Z.Vex Distortion Switch La Follette TN

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.

Paradise Music
(865) 463-0505
120 Miller Rd
Clinton, TN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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(865) 531-7689
7412 Harvest Creek Ln
Powell, TN
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Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Print Music

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Horn Strings & Things
(931) 455-1002
307 1/2 N Jackson St
Tullahoma, TN
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Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Piano Warehouse
(423) 323-9325
490 Shipley Ferry Rd
Blountville, TN
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Acoustic Piano

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(865) 453-1031
1050 Winfield Dunn Pkwy
Sevierville, TN
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Acoustic Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Ciderville Music
(865) 945-3595
Clinton Hwy 2836
Powell, TN
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement

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(615) 771-7038
Po Box 159354
Nashville, TN
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs, Print Music

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Carlisles Music Doctors
(423) 586-3582
109 E Main St
Morristown, TN
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Musitech
(423) 894-9771
Po Box 9037
Chattanooga, TN
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Acoustic Piano

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Wood-N-Strings
(865) 448-6647
7645 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Townsend, TN
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Print Music

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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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