Z.Vex Distortion Switch Excelsior Springs MO

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.

Palen Music Center
(816) 792-8301
2 E. Franklin
Liberty, MO
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Smithville Music Studio
(816) 873-2313
1601 S Us Highway 169
Smithville, MO
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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K and C Music Products
(816) 590-4459
502 Amesbury Drive
Smithville, MO
Hours
Monday thru Friday by Appointment. All day on Saturday if our group is not performing out of the city. You should phone before visiting to be sure we are available.

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Antioch Music Center
(816) 455-2800
6004 NE Antioch Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Extensive professional guitar repair, electronic repair, and quality band & orchestra repair, at competitive prices.
Hours
Monday through Friday - 10a.m. to 9p.m.
Saturday - 10a.m. to 7p.m.
Sunday - 12p.m. to 5p.m.

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Mfi
(816) 483-1251
4001 N Norfleet Rd
Kansas City, MO
 
Tom Buckle Keyboards
(805) 544-5126
8807 Ne 89Th St
Kansas City, MO
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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K & C Music Products
(816) 590-4459
502 Amesbury Dr
Smithville, MO
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Schmitt Music
(816) 455-5850
6020 Ne Antioch Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Print Music

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Palen Music Center
(816) 792-8301
2 E Franklin St
Liberty, MO
 
Brook Mays Music Co.
(816) 795-3718 , (816) 795-3721 (fax)
18675 E. 39th St. South, Suite T
Independence, MO
 
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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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