Z.Vex Distortion Switch Fairmont WV

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.

Music Center
(304) 842-8510
795 W Main St
Bridgeport, WV
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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(304) 292-5382
108 Ann St
Morgantown, WV
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(304) 292-3351
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Po Box 590
Clarksburg, WV
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(304) 842-8510
795 W Main St Ste B
Bridgeport, WV
 
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(304) 842-3560
435 Meadowbrook Mall
Bridgeport, WV
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Kleeb's Music Center
(304) 983-6683
6504 Mall Road
Morgantown, WV
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
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Website Sales: Yes
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Lessons: Yes
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Pianos- Kawai & Yamaha Digital Pianos Keyboards
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(304) 292-3356
3010 Northpointe Plz
Morgantown, WV
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Showtime Music Inc.
(304) 842-3560
2435 Meadowbrook Mall
Bridgeport, WV
 
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(304) 292-3351
1804 Earl Core Rd
Morgantown, WV
 
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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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