Z.Vex Distortion Switch Selma AL

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.

Arts Music Shop Inc
(205) 995-8376
4647 Highway 280 S
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Baker Music
(256) 734-0998
311 2Nd Ave Sw
Cullman, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Birmingham Percussion Center
(205) 823-9911
1615 Montgomery Hwy
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

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Ee Forbes
(205) 879-4154
3048 Independence Dr
Homewood, AL

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Long's Electronics
(205) 956-6767
2630 5th Avenue South
Irondale, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Karaoke Equipment, DJ Equipment
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Website Sales: Yes
Hours
M-F 8:30AM - 5:30PM CST

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Band Wagon Of Huntsville
(256) 880-6344
4800 Whitesburg Dr S
Huntsville, AL
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Electro Music
(334) 382-6232
209 W Commerce St
Greenville, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Carousel Music
(334) 677-0859
418 Westgate Pkwy
Dothan, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Scotts Guitars
(256) 974-3606
15014 Court St
Moulton, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Moss Audio Systems
(256) 773-0708
Po Box 1307
Hartselle, AL
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Sound Reinforcement

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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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