Z.Vex Distortion Switch Oregon City OR

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.

Blue Dot Guitars
(503) 656-1913
502 7Th St
Oregon City, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

Data Provided by:
Carriage House Music Inc
(503) 655-0585
Po Box 3241
Oregon City, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Bolton Music Studio
(503) 655-5503
21520 Willamette Dr
West Linn, OR

Data Provided by:
Manselles Music Shop Inc
(503) 659-9817
4808 Se Ina Ave
Milwaukie, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Day Music Co
(503) 775-4351
Pob 86508
Portland, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Wallys Music Shop
(503) 656-5323
607 Washington St
Oregon City, OR

Data Provided by:
Horseshoe Music Co
(503) 635-7045
3444 Chelan Dr
West Linn, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Guitar Center
(503) 654-0100
13029 Southeast 84th Ave.
Clackamas, OR
 
Tech Audio
(503) 654-5466
12805 Se 27Th Pl
Milwaukie, OR

Data Provided by:
Lake Music Center
(503) 636-3666
Pob 1337
Lake Oswego, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

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

 0.0000edpicpick_nr

KUDOS Packs a plethora of plexi-inspired tones into a pint-sized pedal.
CONCERNS None
CONTACT zvex.com

More from this Stompbox Roundup...
  • Roundup: 19 New StompBoxes
  • Analog Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay
  • Barge Conc...

Click here to read the rest of the article from Guitar Player


Guitar Player is a trademark of New Bay Media, LLC. All material published on www.guitarplayer.com is copyrighted @2009 by New Bay Media, LLC. All rights reserved