Z.Vex Distortion Switch Hutchinson KS

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.

Pianos Unltd
(620) 662-0406
900 N Main St
Hutchinson, KS
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Sparks Music
(620) 662-0007
108 N Main St
Hutchinson, KS
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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C Major Guitars
(316) 687-8182
110 S Hillside St
Wichita, KS
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Fire Hawks Vintage Guitars Inc
(913) 677-9666
7600 W 61St St
Shawnee Mission, KS
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Midwest Drum & Percussion Inc
(316) 265-3070
2228 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS

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Johnson Music Center
(620) 662-0281
420 N Main St
Hutchinson, KS
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Keyboard Land
(307) 265-1135
3001 N Monroe St
Hutchinson, KS
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Midwest Piano Exchange
(316) 945-2233
767 Murray St
Wichita, KS
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Acoustic Piano

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Senseney Music, Inc.
(316) 262-1487
2300 E. Lincoln
Wichita, KS
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Myles Music
(316) 640-1360
2265 N Fountain St
Wichita, KS
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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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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