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Box of Rock | Drip Guitar | Fuzz Factory | Fuzz Probe | Imp Amp | Jonny Octave | Lo-Fi Loop Junky | Machine | Nano Head | Octane | Ooh Wah 2 | Power Plates | RINGTONE | Seek Trem | Seek Wah | Super Duper 2-in-1 | Super Hard On | Tremolo Probe | Volume Probe | Wah Probe| Woolly Mammoth |

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Z.Vex makes some of the most unique and interesting effects ever made. They are hand made and painted in Minneapolis, MN by Zachary Vex and his analog elves. They have been reviewed in Vintage Guitar magazine 1/97, Guitar World 5 and 12/97, Keyboard 12/97, Guitar Player 5,6 and 11/97, Guitar Shop 5/97, and Harmony central reviews. Now you should GET ONE! before economics could force Zachary to have them mass produced and they would lose their soul. All have super low current flow (battery lasts forever, at least a few years), hand built and painted (cool graphics!), and major MOJO. The circuit boards are machine milled rather than chemically etched, eliminating any pollutants in that process. The Ozone layer thanks Z.Vex!

Box of Rock

Box of Rock Box of Rock

Available in Hand Painted USA made, or Vexter versions.

This pedal has two effects in one box, a clean boost and a distortion circuit. Both versions have LEDs and a power jack.

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.

The Box of Rock also contains an extremely high-headroom, unity-to-50X gain booster with nominal input impedance and low hiss. It is very similar to the SHO boost circuit, with refinements to make it sound more like a standard amp input and less glassy. The boost channel can be used alone or in conjunction with the "distortron engine" channel. The boost channel follows the distortion channel so that the distortion is able to hit your amp harder (at a higher volume) when both switches are engaged, for boosting solos and what-not.

For more info and video and audio samples: Box Of Rock and Vexter Box Of Rock

For a .pdf version of the Box of Rock instruction sheet:

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Fuzz Factory

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This is the flagship Z. Vex pedal, a five-knob wonder that often expresses itself whether you are playing or not. It can be set to oscillate at any pitch, and depending on your guitar's volume control (which becomes a mix control) will intermodulate with your guitar's signal to form "partially tuned" radio effects. It can squeeze the tone of the fuzz to a velcro-like rip or sustain for days.

This 5 knob wonder is much more than a fuzz pedal. It can generate it's own tones with crazy self-oscillations that have to be heard to be believed. These are so cool that Billy Gibbons BOUGHT a dozen to give away as Christmas presents.

This fuzz uses 2 hand selected germanium transistors, but is not a copy of any other fuzz. This pedal can get extreme distortion tones with complex, rich-sounding harmonics with excellent clarity. The fuzz sounds can be used for both leads and chords. At certain settings you can get theremin-like howls and screams!
The 5 knobs are labeled but each one controls a multitude of possible combinations of sounds.

VOLUME : Output level. Careful! This pedal is WAY LOUD even at 1/4 of the way up.

GATE : Squelches noise after end of sustain. Turn up to eliminate squeals, hiss and buzz, (but that's the fun of the pedal) or use to tune in the exact feedback pitch.

COMPRESS : adds attack characteristic when turned to the left, softer to the right, and suddenly pinches tone when all the way to the right. Also use to tune-in fat, feedbacky fuzz.

DRIVE : Increases distortion when used as a "normal" fuzz, or adjusts feedback pitch and tonal thickness.

STABILITY : Use to control feedback pitch also. Keep it up most of the way normally or fuzz gets softer.

Sample settings of Hi Compression fuzz, Smooth fuzz, Velcro fuzz, Cleanish hi octave intermodulation, and radio fuzz are included in the manual.

WARNING : Many settings on this pedal squeal. But that is my favorite use of the pedal! Your volume and tone controls on the guitar along with the notes on the guitar can change the feedback squeals for interactive crazyness.

Purchased and used by David Sylvian, Robert Fripp, Semi Sonic, David Torn, Lloyd Cole, Silverchair, Billy F. Gibbons and more.

Since 2005 these come with LED and power jack!

More info on the Fuzz Factory.

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Vexter Fuzz Factory

In late 2004 Z.Vex Effects announced the release of the silkscreened Vexter Series Fuzz Factory. This new model Fuzz Factory has the same sound and parts as the original hand-painted Fuzz Factory, but it's been updated with an on/off LED and a DC power jack that works with Boss-type 9VDC adaptors.

