Z.Vex Distortion Switch Hastings NE

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.

Moore Music Co
(402) 463-0776
313 N Burlington Ave
Hastings, NE
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Band & Orchestral, Print Music

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Midwest Violins
(402) 331-8500
11714 Shirley St
Omaha, NE
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Schmitt Music Center
(402) 391-5588
7355 Dodge St
Omaha, NE
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Erdmans Music
(308) 423-2618
117 7Th Ave W
Benkelman, NE
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Acoustic Piano, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Millard Music House
(402) 895-1221
5053 S 136Th St
Omaha, NE
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Redhouse Music & Pro Audio
(402) 463-5578
208 S Burlington Ave Ste 101
Hastings, NE
 
Bambauer Music
(402) 729-5418
1212 Elm St
Fairbury, NE
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Star Music
(402) 423-6633
4910 Old Cheney Rd
Lincoln, NE
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Acoustic Music Plus
(402) 467-2544
7221 Whitestone Cir
Lincoln, NE
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Jd Music
(402) 398-9808
13748 F St
Omaha, NE
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
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Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repairs : Yes
Hours
M-T 11:30-8:00
FRIDAY11:30-6
SATURDAY10:30-5
SUNDAY 12:00-4

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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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