Z.Vex Distortion Switch Fort Collins CO

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.

Spotlight Music Llc
(970) 377-8066
2925 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Natural Piano Center
(970) 226-4035
3710 Mitchell Dr
Fort Collins, CO
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Boomer Music Co
(970) 223-2424
2721 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Spotlight Music Inc.
(970) 377-8066
2925 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO
 
From The Top Music Studios
(970) 407-0500
148 W Oak St
Fort Collins, CO
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Print Music

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Academy Of Guitar
(970) 223-2466
5200 Fossil Ridge Dr
Fort Collins, CO
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Print Music

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(970) 223-2424
2721 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Colorado Piano & Keyboards
(970) 482-1960
1913 Seminole Dr
Fort Collins, CO
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Acoustic Piano, Sound Reinforcement, Print Music

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Co Drum & Percussion
(970) 416-0369
256 Linden St
Fort Collins, CO
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(970) 224-2977
209 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO
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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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