Z.Vex Distortion Switch Wasilla AK

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.

Matanuska Music
(907) 376-4006
1830 E Parks Hwy
Wasilla, AK
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Matanuska Music
(907) 376-4006
280 N Willow St
Wasilla, AK
 
Bucci Bows
(907) 277-9115
1408 Hyder St Ste B
Anchorage, AK
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Electronic Solutions
(907) 522-8080
8133 Old Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement

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Huffman Music
(907) 345-1555
12201 Industry Way 03
Anchorage, AK
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Mikes Music
(907) 694-6453
12551 Old Glenn Hwy
Eagle River, AK
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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Barney'S Piano Center
(907) 456-2211
1825 Farmers Loop Rd
Fairbanks, AK
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Twitchells Music Store
(907) 543-5245
Po Box 703
Bethel, AK
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Horn Doctor Music Store Inc
(907) 272-4676
1000 Ingra St
Anchorage, AK
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Aurora Design Studios
(907) 452-2518
316 Front Street
Fairbanks, AK
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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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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