Z.Vex Distortion Switch Forest City NC

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.

B-Sharp Music
(828) 286-4444
119 W Main St
Spindale, NC

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Bulldog Music
(704) 434-8383
Po Box 497
Boiling Springs, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Hardin S United Inc
(704) 482-0686
1713 S Post Rd
Shelby, NC
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Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Hames Music, Llc
(864) 489-1166
370 Peachoid Rd
Gaffney, SC
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Shelby Music Center
(704) 487-7404
306 S Lafayette St
Shelby, NC
 
Guitar Express
(828) 286-3951
407 Westwood St A
Spindale, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Shelby Music Center
(704) 487-0245
306 S Lafayette St
Shelby, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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BLVD-MUSIC
(864) 599-0508
340 Village Creek Drive
Boiling Springs, SC
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
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Lessons: Yes
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GUITAR AND ALL STRINGED INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING ORCHESTRAL,
ELECTRONIC,
BAND
Hours
10am - 7pm Mon. - Fri.
10am - 5pm Sat.

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Father & Son Music
(864) 814-6874
4000 Highway 9
Boiling Springs, SC
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Boulevard Music
(864) 599-0508
340 Village Creek Dr
Boiling Springs, SC
 
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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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