Z.Vex Distortion Switch Roseburg 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.

Sandman Music
(541) 440-0963
225 W Oriole Dr
Roseburg, OR
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Sound Reinforcement

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James Drum Co
(541) 679-7992
1895 Olalla Rd
Winston, OR
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Drums & Percussion

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Hi 5 Music Inc.
(541) 492-8533
530 Ne Garden Valley Blvd
Roseburg, OR
 
Fingerboard Ext
(541) 752-5679
120 Nw 2Nd St
Corvallis, OR
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Mckenzie River Music
(541) 343-9482
455 W 11Th Ave
Eugene, OR
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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High 5 Music Corp
(541) 492-8533
530 Ne Garden Valley Blvd
Roseburg, OR
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Southbound Sound
(541) 672-3573
Po Box 216
Glide, OR
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Acoustic Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Portland Music Co
(503) 228-8437
2502 Ne Broadway St
Portland, OR
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Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Cfp Music
(503) 640-5152
Po Box 6798
Aloha, OR
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Victor Music
(503) 720-3042
16330 River Front Rd
Clatskanie, OR
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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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