Z.Vex Distortion Switch Laporte IN

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.

Roxy Music Shop
(219) 362-2340
1012 Lincolnway
La Porte, IN
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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(219) 793-9820
105 Washington St Ste 1F
Michigan City, IN
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(219) 362-2340
1012 Lincolnway
La Porte, IN
 
Blessings School Music Inc
(574) 234-5550
1426 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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Shirk Piano & Organ Co
(574) 255-7889
2366 Miracle Ln
Mishawaka, IN

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Wolfe Music
(219) 326-7137
4303 E Scholl Rd
Rolling Prairie, IN

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Olde Tyme Musik Shoppe
(219) 767-2877
606 Water St
Union Mills, IN
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Music Menu
(219) 690-1002
3672 Baldwin St
Portage, IN

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(317) 831-9779
6005 Wilbur Rd
Martinsville, IN
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(219) 947-4525
Po Box 10614
Merrillville, IN
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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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