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Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Recaptures sought-after vintage and modern sounds in a powerful, versatile, and extremely musical pedal design.

Drawing on Joe Satrianis knowledge accumulated from decades of groundbreaking performances, both live and in the studio, VOX unveils a breakthrough in guitar tone in The Satchurator distortion pedal. Designed to Satrianis exact specification, the Satchurator produces Satrianis signature tone and adds features and improvements never before combined in a distortion pedal.
After almost a year of painstaking experimentation and road testing, Satriani and the VOX R&D team discovered the secrets to capturing the ultimate distortion tone in a modern-day effects pedal. The Vox Satchurator is capable of very high gain levels, but operates more quietly and musically than many other modern distortion pedals. It also preserves the tone and pick attack regardless of style, while providing distortions from subtly distorted blues tones through classic rock and shred.
"The Satchurator is the most musical, most dynamic, multi-function distortion pedal I've ever played through" says Satriani. "This little red box is a monster tone generator. Following my specifications without compromise, and adding design innovations I never thought possible, the VOX team has delivered exactly what I need for the stage and studio—a distortion pedal that responds to my touch, and produces a big, natural, harmonically rich tone compatible with any guitar/pedal/amp configuration."

FEATURES
  • Analog distortion pedal designed under the complete supervision of Joe Satriani
  • Controls for Gain, Tone and Volume
  • 'More' gain boost switch enables two footswitchable distortion sounds in one pedal. This gain boost is dramatic when gain knob is set low, and is a subtle solo boost when gain knob is set to maximum.
  • 'Pad' switch pads down input to allow for high gain pedals (such as modern wahs) placed before Satchurator. Up is pad 'ON'. Down is pad 'OFF' for full Satchurator effect.
  • High gain, low noise design provides vintage to modern distortion sounds
  • Dynamic circuit is highly responsive to rolling off the guitar's volume and preserves the guitar's high end when the volume is rolled off.

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SPECIFICATIONS

Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

  • Controls: Gain, Tone, Volume, On/Off Switch, 'More' Switch, Pad Switch
  • In/Outputs: 1/4" Input, 1/4" Output
  • Dimensions: 143(W) x 121(D) x 57.5(H)mm/5.63" (W) x 4.76"(D) x 14.61"(H)
  • Weight: 600g (excluding batteries)/1.32 lbs.
  • Power: One 9V Battery (included) or AC adapter (not included)
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VoxJoe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 73 reviews)

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    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Pedal but with a Learning Curve

This write up is meant for beginners or those who have found themselves having problems finding a way set this pedal up. More experienced players, pro musicians, or those who've already found success...Read complete review

This write up is meant for beginners or those who have found themselves having problems finding a way set this pedal up. More experienced players, pro musicians, or those who've already found success with it may find all of this a little basic and probably humorous.

I've owned this pedal for 3 years, I've read the reviews and can vouch for the positive stuff and also relate to the frustration some people posted. IMO the negative posts result from mistakes made by the user in set up or application. It also seems that in general players who are only experienced with modeling amps or those getting into pedals for the first time are the most frustrated. I will also admit that I made all of these mistakes myself before finally getting it right, or at least mostly right. Here's a short list of Do's and Don'ts.

Don't:
1. Think you can really buy Joe's sound in a box. This is a JUST a distortion box (albeit an exceptional one) and it's only one small part of the end sound that most of us are going for.

2. Don't plug it into a modeling amp. Many people have tried and noted that it sounds terrible. It does. I plugged it into my Peavey Viper 75 and it sounded like about 17 angry cats in a 75 watt tin box. Beginner's mistake. Modeling amps don't need or want pedals and are actually designed to avoid them. Sadly most sales people will not steer you out of a purchase so don't feel bad if you find yourself in this situation - you're not the first and you won't be the last.

3. Don't run it into a high gain channel on a standard tube or solid state amp, UNLESS you're dialing the amp gain way back. Distortion pedal + high gain channel = sonic gumbo.

4. Don't run the "tone" knob too high. This was probably the second biggest mistake I kept making. The most common advice we get regarding any kind of knob is "start at 12". IMO the 12 o'clock position is already way too high. Try it around 9 or 10. I don't know why they built so much top end into it - guess it's there if you ever needed to play Eruption on a 5 string bass. Seriously it's got a ridiculous amount of top end, but it dials out easy enough.

