Z.Vex Distortion Switch Fountain Inn SC

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.

Strummers Music
(864) 505-9105
918 Hillside Church Rd
Fountain Inn, SC
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Dills Spartan Piano
(864) 268-9107
1384 N Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC

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(864) 281-9771
1290 Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC
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Guitar Center
(864) 987-0291
2436 Laurens Road
Greenville, SC
 
Parker Music Co
(864) 250-1600
1622 E North St
Greenville, SC
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Low Key Music
(864) 947-8228
200 Mirinda Ln
Piedmont, SC
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Band & Orchestral

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Pecknel Music Co
(864) 244-7881
1312 N Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Fifth String Music
(864) 242-5428
941C N Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Piano Central
(864) 232-5164
757 N Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC
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(864) 244-4674
121 Swindon Cirle
Greenville, 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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