ZVex Vextron Series Distortron - Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
Distortion & Overdrive Effects Pedals
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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.
- 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
Vextron Series Distortron - Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal Specifications:
- Uses 1 9V battery
- Battery draw: 2mA
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Comments about ZVex Vextron Series Distortron - Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:
I was a little leery of buying this pedal but I am glad I got it. It does sound like a Marshall JCM800 (and as a long time servicer I know what a properly working JCM800 sounds like on 10) but it is also so much more. Again Zvex has done a great job of maximizing the range and usefulness of all the controls. But more importantly if you put other pedals like distortion or wahs ahead of it they really come to life. In fact I have been using some old pedals that have been languishing unused on the shelf for a while and enjoying them in a way I never have before (my new Zvex Mastotron sounds killer in front of it). Even a stock Boss DS1 works better ahead of the Distotron. I have even recorded it direct with good results, even without an amp and speaker sim running it gives great useful tones into my DAW. The bass response switch is extremely useful at balancing the tone for different amps, I have used it with my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Vibro Champs, Pro Jr, Electar 10, Ampeg Gemini II and Ampeg VT-40 they all sound great once you set the bass response switch appropriately for the amp (it keeps some amps from "farting out" like they do with other pedals). I got great raves at band practice from my band mates who usually don't notice changes in my FX setup. This pedal is also built like a tank!!