Z.Vex Distortion Switch Hopkins MN

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.

Buds Music Ctr
(952) 938-6341
820 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Schmitt Music Center
(952) 546-0555
14200 Wayzata Blvd Ste Q
Minnetonka, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Music Plus
(612) 270-0408
2204 Pennsylvania Ave S
Saint Louis Park, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

Data Provided by:
House Of Note
(952) 929-0026
7210 Minnetonka Blvd
Saint Louis Park, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Christopher Quinn Violins, Inc.
(612) 378-5470
Po Box 41982
Minneapolis, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

Data Provided by:
J.W. Pepper - Minnesota
(952) 938-0028
4777 Shady Oak Rd S S/300
Hopkins, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

Data Provided by:
Aabaca Inc
(952) 933-7307
5750 Shady Oak Rd S
Minnetonka, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment

Data Provided by:
Kullberg Studios
(952) 473-7737
3506 Meadow Ln
Minnetonka, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

Data Provided by:
Heilicher Bros Inc
(952) 544-7600
850 Decatur Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

Data Provided by:
Risen Drums
(651) 603-0900
9131 34 1 2 Ave N
New Hope, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

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

 0.0000edpicpick_nr

KUDOS Packs a plethora of plexi-inspired tones into a pint-sized pedal.
CONCERNS None
CONTACT zvex.com

More from this Stompbox Roundup...
  • Roundup: 19 New StompBoxes
  • Analog Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay
  • Barge Conc...

Click here to read the rest of the article from Guitar Player

Local Events

UST Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care
Dates: 11/5/2020 – 11/5/2020
Location:
University of St.Thomas Saint Paul
View Details
 

Guitar Player is a trademark of New Bay Media, LLC. All material published on www.guitarplayer.com is copyrighted @2009 by New Bay Media, LLC. All rights reserved