ZVex Super Hard On Review

If you’re looking for a great preamp pedal, one of the best out there is the ZVex Super Hard On.  zvex-super-hard-onThis pedal is designed to resemble those great pedals from the 60s, right down to featuring a volume knob with a negative-feedback control that crackles when you adjust it, just like those older knobs did.

Over time, the magnets in the pickups of vintage guitars start to deteriorate.  To get around this issue, the ZVex Super Hard On features a very high input impedance.  It’s so high that it does not actually accept any input from the guitar, so the pickup is perfectly clear.  You can actually get an output level of more than eight volts without any distortion.  You can add in distortion, but it doesn’t come out as fuzz; instead, it’s a triode overload.  This amp makes your guitar sound much larger and pushes your amp much harder than any other pedal, giving you a great effect.  Players who complain about that strange disappearing guitar effect will find that this pedal is the perfect solution to this problem. (more...)

October 23, 2009
Posted in Guitar Effects,Zvex — anthony @ 9:20 am

Zvex Nano – The World’s Smallest Tube Amplifier

Now this little bad boy looks too good to be true! The Nano is the latest release from Zvex Amps and it totally redefines the possibilities for getting a big sound in the home or professional studio.The Nano is a handmade, hand-painted all tube guitar amplifier delivering one-half watt of crushing power! But seriously, this little powerhouse will surprise you with its apparent volume. The Nano pushes out enough power to drive a 4x12 cabinet (or any 8 to 16 ohm speaker) and according to Zvex it is at least 20db quieter than a 50 watt head. (more...)

November 14, 2008
Posted in Zvex — David @ 11:04 am

Zvex Box of Rock Distortion Pedal

The Box of Rock (TM) is Z.Vex Effect's first "distortion" pedal, highly specialized to simulate the "everything on 10" sound of a classic Marshall ® JTM45 non-master-volume amplifier. You may use the Box of Rock effectively with many different amplifiers, but to get the sound I heard when I designed it, try it through a 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. You will notice the words "distortron engine" on the Vexter version of this pedal (no, that's not a misprint) on the pedal. This is what I named my distortion circuit... call me crazy. On the hand-painted version, the stomp switch on the right is labeled "ROCK" instead, because our paint brushes are too wide for so many small letters. (more...)

November 12, 2008
Posted in Guitar Effects,Zvex — David @ 6:51 pm

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