Z.Vex Distortion Switch Safford AZ

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.

Richards Music Co
(928) 428-2442
Po Box 810
Safford, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Richards Music Co
(928) 428-4224
615 S 5Th Ave
Safford, AZ
 
Netsian
(602) 513-9295
1305 W. 1St Street
Tempe, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, DJ Equipment

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Guitar Center
(480) 362-1150
8949 East Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Sodja Music Inc
(440) 461-2995
41544 N Clear Crossing Rd
Anthem, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Franks Fiddle Shop
(928) 428-1728
Po Box 477
Thatcher, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Mass Music
(480) 425-1109
1828 E University Dr
Tempe, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Recording Equipment

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Guitar Center
(480) 753-6900
1245 W. Elliot Rd. Ste. 115
Tempe, AZ
 
Music Store
(480) 831-9691
2630 W Baseline Rd
Mesa, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Franks Fiddle Shop
(928) 428-1728
Po Box 477
Thatcher, AZ
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Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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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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