Z.Vex Distortion Switch Sierra Vista 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.

Gateway Music Corp.
(928) 635-9271
Po Box 172
Williams, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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L & K Music
(520) 586-7439
418 E Loma Catarina Dr
Benson, AZ
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Haight Guitars
(480) 609-6650
7130 E Becker Ln
Scottsdale, AZ
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Print Music

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(480) 829-9630
121 E Hermosa Dr
Tempe, AZ
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(520) 792-2136
Po Box 50172
Tucson, AZ
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Print Music

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Sherman Clay & Co
(480) 951-3337
14418 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 183
Scottsdale, AZ
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs

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(520) 881-4362
2758 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ
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Netsian
(602) 513-9295
1305 W. 1St Street
Tempe, AZ
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Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, DJ Equipment

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Mcknight Guitar Company
(480) 782-9600
1940 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music
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Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
By Bronsons Guitar Works and Mahoney Guitars
Hours
Monday - Thursday 11:30AM to 7:30PM
Friday 12:00PM to 6:00PM
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(623) 583-6266
11001 N 99Th Ave
Peoria, AZ
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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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