The "DO's":
1. Partner it with the right amp. If you only own a modeling amp you're faced with 2 choices. Go get a traditional ("non modeling") amp or return the pedal. Disclaimer: Since this would probably result in you having only the amp and "saturator", you'll quickly realize you need more pedals....so I recommend hanging onto your modeling amp while you build your pedal collection over time. Seems this is pretty much how everyone's pedal journey begins.

2. When searching for setting's start by setting your amp EQ to flat 12 o'clock positions. Ensure any other EQs you might have are likewise.

3. Start with the tone knob at about 9 o'clock (relatively low).

4. Try a clean channel first, then experiment with different channels or levels of gain on the amp - start low and go from there. You'll find tons of cool sounds doing that.

5. Try an overdrive pedal IN FRONT of this pedal. It works great.

6. To thicken up the end result you'll want to try a chorus or a delay.

My amps:
Blackstar HT-5 combo or Orange Dark Terror
I run them into an Orange 2x12 cab with Celestion V30s.

Signal path:
Wah - Overdrive - Saturator into the front of the amp. Chorus - Delay - Reverb - Looper into the amps effects loop.

The Dark Terror is a high gain single channel amp, but with the gain dialed between 1/4 and 1/3, and the volume dialed up it takes the Saturator pedal very well. It's really brilliant with the HT-5 on both channels. If you plan on searching for a new amp I'd recommend a two channel one.

I'd classify myself as a "dedicated hobbyist/enthusiast" who loves music, sound and guitar noise. This set up works great for the house. I'm happy to leave the stage to the many talented pros and sit out in the audience for the show.

With a lot of patience and experimentation I found what I was going for with this pedal and a whole lot more. It's a great piece of gear once you get thru the learning curve of how to set it up.

Good luck and hope this helps.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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Well I just returned mine sadly, because as much as I wanted to love this pedal, it just didn't quite work out for me. I love the shiny red box with the boutique...Read complete review

Well I just returned mine sadly, because as much as I wanted to love this pedal, it just didn't quite work out for me. I love the shiny red box with the boutique vibe, but to tell you the truth it is a bit hyped up. Overall the pedal sounds good/great by itself, but there is a lack of volume and a lack of mids. When playing with a band (live bass and drums) the sound just dissappears, and although you can probably solve this with an EQ pedal, it kinda misses the point, doesn't it? So I guess as with most gear, try before buying (if possible), because although it's easy to get obsessed with a piece of gear such as this, it's not going to work for everybody; so look out! Peace.

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1.0

Weak pedal what happened?

By MasterBlaster

from Carolina

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Pros

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects
    • Not Responsive
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Weak in many ways. More button does little. Lacks mids. I don't understand how this pedal is so bad, I like Vox and Satriani but this pedal is not like either of them. It's actually so bad that proguitarshops video demo is blocking comments!

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    5.0

    Awesome pedal, surprisingly versatile!

    By pigracer

    from western mass

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile
    • Well Built

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I was looking for an all in one distortion pedal that would get me from light crunch to hi-gain. This fit the bill and does not disappoint. I played through a black star 1HTR practice amp both direct and using the speaker. I played through the same amp into an extension cab. I played it through a 79 Marshall with a 1960a cab. It sounds great through all of them. Surprising amount of control over tone with just the volume knob on the guitar. I tried several guitars from a telly to a modern emg equipped Jackson. Good response and feel with both active and passive. Great way to get a plexi type tone from a small practice amp but where this pedal really shines is hi-gain Sathurated!!! if you want that scooped Satriani tone this is the pedal for you. Dial back the gain some and its really warm through a tube amp with good frequency response and "feel" Very good build quality and pleasant looking to boot. This will be the go to pedal on my board for a while I think. Go buy it you will not be disappointed.

