Z.Vex Distortion Switch Niceville FL

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.

Music Mart
(850) 678-3921
1603 A Highway 285
Niceville, FL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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Leitz Music Co. Inc.
(850) 863-1099
650 Beal Pkwy Nw
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Playground Music Center Inc
(850) 243-2514
99 Eglin Pkwy Ne Ste 1B
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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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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Espana Guitar Imports
(305) 856-4844
1445 Sw 102Nd Pl
Miami, FL
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Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Keyboard Connection
(904) 880-0002
9912 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music
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Acoustic Piano tuning and service information
Digital Piano repair information as well as keyboards and PA repair
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Monday - Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-4
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Mancini Music
(850) 678-6000
Po Box 340
Niceville, FL

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Playground Music Center
(850) 243-2514
99 Eglin Parkway Ne 1B
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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Piano Distributors
(727) 532-9926
6170 Ulmerton Rd
Clearwater, FL
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard

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(813) 971-2120
1517 E Fowler Ave Ste C
Tampa, FL
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Band & Orchestral

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Awesome Music Factory
(850) 769-0900
910 Ohio Ave
Lynn Haven, FL

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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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