Z.Vex Distortion Switch Waterford MI

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.

Motor City Guitar
(248) 673-1900
1565 Crescent Lake Rd
Waterford, MI
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Hammered Strings
(248) 335-1330
942 Joslyn Ave
Pontiac, MI
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs

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Marshall Music Co.
(248) 661-1260
7470 Haggerty Rd
West Bloomfield, MI
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Flute World
(248) 855-0410
29920 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI
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Band & Orchestral, Print Music

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Upper Room Studio
(248) 879-2447
6710 Crooks Rd
Troy, MI
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Mccourts Music Center
(248) 673-7500
3040 Sashabaw Rd
Waterford, MI

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Evola Music
(248) 334-0566
2184 S Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield, MI
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Print Music

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Hammell Music Inc
(248) 624-8111
2700 E West Maple Rd
Commerce Township, MI
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Limelight Music
(248) 375-0220
3220 Walton Blvd
Rochester Hills, MI
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Wilson Fine Violins
(248) 258-1125
725 S Adams Rd
Birmingham, MI
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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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