Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Drawing on Joe Satrianis knowledge accumulated from decades of groundbreaking performances, both live and in the studio, VOX unveils a breakthrough in guitar tone in The Satchurator distortion pedal. ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Drawing on Joe Satrianis knowledge accumulated from decades of groundbreaking performances, both live and in the studio, VOX unveils a breakthrough in guitar tone in The Satchurator distortion pedal. Designed to Satrianis exact specification, the Satchurator produces Satrianis signature tone and adds features and improvements never before combined in a distortion pedal.
After almost a year of painstaking experimentation and road testing, Satriani and the VOX R&D team discovered the secrets to capturing the ultimate distortion tone in a modern-day effects pedal. The Vox Satchurator is capable of very high gain levels, but operates more quietly and musically than many other modern distortion pedals. It also preserves the tone and pick attack regardless of style, while providing distortions from subtly distorted blues tones through classic rock and shred.
"The Satchurator is the most musical, most dynamic, multi-function distortion pedal I've ever played through" says Satriani. "This little red box is a monster tone generator. Following my specifications without compromise, and adding design innovations I never thought possible, the VOX team has delivered exactly what I need for the stage and studio—a distortion pedal that responds to my touch, and produces a big, natural, harmonically rich tone compatible with any guitar/pedal/amp configuration."

Features
  • Analog distortion pedal designed under the complete supervision of Joe Satriani
  • Controls for Gain, Tone and Volume
  • 'More' gain boost switch enables two footswitchable distortion sounds in one pedal. This gain boost is dramatic when gain knob is set low, and is a subtle solo boost when gain knob is set to maximum.
  • 'Pad' switch pads down input to allow for high gain pedals (such as modern wahs) placed before Satchurator. Up is pad 'ON'. Down is pad 'OFF' for full Satchurator effect.
  • High gain, low noise design provides vintage to modern distortion sounds
  • Dynamic circuit is highly responsive to rolling off the guitar's volume and preserves the guitar's high end when the volume is rolled off.
Specifications
  • Controls: Gain, Tone, Volume, On/Off Switch, 'More' Switch, Pad Switch
  • In/Outputs: 1/4" Input, 1/4" Output
  • Dimensions: 143(W) x 121(D) x 57.5(H)mm/5.63" (W) x 4.76"(D) x 14.61"(H)
  • Weight: 600g (excluding batteries)/1.32 lbs.
  • Power: One 9V Battery (included) or AC adapter (not included)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

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Best distortion, period

The only way I can describe the sound of this pedal is "clean distortion". So much of the tone of your guitar comes through, even at the highest gain levels....Read complete review

The only way I can describe the sound of this pedal is "clean distortion". So much of the tone of your guitar comes through, even at the highest gain levels. As an added cool feature, with the gain set all the way down, the pedal still gives you "classic rock" distortion. I've never heard a pedal that sounds so much like the kind of distortion you'd hear on a professional recording. Another cool thing is that this is the first pedal where all the knobs at 12 o'clock is darn near perfect. The volume or level knob at 12 perfectly matches the bypass volume. Get this.

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Good for a single guitar band

I have mixed opinions on this pedal. I play in a few cover bands and my core sound is a bluesy Fender Clean amp with some OD pedals. I planned on using this pedal...Read complete review

I have mixed opinions on this pedal. I play in a few cover bands and my core sound is a bluesy Fender Clean amp with some OD pedals. I planned on using this pedal for stuff that requires more gain and a harder edge. The Satchurator definitely fits the bill when I'm playing with my 3-piece band (where I'm the only guitar player). It fills up the space nicely with it's thick, compressed tone. However, when playing in two guitar bands, I get lost in the mix. My solos don't cut through at all, and even rhythm playing seems too flat when rolling off the guitars volume knob. I've tried bumping up the treble, but this pedal seems to shine on the bass-side of the tone knob. All in all, it's just okay and probably depends on your band's set up. I'd give it 5-stars for a 1-guitar band - covering everything from Satch to Zep to ZZ Top - it's fantastic. However, it's way too muddy to compete with a rhythm guitar player. Since Satch rarely seems to have a second guitar player, maybe this makes sense???

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3.0

Good for a single guitar band

By Don Francisco _

from Wilmington, DE

I have mixed opinions on this pedal. I play in a few cover bands and my core sound is a bluesy Fender Clean amp with some OD pedals. I planned on using this pedal for stuff that requires more gain and a harder edge. The Satchurator definitely fits the bill when I'm playing with my 3-piece band (where I'm the only guitar player). It fills up the space nicely with it's thick, compressed tone. However, when playing in two guitar bands, I get lost in the mix. My solos don't cut through at all, and even rhythm playing seems too flat when rolling off the guitars volume knob. I've tried bumping up the treble, but this pedal seems to shine on the bass-side of the tone knob. All in all, it's just okay and probably depends on your band's set up. I'd give it 5-stars for a 1-guitar band - covering everything from Satch to Zep to ZZ Top - it's fantastic. However, it's way too muddy to compete with a rhythm guitar player. Since Satch rarely seems to have a second guitar player, maybe this makes sense???

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5.0

GO AHEAD AND JUST BUY IT!

By CHRISTOPHER HOWLE

from Lillian AL

Just as promised, this thing does rock! Sound is very musical and not just a bunch of grind. Love it so far. Guitar Center is great.