Jason Myrold designed the silkscreen artwork, black and green over a hand-polished, lacquered aluminium enclosure. The Vexter Series Fuzz Factory is exactly the same as the hand-painted series in sound and function, but because it is not hand-painted, the company is able to offer it at a moderately reduced price to their dealers.

Features of the Vexter Fuzz Factory:

More info on the Vexter Fuzz Factory.

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Here is a cheap Boss drum machine through a fuzz factory. I tried this by mistake and it sounded so cool I had to record it. Fuzz Factory sound (one bar with fuzz off, one bar ON)


Old Octane

The most pronounced OCTAVIA fuzz/octave effect made. Unlike most octave pedals this one can be used for some chords too. This pedal can also get some ear-splitting shrieks if you dial them in, and has somewhat of a ring modulation sound.
There are 3 knobs of control :

IN : Input (drive) level. Use enough for the amount of drive you want, without adding more noise than desired.

OUT : Output level.

TONE : Turn up for mid scoop tone, down for more mids.


10/26/01: THEY ARE BACK!!!!

New Octane 3

Due to popular demand the OCTANE-3 has come back! Has a real printed circuit board, LED, and still that great wacky octave fuzz sound.

From Zachary Vex:

I give to you the re-release of the Octane (tm), my very first pedal creation from 6 years ago, with LED on/off indicator, true-bypass, and the same cruel audio circuit and sound as the original madcap pedal. It's now called the Octane 3, because I burned out the Octane 2 name on a quick re-release immediately after I stopped making the original Octane about 4 years ago. Don't ask.

This pedal is an octave-up generator with massive fuzz and mid-cut filter (turn the tone knob to the right to see what I mean.) They say that the Octane 3 makes a guitar player seem sexier. I don't know who this "they" is, but they're right, as usual.

Setting suggestions would go something like this:

Turn up the input quite a bit, but turn it down a smidge if it helps during the silent parts of your playing.

Turn the tone control all the way to the right to start, and back it off to help cut through the band if necessary.

Turn the output level to suit.

The new LED on/off indicator hardly draws any power at all, thanks to advances in LED technology.

Enjoy! Zachary Vex

Here is more info on the Octane 3.

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Jonny Octave

New in 2005, in stock!

The Jonny Octave is an octave-up pedal designed to raise the apparent pitch of single notes on your guitar by one or two octaves. The controls are, from left to right, Octave 2 Volume and Octave 1 Volume. The two switches are, from left to right, Octave 1/Octave 2 selector switch and True Bypass switch. There are also trim pots on the inside for gain stage control which are explained in detail in the manual.

Here is a pdf file of detailed info on the pedal.

Here is a movie from the z vex website JONNY OCTAVE MOVIE

Super Hard On

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The Super Hard-On's name gets lots of chuckles but the sound it extracts from a fine vintage guitar and amp certainly elicits amazement. The input impedance of this device is 5 million ohms, which means it lets the guitar pickups coast along effortlessly without dampening the high end like a normal pedal or amp. The SHO (as we fondly call it) can boost like crazy too, naturally saturating a vacuum tube amp. The absolute loudest, shiny-ist, cleanest boost with the highest possible headroom... hey, don't blow up that amp!

This pedal will make your guitar "schwing!". It is a clean pre-amp that has such a super high input impedance (>5 Meg) that your signal will be purer than you have ever heard. Also can get VERY loud to give your amp enhanced overdrive and volume. Your guitar will really project in live situations.
One knob :

CRACKLE OKAY : Volume. Negative feedback control like old 60s recording console inputs which crackled when you adjusted them too. So don't think the pot is noisy if it makes noise when you turn it, the crackle is OK.

Zachary wrote : The super hard-on has an input impedance of 5 million ohms and delivers up to 8.5 volts peak-to-peak, making it the loudest box available with a 9V battery. It uses no bipolar, fet, or op-amp devices, but rather a mosfet switch. Try listening to one turned down low with a strat. When it is on, you can clearly hear the pickup "open up" as the load is taken off by the very high input impedance.

Starting 7/98 made with 2 output jacks, slightly higher price. Starting in mid 2002 they now have an LED, and a bit higher price again.

