Z.Vex Distortion Switch Hickory 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.

Johnson Piano Exchange
(828) 322-5422
1707 Highland Ave Ne
Hickory, NC
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Putnam Baldwin Piano Co
(828) 728-1791
3068 Startown Rd
Newton, NC
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs

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Guitar Shoppe
(828) 728-6272
524 Central St
Hudson, NC
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Rays Sound Shop
(828) 728-3652
704 Meredith Ct
Lenoir, NC
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Music Center Inc
(828) 758-5253
202 Harper Ave Nw
Lenoir, NC
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Music Center Inc
(828) 322-4366
1620 8Th Street Dr Se
Hickory, NC
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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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A Plus Music
(828) 345-1979
141 Icard Ridge Road Ext
Granite Falls, NC
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Galaxie 111 Studios
(828) 632-4735
Po Box 176
Taylorsville, NC
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Dynamic Music
(704) 735-3021
Po Box 1330
Lincolnton, NC
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Daves Music Shop
(704) 483-9700
6745 Comm Scope Rd
Catawba, NC
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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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