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5.0

Best distortion pedal. Period

By JACK MORIARTY

from Narragansett R I

I use a Zvex Box of rock pedal and after some careful consideration and reading reviews decided to purchase this pedal. What a treat. It has the most musical distortion I've ever heard from a pedal. I play through a 100 watt Marshall and use the clean channel. I'm a big fan of Satriani and this pedal works amazingly well. It's a very clean and articulate distortion and not muddy at all. I'm a pro guitarist and session player and all I have to say is WOW!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Outstanding!!! ....If you have the right combination.

By edward long

from Texas

This pedal will sound INCREDIBLE....if you have the right combination of guitar, pedals, and amp to compliment. This pedal sounded like absolute GARBAGE when I used my strat, but when I hooked up my Les Paul, it gave a really nice crunchy tone! I recently acquired a new Fender Deluxe III Limited Edition and a MXR 10-Band EQ. I plugged into the Satch, then into the EQ, and ran that combination into the second Input on the Deluxe and all I could say is WOW!!!!! What came out of that amp was nothing short of a beautiful, full, and rich sounding crunch that I could never produce with the Crunch Box, or any other distortion/overdrive pedal I own!!! I am beyond impressed. So, if you have humbuckers in your guitar, a decent EQ, and a great Tube amp, you'll fall in love with this pedal!!!! Quit reading this and buy it!!!!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh man, The Satchurator!

By CJ Coan

from Kansas City, Missouri

I've been working hard this last year on solidifying my sound. My lead tones in the bands I play for are known for being smooth, and tasteful, yet having that rock crunch to them when I need it. No pun intended, but I like to have a very saturated tone a lot of times. My pedal of choice for the last year has been an old Ibanez Soundtank PowerLead. The thing has amazing distortion tone for lead, but for my rhythm aspect of my tone, it just wasn't where I wanted it. So onto my rig and how this pedal fits in: I'm playing a Schecter Tempest Custom as my main axe, running through a Kustom wAv 212 combo. I play in a Christian Praise Rock band, a church worship team, and an Alternative Hard Rock band. So I need some versatility on my board. FEATURES: The Satchurator has that classic Joe Satriani tone, depending on how you dial the tone/gain settings. You can get anything from a slight crunch, to blues area gain, to all but high gain/metal distortions. Basically, if you have the gain set at moderate tones on this pedal, using the "more" switch will take your gain to 10. Also it boosts your signal a little bit, just enough to cut through a band for a smooth solo. the Satch and Vox did a GREAT job on this part. This pedal all around is a winner. Not to mention the vintage paint job and look of it is AWESOME. QUALITY/RELIABILITY: I wouldn't worry about this pedal breaking on me. The footswitch buttons are liquid-smooth upon use. I was amazed and pleased with this. Being in a worship team, nothing kills an intimate worship song like the pop of a footswitch button being activated. If it was broken or stolen, I would buy another, hands down. LOOK AND FEEL: As I said above, the vintage look of it with the knobs and the coloring is great. It's not any heavier then your normal pedals. CONCLUSION: This is the best distortion pedal I've ever used. Don't hesitate to check one out. This is not the typical tinny, treble-filled cheap distortion that is out on the market today. It has vintage tone, look, and SO worth the money.

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5.0

Thank you Snatcherator

By Richard Gilson

from st.louis mo

This may be what I've been looking for. Max low noise gain. I'll be trying one of these for sure. If you didn't like it because it had to much gain it sounds perfect

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5.0

Perfect Distortion Peda

By Trey the Guitar Guy

from Brooksville, FL

Got this yesterday after a few months of debating against myself whether or not to get one, and i finally just gave in and got it. First off, this has to be the slickest looking distortion pedal ever. from the metallic red finish to the cream colored chicken head knobs, this thing is just beautiful, and solid too. Second, the sound is top notch, with a huge range of different sounds, from a soft sort of crunch to and sizzling howl, this pedal does it all. Finally, a selling point of this product was the fact that it was designed in collaboration with Joe Satriani, the ABSOLUTE best of the best. If this pedal is good enough for him to use, its more than enough for me and probably every other guitarist out there. (the price is great too!!!)

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

lives up to the hype

By steve

from houston,tx

The pedal is mostly all of what they said it was.awesome range.even better tones.does it live up to the hype??....yes.yes it does.get one if you can find one.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

lovin it

By Dante

from San Jose, CA

After reading lots of reviews, I finally got it! I have a fender hs strat (mexican) running through a fender hot rod deville. (i think it's important to mention that in each review, because it gives people a reference point, plus some of the negative reviews i've read come from people with solid state amps). The deville sounds great clean, so I knew my starting point was solid. I plugged it in, put the gain up, tone down, and wow!. It was a tasty crunch. I spent the next 2 hours playing a variety of styles (satch, vh, srv, etc.) and I could find a good tone for each. Although I love my amp's subtle distortion for some stuff, this thing takes it over the edge. Now i feel like i have the whole spectrum from clean, to overdrive, to serious distortion. I could only imagine that a les paul, or something with a real good humbucker could sound even better. The more button is cool, cause it add that little extra sustain for leads.

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5.0

Just What I Needed

By Guitar T

from bridgeport, tx

I recently bought the vox satchurator at guitarcenter. I was looking for something to add some definition to my solos. This was the perfect pedal for my needs. Very clean and smooth distortion and drive with the ability to back off with my guitar volume for some very clean bluesy tones. Very tweakable pedal with the ability to get almost any sound. Not a metal rhythm pedal neccassarily, but great for any type of solo from metal to blues to jass and everything in between. Excellent pedal. Great customer service at Guitar Center as well.

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