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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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Overview

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.
  • Cream chicken-head knobs for precise positioning and high visibility on dark stages
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)
Pro Coverage
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(26 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FLAT OUT AWESOME

By Nick Holloman

from virginia

this thing is so sweet!!!!!, if u put it on a clean channel, and turn this baby on, u get this very distorted overdrive sound. it sounds just like joe . definately recommend u get this if u love joe satriani and his tone.

(22 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best distortion, period

By Fred

from Columbus, OH

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.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gets you there...ts808 on steroids

By Chris

from SC

The other guitar player in our band rarely used his, so I decided to give it a try. Now am wondering why he never uses it. Really pushes your amps tubes into the true overdrive distortion. One of the most musical sounding distortions I have ever heard. I love it. I play strats and this will "round out" the single coils and will make them ooze TONe. Can use this for any type of music. We play lots of rock and blues and this can flat out nail Texas Flood tones with the Gain all the way down. Its a ts808 on steroids...I guess you could say it picks up where the holy grail left off. Will be adding one to my pedal board.

(11 of 92 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

SNACHERATER !!!!!!

By Jay

from clovis ca.

I WAS SOOOO dissappointed. I had been waiting to get my hands on this thing for 3 months. When it arrived I plugged it into my AC30 . . . It has wayyyyyyyy to much gain for me. Maybe it works for Satch . . but, I'm not tryin to be someone else. Even on its lowest setting . . the only way to get anything good out of it was to roll off my volume. Anyway . . .I'll be taking it back.

(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.

(9 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Distortion Pedal I've ever owned

By mattriani

from Arizona

All I can say is that I couldn't put my guitar down. This without a doubt is the most versatile, well thought out, incredible sounding distortion I have ever owned or played through. There is nothing bad about this pedal. Even the pad switch has a cool use if playing through a wah...makes the wah sound fuller. Awesome.

(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Pedal Ever

By Professor Panic

from Seattle, Washington

I have played for over 50 years now. I have played with some of the best effects pedals around, then and now. This pedal amazed me. It is so clean yet so dirty. As stated before on other reviews even with the effect off the pedal brings out notes I knew where there but had not ever heard before. When you first try it out you think what is this all about? Then it grabs you that when you are stretching that note off the fret board, it did not fade away it just keeps coming. I have recorded with it and live performance, outstanding!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As advertised.

By JC

from Oregon

I'm a little late to the Satchurator party, but here's my take. I'm usually disappointed with distortion pedals. Not this time. I'm running this into the clean channel of a JSX head. I don't feel like I'm sacrificing tone at any distortion level. The "More" button is a nice touch. Like some other reviewers, I've found it adds a more dramatic impact when the gain setting is dialed back just a bit. Still, you can get a little "more" even at max gain. Seems to play nice with my Bad Horsie 2. Well built. My only gripe... Come on VOX, just charge the extra $$ and include an AC adapter.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SEARCH IS OVER

By the 9

from California, Ca.

I play a Les Paul and Telecaster through a Fender vintage Blues Deluxe reissue. The clean is well, Fender clean. Pristine. But for rockin', the drive in that thing doesn't cut it. I have played ohhhh....about 20 different distortion pedals trying to come up with the best one of course. Well, search over. The Vox Satchirator is quiet, transparent, deep, chunky, massive, the list goes on. You can just get a little grit on or full shred. I do believe playing in front of a tube amp is the ticket. Good pickups help. I use Seymour Duncans usually. Vox, great job. Makes me want to check out your other pedals now.

(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.

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very nice

By Joaquin

from Texas

I have a line6 x3 live rig and didn't really need another pedal, but I wanted Joe's sound so I got this. It has a real sweet tone and I like that it's analog. I recommend a good delay after it to really get Joe's soaring sound. With the delay, you'll totally rock! I recommend it highly. I gave it 4 stars because Joe uses delay a lot and there is no delay in it, and no mention of it (an important omission in my opinion). It's a very nice, quality distortion pedal that you could get addicted to.

