 754-6098
137 Sw 3Rd St
Corvallis, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Albany Music & Sound
(541) 967-8293
805 Burkhart Street Southeast
Albany, OR
 
Brockman Music Co
(541) 466-5203
25879 Center School Rd
Halsey, OR

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Thormahlen Musical Inst
(541) 753-4334
1876 Sw Brooklane Dr
Corvallis, OR
 
Fingerboard Ext
(541) 752-5679
120 Nw 2Nd St
Corvallis, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Magnolias Audio & Music
(541) 917-0808
115 2Nd Ave Sw
Albany, OR

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Albany Music & Sound
(541) 967-8293
805 Burkhart St Se
Albany, OR
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Gracewinds Music
(541) 754-6098
137 Sw 3Rd St
Corvallis, OR
 
Albany Music & Sound
(541) 967-8293
805 Burkhart Street Southeast
Albany, OR
 
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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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