Zvex Distortron
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iamqman 12/04/2011

Zvex Distortron : Recensione di iamqman (content in English)


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Out of all the various effects and distortion boxes that Zvex makes, I have to say this is by far my favorite one. It is unique in that they recommend you putting this at the end of your signal chain. Intersting because most distortion boxes go at the beginning of your signal chain. I guess as Zvex describes it as the engine side of a Box of Rocks pedal.

* Works well in combination with other distortion pedals you may have
* 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


DRIVE: Sets the amount 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 the 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(on the Super Hard On pedal not this one).


The pedal sounds huge when put in front of a Marshall style amp. The tone is so natural and creamy that it makes you want to play the guitar for hours. I love the tone you with a Gibson Les Paul or another humbucker style guitar slamming the front end of your high gain Marshall head on a semi dirty channel. It gets extremely huge and thick. Another great ting about the voicing of this pedal is you get the saturation when its engaged but you still hear the individual string separation of your guitar. It is a very transparent pedal that works well with any guitar and any amp.


These units come new at around $150, which is a great price for what the pedal does and sounds. I like the tone of this because it take your guitar amps tone and give it a modded sound. It is like taking a Marshall and having it modded to be a hot-rodded Marshall sound.

I would recommend this pedal to anyone who owns a Marshall style amp and needs to get the amp cooking without having to crank the volume up to ear bleeding levels. The price is fantastic as well. I have never seen another pedal like this so I can't give another recommendation. If you get a chance to try one I don't think you will be disappointed. its not an ordinary distortion box.