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

harmonic grabber

By john karros

from randolph, NJ

like every one else i was waiting for a pedal from joe.important to remember that joe's "sound" comes from his playing style, his rig & his axe (pick-ups)that said this is a sweet little box.sounds best if you have a slight gain set-up already (ie. master volume or driven sound first) then add the satchurator to drive it over the top.......i use it with my marshall dsl 50 (on the crunch channel) as well as my old vintage fenders but it needs compression to even it out......very metal sounding off the bat.sounds better with humbuckers (les-paul, sg. etc.) a little trebly with fenders but you can tone it down.....definitely back off on the guitar volume to maximize this unit & go from there.first pedal i could plug into my old twin reverb with my les-paul & get a hot "marshall' tone. helps to have a compression & EQ on your pedal board as well, but congrats to Vox & Joe for this effective little tone monster. really grabs that harmonic bite when you need a little push over the cliff!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VOX JS DS Satchurator

By darkhorse

from N Dallas TX

This is a great unit, one of my fav dist boxes if not the one. It does get Satch's tone and it just sounds great, I use single coils w it as well and they sound fine. They are dual rail HB high ohm but sound great w this unit/ Do not believe the complaints, w a good all tube amp this box is everything Joe said it was. GET it!!!!

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It was about time

By Mirek the Czech guy

from Glen Allen,VA

More than I expected for the money, but hey, it's Joe and his reputation. I wasn't looking for his sound, just the right amount of juice for solos, and no matter what amp I'm using( Budda, Mesa, Rivera), it delivers. I don't have to search for "my" anymore. Possibilities aplenty, incredible sound enhancement. Highly recommended!

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING TONE AND DYNAMICS!!!!

By Dariel

from Dominican Republic

This pedal does it all and then some!!! i just got this in the mail yesterday after a long wait of deciding to buy or not and researching on the internet how it sounded. Let me tell you it was worth the wait and evey single penny put into it. AWESOME gain capabilities; you can use this pedal for ANYTHING your little fingers feel like playing and the more switch just makes it even sweeter. I use mine withe gain at about 1 o clock and the tone at about 11 and it gives me that sweet sensation i've always looked for in distortion pedals. I no longer need my MT-2 nor my ProCo Rat nor my SD-2, satch has made it all possible with one beautiful red pedal. If you're like me and like to get that nice warm but really gutsy rectified style distortion you will love this pedal. BUY IT NOW!!!!

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A really decent distortion pedal

By Steve

from Montclair, NJ

This is just a really easy to use pedal and it has great tone. Chicken-head knobs cover a really wide-range of distortions which can do anything from vintage overdrive to sound-barrier breaking distortion. But even with the gain all the way up, the pedal still has clarity and contains its tone. If you crank the tone all the way up, you get this cool sort of envelope filter sound, kinda. The More switch is the perfect combination of overdrive/sustain/volume boost. The tone on this pedal is just so amazing and it sounds great with other pedals. All in all, by it. You are doing yourself a favor.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

The Satch Pedal

By Pat

from Weirton, WV

I was going to buy this pedal today at GC in Pittsburgh, PA. After playing through it for a while I came up with these thoughts about it. It sounds incredible on certain settings. I played it through a Fender HR Deville. It is very transparent and allows the amps tone to shine through (which is really cool). With the gain set at NOON, I had all I would ever need. Anywhere from 0 to NOON sounded great to me. But, click the More switch from NOON and it was way too much IMO. I guess it's cool to have that much satchuration on tap is you like it. But you can only add so much satchuration before you start to lose clarity and get all fizzy. The other thing I noticed right away, is that the Volume knob does not offer a signifigant boost. I dimed it and it was barely any louder (if at all) than the bypass signal of the amp. When I stomp on a pedal to unleash something, there should be a signifigant amount of boost available. The Satchurator doesn't have the boost. Over all, it's very well built, nice looking, and sounding (with the right set up). The foot switches are VERY NICE. They look like the ones on various other pedals but they click very softly, without that loud resisting CLICK sound. I ended taking home the Fulltone OCD pedal instead. It is tailored more to my taste. I gave the Satchurator a 3 star rating because of the lack of volume boost on the pedal. (Yes, the more switch does add a slight boost but it also adds fizz). I would like to see a version of this pedal with a good amount of volume so when in use it would be louder than the bypass/clean channel.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hard Rock Bliss

By John R

from Baltimore, MD

To start, I have a very expensive 3 channell 1/2 stack. I will leave it at that. The amp still was not doing what I wanted it to. I was not getting that sound! We all know what that's like especially if your a gear head! I just went and seen a newly formed band and the Guitar player of this said band was using this through the clean channel of his 3 channel amp not the same as mine but very close. Well let me tell you! I went and purchased one of these puppies at my local retailer and all I can say is wow!! All these years of buying and selling expensive vintage amps trying to find that sound and now I have found it in a $129.99 pedal. So the moral of the story is, go to your local store, find a good clean amp and plug yopur guitar into it and this pedal and you will no longer have to serach for that sound!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This pedal has it

By S J Taylor

from big sandy,tn

This pedal has a nice variety of distotion from intense to subtle...when matched with the right reverb and delay or echo it can really enhance your sound...

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