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Zvex Vextron Series Distortron - Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
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Simulates the classic "everything on 10" sound of a Marshall JTM45.

The ZVex Distortron guitar pedal is the gifted little sister of ZVex's "Box of Rock" stompbox. ZVex designed the Distortron distortion effect to simulate the "everything on 10" sound of a classic Marshall JTM45 non-master-volume amplifier. With the Distortron pedal your guitar's volume control adjusts for the exact amount of distortion needed-all the way down to the clean and clear sounds you can get with most drive settings when the gain switch is set to low.

The Distortron effect pedal's controls function as follows:

•Drive: sets distortion amount-begin at around the 1 o'clock position. Based on the original "Super Hard-On" gain control, it may crackle when turned, which is normal.
•Tone: Adjusts for treble content-begin at around the 2 o'clock position
•Volume: Adjusts output volume level-begin at around the 9 o'clock position
•Gain switch: "Lo/Hi" switch lets you choose the standard "Box of Rock" gain level or a slightly boosted level
•Subs switch: "2-1-3" switch lets you choose the standard "Box of Rock" sub amount (on option 3) or two different lower levels of subs, depending on your amp's needs

Recommendations for operation:
Plug your guitar (or any effect's output) into the Distortron's right-hand input jack. Plug the output into an amp or other effect's input. Rock out. Set the sub's switch so there's just enough low-end for your amp. Try turning up the gain all the way but leave the gain switch on Lo. This is the maximum gain where you can still turn down your guitar and get a completely clean tone if you need it. With the gain switch on Hi, you can get more sustain with feedback at a moderate amp volume. Try using your rhythm pickup with the tone control turned all the way down for a vintage, bluesy lead sound.

Recommendations for pedal placement:
Try the ZVex Distortron last in your pedal chain, just before the amp. Set the amp for your favorite clean tone, set the Distortron pedal for your favorite distortion tone, and if you're using a booster pedal as well, try it both before and after the Distortron to experience different results: before the Distortron will give you more sustain, while after it will give you more amp volume (or drive, if you use a distorted amp sound).

Don't leave your other distortion pedals in the closet-many distortion pedals sound amazing with the ZVex Vextron Series Distortron, so you may discover a whole new appreciation for your old distortion pedal collection.

Zvex Vextron Series Distortron - Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal Features:

  • Works well in combination with other distortion pedals
    DC power jack on side of unit uses standard Boss configuration (with center negative)
    LED light indicates when unit is operational and when battery is low
    1-year manufacturer warranty from purchase date

Zvex Vextron Series Distortron - Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal Specifications:

  • Uses 1 9V battery
    Battery draw: 2mA

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  • Slamming 70s JTM45 tone for AC/DC/Def Lep High and Dry tone

    As reviewed by Stacey Graham on 1/1/2013

    Mr. Vex claimed this was a "Marshall JTM45 in a box" and I think he hit this one out of the park. It is godlike 1970s tone. It can absolutely nail the early Marshall spectrum from a clean boost to that deceptively clean but slamming AC/DC rhythm tone to the dirtier and meaner Def Leppard High and Dry tone. Very much old-school Marshall and very responsive to pick attack and volume knob, cleans up or screams according to what your right hand is doing. This pedal has dark swirling dirt that sounds like a cranked tube amp, organic and alive. The bass/sub switch can get decent low-end thump out of even open-backed combos. Even Fender amps can get in the Marshall ballpark because the Distortron colors the sound to mimic the JTM45 so much. It doesn't get into high/metal gain or sawtooth fuzz, but it's great when put in front of a fuzz, when stacked with a Big Muff it liquifies and smoothes out/fattens the Big Muff sound for great lead tone. Hardware, case, pots, wiring all A+, and the jacks he uses are in a different league than mass produced pedals, solid-feeling and they grip your cables like they are hanging on for dear life. All around a fabulous pedal, best I have ever played. If you dig AC/DC or High and Dry-era Def Leppard this is it. Absolutely wonderful. Plus, I found out I live about a 15 minute walk from Zvex HQ!

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  • Perfect

    As reviewed by Jason Siders on 9/12/2012

    i feel compelled to write a review on this guy, something i never do. I've been chasing after something that can give my the sound of my Orange Rocker 30 for when i play out with my AC30. I've tried a lot of boxes: an Earthquaker Monarch, a Catalinbread SCOD, and Fulltone OCD. the OCD was closest, but it got really fizzy at higher gain levels and was lacking midrange. enter the Distortron. it has the perfect amount of midrange to cut through the mix without sounding 'honky', plenty of bass if needed, and just enough gain. the low gain setting maxed nails my old Orange, and the high gain setting backed off a little bit takes it even further. better yet, with the drive around noon, it nails some great early marshall tones, for Hendrix stuff and even some U2 type overdrive sounds (at least through my AC30). anyways, this is a crazy versatile pedal that sounds great just about every way you set it. my only regret is that i didn't get this sooner!

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  • Greatest Marhsall Style Distortion/Over Drive

    As reviewed by Ronsol on 10/13/2009

    One of the best overdrive/dist peadls ever. Starts from a Sightly Over drive in the lo gain postion, Doing all the way through Led Zeppelin, Eric clapton (60's era), GNR,Gary Moore and everything beetween those and a little bit beyond. The Subs control is very Usefull wwith both humbuckers and singles. And suprisely Sighlent with singles If they were'nt run out in Israel I would Buy one right when I'll have the money. P.s. Works better with humbuckes

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