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      5.0

      It's very good

      By ronster

      from fl

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I believe others have covered all aspects well, but I personally like this unit and believe Joe and Vox did a very nice job to bring this design to production. If you keep the setup simple, this pedal and a delay for instance, it has a sound you cannot ignore, and it produces a sonic scape that provides interesting musical dynamics and distortion that is responsive to volume changes on your guitar. To have a product in the mainstream offered for the price is a great value.
      I have played and experimented with effects for years and it's rare to find an effect that requires almost no 'tweeking' to get it right. I should add I use tube amp.

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      5.0

      I love this pedal

      By LB

      from usa

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile
      • Very Versatile Distortion

      Cons

      • None Sounds Awesome

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I love this pedal it's like adding another gain stage to my classic 30. The more switch adds just what it say's More. You can't go wrong best distortion pedal I've ever used and I've used alot of them.

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      (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Pedal but with a Learning Curve

      By SixString70

      from Washington

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile
      • Wide Range Of Distortion

      Cons

      • Learning Curve

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This write up is meant for beginners or those who have found themselves having problems finding a way set this pedal up. More experienced players, pro musicians, or those who've already found success with it may find all of this a little basic and probably humorous.

      I've owned this pedal for 3 years, I've read the reviews and can vouch for the positive stuff and also relate to the frustration some people posted. IMO the negative posts result from mistakes made by the user in set up or application. It also seems that in general players who are only experienced with modeling amps or those getting into pedals for the first time are the most frustrated. I will also admit that I made all of these mistakes myself before finally getting it right, or at least mostly right. Here's a short list of Do's and Don'ts.

      Don't:
      1. Think you can really buy Joe's sound in a box. This is a JUST a distortion box (albeit an exceptional one) and it's only one small part of the end sound that most of us are going for.

      2. Don't plug it into a modeling amp. Many people have tried and noted that it sounds terrible. It does. I plugged it into my Peavey Viper 75 and it sounded like about 17 angry cats in a 75 watt tin box. Beginner's mistake. Modeling amps don't need or want pedals and are actually designed to avoid them. Sadly most sales people will not steer you out of a purchase so don't feel bad if you find yourself in this situation - you're not the first and you won't be the last.

      3. Don't run it into a high gain channel on a standard tube or solid state amp, UNLESS you're dialing the amp gain way back. Distortion pedal + high gain channel = sonic gumbo.

      4. Don't run the "tone" knob too high. This was probably the second biggest mistake I kept making. The most common advice we get regarding any kind of knob is "start at 12". IMO the 12 o'clock position is already way too high. Try it around 9 or 10. I don't know why they built so much top end into it - guess it's there if you ever needed to play Eruption on a 5 string bass. Seriously it's got a ridiculous amount of top end, but it dials out easy enough.

      The "DO's":
      1. Partner it with the right amp. If you only own a modeling amp you're faced with 2 choices. Go get a traditional ("non modeling") amp or return the pedal. Disclaimer: Since this would probably result in you having only the amp and "saturator", you'll quickly realize you need more pedals....so I recommend hanging onto your modeling amp while you build your pedal collection over time. Seems this is pretty much how everyone's pedal journey begins.

      2. When searching for setting's start by setting your amp EQ to flat 12 o'clock positions. Ensure any other EQs you might have are likewise.

      3. Start with the tone knob at about 9 o'clock (relatively low).

      4. Try a clean channel first, then experiment with different channels or levels of gain on the amp - start low and go from there. You'll find tons of cool sounds doing that.

      5. Try an overdrive pedal IN FRONT of this pedal. It works great.

      6. To thicken up the end result you'll want to try a chorus or a delay.

      My amps:
      Blackstar HT-5 combo or Orange Dark Terror
      I run them into an Orange 2x12 cab with Celestion V30s.

      Signal path:
      Wah - Overdrive - Saturator into the front of the amp. Chorus - Delay - Reverb - Looper into the amps effects loop.

      The Dark Terror is a high gain single channel amp, but with the gain dialed between 1/4 and 1/3, and the volume dialed up it takes the Saturator pedal very well. It's really brilliant with the HT-5 on both channels. If you plan on searching for a new amp I'd recommend a two channel one.

      I'd classify myself as a "dedicated hobbyist/enthusiast" who loves music, sound and guitar noise. This set up works great for the house. I'm happy to leave the stage to the many talented pros and sit out in the audience for the show.

