Z.Vex Distortion Switch Sikeston MO

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.

Collins Keith Piano Co
(573) 471-4531
98 N Kingshighway St
Sikeston, MO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Blackwell Music Co
(417) 935-2202
Po Box 183
Seymour, MO
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Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Ozarks Vintage Drums
(417) 256-8345
5101 County Road 8940
West Plains, MO
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Drums & Percussion

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Shivelbines Music
(573) 334-5216
535 Broadway St
Cape Girardeau, MO
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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Southside Music Co
(314) 772-7929
9331 Aster Ave
Saint Louis, MO
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Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Music Station
(816) 224-4594
790 Sw Us Highway 40
Blue Springs, MO
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Instrumental Influence Inc
(660) 827-3004
2700 S Limit Ct
Sedalia, MO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Jam Factory
(573) 221-2520
207 N Main St
Hannibal, MO
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Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Meyer Music
(816) 746-0500
6312 Nw Barry Rd 14
Kansas City, MO
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South County Vintage Instruments
(314) 487-6136
4935 Viento Dr
Saint Louis, MO
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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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