Zvex / Vextron Series Distortron / 2009 / Effect Pedal
The Distortron is the gifted little sister to the Z. Vex Box of Rock. It is highly specialized to simulate the "everything on 10" sound of a classic Marshall JTM45 non-master-volume amplifier. You may use the Distortron effectively with many different amplifieers, but to get the sound Zachary Vex heard when he designed it, try it through and old-school non-master volume Marshall at least once. You may use your guitar's volume control to adjust for the exact amount of distortion you need, all the way down to very clean and clear with most drive settings when the gain switch is set to "Lo".
DRIVE: Sets the amounth of distortion. Start around 1:00 o'clock
TONE: Adjust for treble content. Start around 2:00 o'clock
VOL: Adjust for output volume level. Start around 9:00 o'clock
GAIN Switch: "Lo/Hi" lets you choose standard "Box of Rock" gain level or a slightly boosted level
SUBS Switch: "2-1-3" lets you choose the full "Box of Rock" sub amount (3) or two different lower levels of subs depending on your amp's needs.
DRIVE: The Drive is based on ZVex's original Super Hard-On gain control, so it may crackle when turned. This is perfectly normal. That's why it says "Crackle Okay" by that knob.
Plug your guitar (or any effect's output) into the right-hand input jack. Plug the output into an amp or other effect's input. Rock out. Set the subs 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 cclean tone if you need it. With the Gain switch on Hi you can get more singing sustain with feedback at moderate amp volume. Try using your rhythm pickup with the tone control turned all the way down for a vintage bluesy howling lead sound.
Zvex recommends that you try the Distortron last in your pedal chain, just before the amp. You can set the amp for your favorite clean tone, set the Distortron for your favorite distirtion tone, and if you're using a booster pedal as well, try it both before and after the Distortron to experienc the different results... before the Distortron will give you more sustain, while after will give you more amp volume (or drive, if you use a distorted amp sound). If you have other distortion pedals, don't leave them in the closet! Many distortions pedals sound amazing into the Distortron. You may discover a whole new love for your old distortion pedal collection!
Uses one 9V battery or DC power jack (standard Boss configuration with center negative) is provided on the side of the pedal. The low current operation of this pedal's circuit will give you extraordinarily long battery life, current draw is approximately 2mA.
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