Z.Vex Distortion Switch Rocky Mount NC

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 City
(252) 977-3434
135 Se Main St
Rocky Mount, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Pearson Music Co.
(252) 446-4101 , (252-446-8378 (fax)
1171 N. Wesleyan
Rocky Mount, NC
 
Miller Baldwin Piano Co
(704) 567-2004
5236 Be Independence Blvd
Charlotte, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Brodt Music Co Inc
(704) 332-2177
Po Box 9345
Charlotte, NC

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Hills Music Shoppe Inc
(252) 492-4116
51 Us 158 Byp
Henderson, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Robbins Jewelry & Music
(252) 237-8011
Po Box 1646
Wilson, NC

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Pioneer Music
(252) 291-9688
925 Ward Blvd Ste 1F
Wilson, NC
 
Band Co
(336) 591-7700
3439 Nc 89 Hwy E
Walnut Cove, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

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Music Mart Inc
(704) 932-1731
651 N Cannon Blvd
Kannapolis, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Morrow Piano & Organ
(336) 273-0093
5553 W Market St
Greensboro, NC
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Acoustic Piano

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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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