Z.Vex Distortion Switch Las Vegas NV

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.

Karaoke Korner
(702) 259-1049
5643 W Charleston Blvd Ste 13
Las Vegas, NV

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Sam Ash Music Stores
(702) 732-9021
2747 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV
 
Cowtown Guitars Inc.
(702) 866-2600
2797 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Todays Music Inc
(702) 256-9400
7770 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Kessler & Sons Music
(702) 385-2263
3047 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Southern Nevada Music Co.
(702) 795-4646
1881 S Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard

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Violin Outlet
(702) 733-3028
900 Karen Ave Ste A122
Las Vegas, NV
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Family Music Centers
(702) 360-4080
8125 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repairs on Brass and Woodwind Instruments
Repairs on Violin, Viola, Cello and Upright Bass
Guitar Repairs
Piano Service including tuning, repairs, cabinet work.
Piano moving
Hours
Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
Sat 9am-6pm
Sun Noon-5pm (closed on Sundays from Memorial Day until the last Sunday in August.)

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Digital Tech
(702) 735-3578
2021 Santa Clara Dr
Las Vegas, NV

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S And K Music Studio, Inc.
(702) 257-2635
9340 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Hours
Monday - Friday
11:00am-7:00pm
Saturday
9:00am- 5:00pm
Sunday
CLOSED

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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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