More info on the Super Hard-On

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A fuzz for fuzzes. If you have distortion as your main sound and you can never get enough, try one of these. It magnificently cuts across the grain of fuzz and distortion tones with a searing, sweeping knife-edge tone. At it's heart is a dual frequency-tripler circuit that creates massive crossover distortion for the first time in a guitar pedal. With the input drive set at about 4:00 (that's o'clock), lead guitar tones sweep like a flanger on sustained parts and scream through any amount of distortion. Very strange and upsetting to the other members of the band. An absolutely awful, terrible pedal that people thank me for all the time.

Pedal users in 1997 are very sophisticated. The conventions of in on the right, out on the left, battery connected when input plug is in place, use this pedal before that one for a certain sound, reverse for another, positive ground, negative ground, pedal switching systems... we're living in a 'been there, done that' pedal world. Most every guitarist is familiar with the limitations of puting one fuzz or distortion into another... losing the detail but perhaps gaining that fun "shutdown" effect as one overloads the other, and the "where's my fuzz?" experience of playing a fuzz into a really dirty amp. Limitations. They increase your creativity but hob-gobble your plan.

Z.Vex designed this new distortion generator, Machine, with some different limitations. Like try playing chords through it. Hmmm. But put it in front of any string of fuzz pedals, and try to make it disappear. Machine is actually a dual frequency-tripler circuit that uses crossover distortion for the first time in any pedal, ever. It generates the distortion of the wave in the sloped part of the cycle, instead of the peaks and valleys like all other distorters and fuzzes. In other words, it distorts when your guitar string is in the middle of vibrating, while it's swinging, not as it's turning around. That's the same place where your speaker cone is sort of coasting, between all the way in and all the way out. Where nothing is happening, this pedal happens. With Machine you can leave your favorite distorting pedals on and still add a new element of energetic grind.

Knobs are Drive, which is drive; Limit, which clips the original waveform off at about the same size as the harmonics (if you want); and Volume, which is output level. If the Limit knob is set to the right, the signal remains unclipped.

You'll notice the dynamic response is higher than most pedals. If you put a tremolo pedal set smooth in front of it you'll hear it sweep through it's wild frequency multiplying stages, or if the trem is set for square wave it will jump back and forth between crunchy harmonics. Conversely, you can get ringing harmonic effects using a dynamically freezing pedal in front of it like a compressor. The biggest drawback to this pedal is that of anything in your arsenal, it's the most likely to get you kicked out of the house by your mom, girlfriend, boyfriend, or wife. Or roommate or Dad. Or Grandma. Even your dog. Whine.

Keep in mind that this pedal needs to see a sloped wave in order to do it's thing, so an undistorted guitar signal going into it will allow it to generate the strongest harmonics.

Low on juice use like other Z.Vex pedals, Machine draws about 3 mA. Freaky, huh? Try the Machine run into a fuzz factory for the ultimate in frizzed out thick fuzz!

More information on the MACHINE (but not much different).

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The Woolly Mammoth Bass Fuzz

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Bass players have never heard such shocking subs from a pedal before. This fuzz will give you the classic 60's/70's artillery-fire tone that you can never get with a regular fuzz on bass. The bottom end stays solid when you kick it in... be careful to remove beer bottles from the amp before you turn it on. A muff-like eq knob lets you tune in exactly how much high end goes through your DI box and the pinch knob mutes any hiss and noise when you stop playing. Guitarists love it too, but once the bass player touches it, it's gone.

...a furry beast, and as you can see, not completely extinct.


Sensitive and touchy, this fuzz has tremendous bottom end a beautiful harmonic structure.

Taming the beast...

The harmonic structure can be altered using the "pinch" knob. This is not a tone control, per se; it actually adjusts the pulse width of the waveform.

In the leftmost position, the wave shape is quite symmetrical which produces a smooth creamy sound.

Turning it clockwise narrows the wave shape into pulses, making the tone reedier and brassier. This also introduces an unusually smooth 'gating' action, which gives you an absolutely eerie silence between notes.

At all settings you will notice that low frequency pressure is preserved. This circuit has a frequency response that continues several octaves below audibility.

Starting 7/98 there is now an EQ knob added for a total of 4 knobs, at a slightly higher price.

The "wool" knob adjusts the amount of fur around the note. The "output" knob is designed for smooth repeatable level settings.

In our continuing effort to be friendly towards the earth, the universe and it's inhabitants; no animals were harmed during the making of this pedal.