      With a lot of patience and experimentation I found what I was going for with this pedal and a whole lot more. It's a great piece of gear once you get thru the learning curve of how to set it up.

      Good luck and hope this helps.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best I own

      By 67Daygo

      from Just south of Memphis Tenn.

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Great Tone

      Cons

      • Can't Find Any

      Best Uses

      • Classic Rock Tones

      Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I use this stomp box for all of my classic rock tones..I have a lot of the other name brands and this is a great addition to my board!

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      4.0

      Warm versatile and responsive

      By Dean Bibb

      from Beckley WV

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Quiet
      • Responsive
      • Versatile
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

      • Larger Than Most Pedala

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • As Two Separate Drives
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      The Satchurator's 'More' switch is the wild card in an already stacked deck. You can dial in any amount of gain, even max it out, and 'More' will give yoi more. It's really great with the gain around 10:00-1:00, as one 'channel' and then kick in 'More' for an explosive high gain 'channel'.
      It's also relatively quiet as compared to other pedals even when maxed out. I have a MIJ Boss DS-1 that sounds awesome and it's much noisier than this Vox pedal.
      The tone control is very flexablr as well and allows note articulation and picking dynamics to shine. This isn't a smear of distortion it's a palette of beautiful colors to create beautiful art with.
      The control layout is good, not cramped together where you are kicking knobs instead of switches. However, this is because the Satchurator is larger than most pedals meaning you may have to rearrange your pedalboard to make it fit.

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Disappointed

      Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I was so looking forward to the Satchurator when it came out. I play in a popular cover band every weekend where we go from disco to metal all in the the night so pedals are important to me. The idea behind the Satchurator is well conceived, especially the More feature, but it is poorly executed.

      The biggest problem as others have noted is that the tone knob is useless beyond 11:00 o'clock. Even Satriani keeps it between 9 or 10.

      The other issue is that the pedal simply does not sound good with all amps. When I use it with my Peavey Triple XXX on the clean channel it does sound good. It I use it on my Marshall DSL-100 or my Marshall TSL 122 it really sounds thin and fizzy no matter how I dial in the amps. And these are both quality tube amps.

      When used with my Vox 100vt or any solid state/modeling amp the sound is horrible. As others have mentioned, it apparently is not designed for these types of amps. The type of guitar you use makes a difference in sound quality too. Strats sound thin and fizzy.

      I do however absolutely LOVE the Ice 9 Overdrive. Great pedal regardless of which amp I use or which guitar. However it is an overdrive pedal not a distortion pedal.
      It would have been nice to see a dual tone control. One to control the ridiculus amount of treble and one to add bass.
      Battery compartment cover keeps falling off. Paint is very thin and chips way to easily.
      A bit on the expensive side when you consider you can buy 2 Boss DS-1's for the price of the Satchurator and they are practically the same unit when you hear them side by side.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet warm sound

      By Chris Wood

      from Atlanta

      Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is a great pedal for the money, you get that full classic stack sound without spending thousands on a classic stack.
      I bought this pedal to warm up my sound, and that is exactly what it has done for me. I especially like the extra punch I get from kicking on the more button. This is no one trick pony either. You can dial up several distinct distortion sounds. This is my go to pedal when I want that classic distorted sound that still lets the sound of my guitar shine through.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really Open Sound

      Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I use this in front of a PV XXX head. I love the XXX tone, but I needed a "low gain" channel.This pedal has alot of gain versatility, if not alot of tonal versatility (by itself.) It sounds amazing across the whole range of gain sweep. Low gain settings are great for open rock/blues rhythm tones. High gain tones are actually quite similar to the XXX, except more open in the mids. There is more touch sensitivity and less compression. The tones could be from the same amp. The Satchurator on high gain sounds like the XXX ultra channel, except without (an imaginary) "fat" switch engaged. That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but it is. Imagine a more touch sensitive and articulate PV ultra.I keep this set with the gain low for a mild breakup cleanish tone. Can use the "more" to get a more rockin tone, and then switch over the the amp channels for more gain. Of course I also use the satchurator on high gain when doing satch covers.

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