Z.Vex Distortion Switch Oxford MS

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.

Rebel Sound & Lighting
(662) 236-5340
1412 Jackson Ave W
Oxford, MS

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Buxton Music
(601) 369-2681
119 E. Commerce
Aberdeen, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Lakesland Music
(601) 982-0089
5200 Highway 25
Flowood, MS
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Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Brookhaven Music & Sound Co
(601) 833-1270
101 Whitebrook Dr
Brookhaven, MS

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Rons Music Center
(662) 234-0051
717 N Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS

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Rons Music Center
(662) 234-0051
717 N Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS

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Michels Record Shop
(601) 636-8902
1417 Washington St
Vicksburg, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Gates Piano Co
(662) 627-1891
327 Issaquena Ave
Clarksdale, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Wolfegang Music
(601) 264-2220
Po Box 15206
Hattiesburg, MS
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Band Central Station
(352) 371-9057
2602 Calai Cir
Ocean Springs, MS
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Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, 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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