Oh, and the circuit ( designed by Chuck Zwicky ) draws less than one-half of a milliampere ( 0.0004 amps, typical ). That is one-hundredth the current consumption of most 'commercial' pedals

Now with power jack and LED!
More info on the Woolly Mammoth.

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This is a sequencing ring mod with a "random" function.

Introduced in March 2006, the Ringtone by Z.Vex Effects is the world's first dedicated sequenced ring modulator for guitar use.

Controls: The controls are as follows: from the upper left, there is a run/step switch to select sequence/random operation or manual stepping operation, a speed control for the sequence/random mode, 8 individual carrier pitch adjustment knobs, the sequence/random stomp switch which doubles as a manual step control, and the true-bypass stomp switch on the right. Also, inside there is a trim-pot adjustment to set the mix of ring-modulated sound versus direct guitar... when shipped from the factory, this is mix is set for pure ring-modulation.

Setup: The way the Ringtone in the setup video on the website is as follows: Set the upper left switch to "S" for step mode. Switch the bypass stomp switch to on, so that ring modulation begins. Turn the first carrier knob (with the illuminated led) to a pitch which matches your first chord or note selection on the guitar and gives a pleasing tone. The pitch of the carrier is lower to the right, with the extreme setting resulting in tremolo-like pulsing. Push the left stomp switch to advance to the next carrier knob and repeat the process until you have prepared all of the carrier knobs to pitches which work with your chord or note progression. For sequenced operation, set the small upper left switch to the left for Run mode, and adjust the speed knob next to it for the proper speed. The left stomp switch selects sequenced or random action in this mode.

Here is a manual for the ringtone and here is a video demo of the ringtone

2007 : The new version we have has TAP TEMPO! The left switch allows entering the sequence speed.

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The Seek Trem

Seek Trem jpg The Seek-Trem is an eight-stage sequencer-controlled tremolo pedal. The controls are, from left to right, 4/8/6 step selector switch, speed (tempo), and 8 sequencer volume controls. All of the controls work in the opposite direction from conventional because the pots are smoother this way. This means you have to turn them to the left to make them louder, or in the case of the speed control, to make it faster. There is also a true-bypass stomp switch which causes the sequencer to HALT and wait at step number 1 until the pedal is turned back on.

More detailed info on the Seek Trem. .

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The Seek Wah

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The Seek-Wah has 8 wah settings that are sequenced one-by-one at a rate determined by the tempo control. The resultant sound is a warbling/stepping wah tone, akin to a tremolo pedal crossed with a wah. The stepping characteristic of the sound is reminiscent of analog sequencer-controlled synth-filters from the seventies. So many knobs, so little time...

The Seek wah has 10 knobs. 1st one chooses between 4, 6, or 8 wah stages. Next one is the speed of the repeating pattern. Then there are 8 knobs for the wah setting of the 8 stages.

It is not an envelope filter or standard auto wah, but you can make it sound like a boss auto wah by knob settings. Each of 8 stages has a knob that you set the position of the WAH, think of it as setting how far the wah wah pedal is pressed down at that stage. The pedal sequences through the selected stages at the selected speed. You can get some cool sample and hold type sounds, or blips, or autowah sounds. I hope to get a manual online soon.

More detailed info on the Seek Wah. . Used by Scott Henderson .

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The Ooh Wah 2

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New in spring '01, the Ooh wah is like the seek wah but has an extra stomp switch for RANDOM stepping of the wah stages! IN 2005 the Ooh Wah 2 was introduced, it starts at the beginning, at step 1, when you turn it on. Zachary wrote about the Ooh Wah:

I make another pedal called a seek-wah, but this new one does everything that one does and more. It has a random/seek stomp switch that lets you jump between the seek-wah sound and this new random mode, which sounds a little like random sample-and-hold driving a bandpass filter. If you don't know what that is... listen to Frank Zappa's "Ship Ahoy" as an example.

I know it may be confusing, but just relax and let the ooh-wah guide your tempo. When you turn it on, it will probably be playing a pattern already. If the lights are all going in a row, that's seek mode... step on the random switch to put it in random mode. Put the leftmost knob in about the middle, and turn a couple of the other eight knobs to the left. There's a little notch in each knob so you can tell it's position, and an LED by each wah control that shows which is active and by it's brightness, the wah setting. Put the tiny switch in the MIDDLE position. That sets it to 8 steps. Strum a chord and let it hang, and listen to the tempo of the unit. Bob your head to the tempo, and strum again... If you want it to be a little faster turn the leftmost knob (speed) to the LEFT, and if you want it to be a little slower turn it to the RIGHT.

