Z.Vex Distortion Switch Flagstaff AZ

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.

Cedar Music Inc
(928) 779-0799
1530 S Riordan Ranch St
Flagstaff, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Print Music

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Arizona Music Pro, Inc.
(928) 556-9054
122 E Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Cedar Music Inc.
(928) 779-0799
1530 S Riordan Ranch St # 401
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Bass Place
(623) 934-9387
Po Box 1724
Glendale, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Richardson Music Center
(480) 641-9903
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ

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Thomson & Son Bagpipes
(928) 522-8797
555 S Blackbird Roost
Flagstaff, AZ

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Arizona Music Pro
(928) 556-9054
122 E Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Fletcher Music Studio
(520) 399-2648
230 W Continental Rd
Green Valley, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs, Print Music

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Musicians Discount
(480) 827-1725
1110 W Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Guitar & Keyboard City
(602) 843-4292
6027 West Bell Road Suite B
Glendale, AZ
 
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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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