Basically, the ooh-wah is sort of a combination of a tremolo and a wah wah pedal. If you're familiar with seventies synths, it's exactly like an analog sequencer/random sample-and-hold controlling a mellow bandpass filter. You have a choice between 4, 6, or 8 steps/channels for your wah. The 6 step positions works well with 6/8 or 3/4 time songs when in seek-mode, and you can control the total number of possible "channels" of wah with that switch in random mode. In seek-mode, the ooh-wah steps through from one wah setting to another and starts over after it gets to the end of the sequence. There's a total of 9 knobs, the leftmost being a speed control, and the other being wah settings, which get brighter when you turn them to the left. You can set up patterns which accentuate notes in arpeggiated chords at particular spots.

Or, you can set the thing to do a sort of tremolo echo in seek-mode, with the knobs set like this: 7:00, 5:00, 8:00, 5:00, 11:00, 5:00, 2:00, 5:00 (these are o'clock positions, not spinal tap 1-11). Then set the speed control for a happy tempo. Another fun setting is to put each knob at a different position and put the pedal in random mode with the random switch. Also, try putting all the knobs in a very narrow range in the middle of the wah sound (about 1 or 2:00) and set the speed pretty fast in random mode... fun burbling sound. Give me enough knobs, and I can control the world. -Z. Vex

Power: 9V dc battery, about 6mA.
Controls: Speed (tempo), eight wah settings for sequencer, eight LED's to indicate which wah setting is in use and it's level, Switch for 4, 6, or 8 total steps, and True Bypass Stomp Switch.

Each pedal is hand painted and each circuit is hand assembled, with no two boxes quite alike.

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The Volume Probe

The new Volume Probe pedal uses a radio antenna which senses the closeness of your foot, to allow volume swells, tremolos, and other effects. Here is some detailed info on the Volume Probe.

No longer available, SORRY! (the tremolo probe is quite similar)

The Tremolo Probe

This is a hopped-up volume pedal with an SHO at it's heart, providing boost, and a copper probe-plate like a Fuzz Probe. As your foot gets closer the volume goes up, but unlike a conventional volume pedal there's no moving parts so you can create instant swells and tremolo effects by tapping your foot on the pedal in time with the band.

The Tremolo Probe is a kind of cross between a theremin volume control and a Super Hard-On. There is a 3-5/8" square copper plate mounted on a chunk of 3/8" clear acrylic that passes over the top of the pedal housing, angles down to sharp turn, and goes back to the pedal. Under the whole mess is a 3 5/8" by 7" sheet of aluminum that provides shielding from annoying ground effects and wires under the stage.

At the he heart of this pedal is a super hard-on circuit combined with a probe controller circuit that I developed for use with the fuzz probe and some other devices not yet released. You can tap on this pedal with your foot to make lovely tremolo sounds that are in perfect time with your foot's movement... so they can be perfectly in time with your performance or the band's tempo changes. You can also use the pedal to make reverse-sounding volume swells or pedal-steel type volume effects.

Here is more info on the Tremolo Probe

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The Fuzz Probe

Fuzz Probe

The big brother to the fuzz factory, this pedal incorporates a theremin-like square antenna made of copper mounted on a thick bent acrylic footpedal to adjust one of the knobs on the fuzz, the stability control. The user can get all the sounds associated with the fuzz factory, plus control parameters such as oscillation and filtering frequency by foot proximity to the pedal. Complete mayhem in a box... it's sexy-looking too.

The Fuzz Probe is a kind of cross between a theremin and a fuzz factory. There is a 3 5/8" copper plate mounted on a chunk of 3/8" clear acrylic that passes over the top of the pedal housing, angles down to sharp turn, and goes back to the pedal. Under the whole mess is a 3 5/8" by 7" sheet of aluminum that provides shielding from annoying ground effects and wires under the stage.

The copper antenna projects a field of RF energy that is affected by your foot (or other appendage), altering the circuit that generates it, an in so doing, increasing the brightness of that LED on the top of the pedal and also controlling the STABILITY (STAB) knob on the back. I could have made it just control that LED, I mean, that's enough for some people, but nooo, I went and connected it to the stability knob too. This lets you select your favorite squealy fuzz factory setting (doesn't the band love that?) and then mess around with the STAB knob with your foot and create little melodies and interference modulations with your guitar (doesn't the band love that even more?).

Here is more info on the fuzz probe and more views (you have to see the side views to actually understand what they look like).

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Wah Probe

A wah-wah like never before... the probe controller is proximity-dependent just like the other probes. The closer you get, the higher the wah frequency. Fast wah-bles, swirly moans, traditional "chew-wah-wah" sounds... and in the studio, try putting it in an effects loop in the board for a hand-controlled beautifully-timed bandpass manipulator. The Wah Probe features a Super Hard-On circuit as well as the wah so you may drive the input of the wah up to a maximum gain of 60, for crunchy loud lead wah sounds, or set it for precisely matched levels between the wahed and bypassed guitar.

New in late 2000, the boosted wah-wah. Zachary wrote this to me when he announced them :

It's got a theremin antenna control like the other probe pedals. The wah gets brighter when you move your foot closer to the pedal. there's also a super hard-on boost built-in that lets you set the exact volume of the wah, so when you kick it in it will match or boost your signal level... or you can crank it and get a really intense overdriven wah sound. the wah tone is the same one from the seek-wah circuit, but there is no sequencer in this new unit.
The lowest wah setting, when you take your foot away, is set using a screwdriver adjustment on the bottom. there are instructions included with the pedal for setting this level. What I like about it is that when you aren't near the pedal, it goes to a setting that I ship them all with, which is a dull sort of rolled-off tone, like a rhythm sound... when you get near the pedal, the resonance kicks in and you can hear all the harmonics climb sweetly as you approach it... i'm really fond of the tone of that wah circuit. I found myself dawdling today and yesterday while preparing the shipments as I tested each pedal and played parts of songs through them and suddenly realized 10 minutes had gone by. having no rocker pedal makes it really easy to do that fast wah stuff you hear really strong players use on 70's records... strumming a chord just as you pull your foot back and then tap the pedal several times in a row makes this really neat "chew-wah-wah-wah" sound. i could never effectively get that "chew" sound of the wah falling just as the pick struck before. I didn't think this pedal would be as fun as it is! another cool thing that's different from regular wahs is that you can waggle your foot as you wah, giving your guitar a swirly sort of rotating wah sound, which you can't get with a rocker pedal. and the boost can get shockingly loud if you want, and really cracks up the wah... it's driving the input of the wah instead of boosting the output, so it makes that single-transistor circuit really go into snappy class-a distortion when you crank up the boost. It makes my plexi marshall absolutely 'splode. i'm sure my neighbors want me to move out immediately... this summer was kind of quiet, but now i have been wah-ing my brains out.

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An amazingly fun USA-made guitar with luscious Holy Grail (R) pickups by Lace-Sensor. The pickguard hides a probe antenna that controls a hidden wah. The push-push bypass switch is the volume control knob... you may quickly switch it mid-song. The pickup tone is bafflingly similar to that of my 1956 Stratocaster but a new construction technique makes them as noise-free as a PAF. Maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, poplar body, 25.5" scale, classic drip shape. The detailing includes metal pickup surrounds, custom machined knobs, fully adjustable saddles, and backpainted clear pickguards. Available in candy-apple red, purple, aqua, blue, and candy-emerald green, all with rainbow sparkle. Pickguards are metallic or glitter with reverse-screened logo. Hand-painted bodies and pickguards are available for an additional $300 or just handpainted pickguards for $100. More internal effects available soon, including upgrades!

No longer available but I have seen some still for sale at shops in NYC, check with Z Vex for possible stock at dealers.



From Zachary:
"Gentlemen/women, start your engines. This pedal is so dangerous that I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of complaint emails that people have blown up their amps using it. So let's just start this off by saying I WARNED YOU TO BE CAREFUL. When using this pedal, start off slow, and monitor your amp for potential damage. Don't have too much fun! OK, have too much fun, but don't blow up your amp in the process. Unless that's what you want, of course, and well, gosh darn it, it's your right. Good ol' Pete Townsend did it. Well, at least he poked his speakers out. All right, I'll try to stay on track here.

Ahem. The SUPER-DUPER 2-IN-1 (TM) has two of my infamous but rather delightful Super Hard-On(TM) pedals in one small box, with two switches and LED indicators. HEY! I responded to your multitude of complaints that I don't put in LED's! Gosh, what's next? Power supply jacks? (As a matter of fact, coming in ROctober '01...) Also, in this SUPER-DUPER 2-IN-1 (TM) (gosh I love saying that) is a Master volume control that lets you use it as an overdrive/distortion with any output volume. My my! How conventional, you say! Well, suffice to say, if it weren't there, you'd go deaf with both of those channels cranked up. This pedal is dangerously loud. Don't do what I did, and lean over in front of your speaker cabinet while turning it up. Ouch. Dang."

This pedal can get excellent distortion and even fuzz by cranking the 2 SHOs and turning down the MASTER volume. very cool...

Here's more info.

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Lo-Fi Loop Junky

From Zachary Vex:

I've made something. You'll have to decide if it's worth it. It took me years of goofing around with this strange analog recorder but I think it's finally finished. I've put my best foot forward to make your guitar sound really special this time. The recorded version of your performance may never sound the same as the original, but sounding the same isnít always the most important part of what effects do.

This is the Lo-Fi Loop Junky. Itís really low fidelity. The recording of your guitar is filled with hiss, moan, distortion and warped-record strangeness, but everyone will be able to tell the loop from your real guitar. Because the processing of your direct guitar is done with my new bootstrap circuit, with the very highest impedance circuit Iíve ever developed (even higher than the super hard-on circuit) your direct guitar will have detail incomparable with anything youíve ever heard. The juxtaposition of your direct guitar against the smashed, distorted, shimmering/warbling recording of the loop mechanism will make it clear once and for all who is the guitarist and what is the machinery.

Iíve always been bothered by digital loopers. Who knows who is you and what is the device? Enter the Lo-Fi Loop Junky. No one will ever question who is who and what is what again.

How does it sound?

Some people compare it to a warped, damaged 45-rpm record. Some say that the compression is immaculate, while some say it destroys any concept of the original dynamic. Some say that the noise is intolerable some say itís as precious as snow in the middle of nowhere. Some people have no taste. Lucky for me, taste is not the issue. I can promise one thing your direct guitar will sound impeccable. I canít promise that the loop will sound good, youíll have to make some adjustments to your concept of good to be sure of that. I can promise that the loop will be different from any sampler youíve heard.

What it does and features it has

The controls:
The buttons:
Vol: loop volume. Gets really loud if you need it.
Tone: cuts noise and distortion. Makes the final sound of the loop rolled off and organ-like if necessary.
Rec: record volume. You can decide how loud to drive the recorder… to overdrive if you like.
Depth: vibrato depth. Adjust for the level of pitch twisting that makes you happy.
Speed: vibrato speed. Adjust for the speed that spins the sound around in a way that fits the music.
On the left: bypass. When you kick this in, the loop starts playing. When you kick it out, you have true-bypass, pure silence, just like all other Z.Vex effects.

On the right: the record switch. Hit this just as you start recording a new loop. Switch it off on the exact same beat when you finish recording your loop. If you’ve made a mistake, quickly hit it twice so you can hear the gentle hiss of nothingness instead of your bad loop. You can defeat this switch with the safety switch located between the two vibrato knobs. You will record silence if you hit the record button while the pedal is true-bypassed.

At the top right: the safety switch. This tiny switch lets you save a favorite loop so you won’t accidentally erase it, no matter what condition you might be in while stumbling over your pedal. Woo-hoo! Yee-haw!

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Power plates (AC adaptors)

In response to overwhelming requests for modifications to Z.Vex pedals for use with A.C. power supplies, we are now offering retrofit plates that you may use with any Z.Vex pedal that allow connection to a standard Boss-type (5.5mm X 2.1mm barrel-type) A.C. power supply.

Some notes:

Remove your original bottom plate, and put it away for safekeeping. Remove the battery from the effect and clip the battery clip from the Power Plate to the battery clip in the effect. Put some tape (electrical tape is best, but anything will do) on the connectors so they don't short against anything inside your pedal. Tuck the power supply filter and the clips into the area where the battery goes and make sure they don't cause anything to break while screwing the plate in place with the original screws. You can angle the umbilical cord in any direction to head toward your power supply. This power supply adapter works well with any type of D.C. power system, even daisy chain, because it contains its own filtering and polarity protection system.

Two different models are available. When ordering, be sure to specify either small or large (probe) type plates.

These small plates will also work with old MXR and some other similar sized pedals!

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