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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.
  • Cream chicken-head knobs for precise positioning and high visibility on dark stages

The sound of Satch - it's a natch. Call or click today to order.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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

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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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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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(25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal but with a Learning Curve

By SixString70

from Washington

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boss DS-1

By Strat Lover-3mUEM

from Mount Vernon

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Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Take a Boss DS- Make it true bypass, change all the components to high quality, MUSH less noisy, change the tone stack, alter the clipping stages for less compression, and add a switch to give that circuit a kick in the balls, and you have the Satchurator. This thing sounds glorious into s COOKING tube amp. If you expect this to turn your clean Fender into a Marshall stack, it will not do the job. Diode based distortions never have, and have never tried to. To push your amp over the edge, this thing is it though. Keep the tone low though, it is very finnicky (just like it's DS-1 platform).

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible

By Jacob Wuttke

from Wisconsin

Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Overall, I would recommend this pedal to anybody that is serious about tone, no buzz, and good distortion. I'm not sure if it has a true bypass, but it sure acts like it. There is never a buzz in the pedal. Also, it is so user friendly that even if you don't know how to set a pedal correctly, you will get a good sound out of it. Any setting on the pedal is good, whether you like cranking gain or playing with a heavy overdrive. This pedal has it all.
This pedal gives you Satriani's tone in a box. I play an Epiphone Les Paul through a Crate V18 and this pedal is OUTSTANDING. Any solid body guitar with decent pickups through a tube amp will make this pedal sound amazing. The tone knob is similar to a wah pedal. All the way down, it has a great, low, bassy rhythm tone. At half you can get away with a rhythm or lead sound. and all the way up will give you a "Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing" type sound or "Up In the Sky" or even some "Satch Boogie" tone. The gain knob is also fantastic. At a low setting it has a close to British rock type sound. At a middle setting it's a heavy rhythm tone. All the way up, the harmonics are beautiful. If you play a knot past the 12th fret on the high strings and hold it for a few seconds, the note will automatically jump an octave up because of the gain. What's nice is that the gain is controlled and not buzzy or overpowering. The high gain makes good for doing improv pinch harmonics, which Satriani uses a lot to get a classic rock type sound. Then theres the "More" button...what every pedal should have. This pedal kicks in EXTRA gain to give a heartwarming yet complete rock tone. It sounds SPECTACULAR with any hard rock music. The Satchurator also has a pad switch, so if you're pedals don't cooperate with the Satchurator, you just switch the pad. It's a good thing to use with a wah pedal or other high output pedals. The LED's are very bright for knowing that the pedal is on. The footswitches themselves are easy to click. Also, it has Satriani's signature on the back of the pedal, which makes it worth buying.
The quality of the pedal is great. The only problem I had was scratches on the pedal from being on my pedalboard with other pedals. The paint seems a little thin in the sense that my slide and whammy bar fell on the pedal and made a scratch. Other than that, the pedal is pretty light weight, the knobs are easy to use, foot switches are easy to click, and theres a easily accessible 9 volt adaptor. Everything was weighed, placed, and set up perfectly on this pedal.
Being a young guitarist working at a job that pays minimum wage, It is a little pricey. But for the quality and effects this pedal holds, the extra money is WELL worth paying rather than buying a BOSS or MXR pedal.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disappointed

By Fred Johnson

from California

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

came across.

By John M.

from Canada.

Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This is one of the best distortion pedal i came across. This pedal is worth every penny, goes well with any amp and the more switch is brilliant, boosts the gain a lot. This pedal is great for any sort of genre from blues to rock to metal anything can be done with the SATCHURATOR. It sounds awesome and looks like a boutique pedal with the red paint just like on Joe Satriani's guitar.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BAD MOTHERTRUCKER

By motherlover101

from Dothan , Alabama

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Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

My search for a rich, full distortion has ended. This little red box is the WHOLE package. I plugged in w/ my Les Paul through my 100 watt Marshall, and was I tone HEAVEN! The highs were high, and the lows were LOOOOW. I especially like the that I can engage the PAD switch, to keep the Morley Wah I run in front of it, sounding full and not watered down like most gain boxes. Bottom line for the price it's a steal, and it looks cool too. BUY THIS PEDAL!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Beware of Style

By CJfromDFAF

from Champaign, IL

Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I run an Epiphone G-400 into a Crate BX200 bass head and an Ampeg 4x12 guitar cab. Unorthodox set up I know, but it gives me something unique.Because I'm running through a bass head, I needed distortion. So my friend lent the VOX Satchurator to me.Maybe it's because of the style, or maybe it's my weird set up. Either way it didn't work for me, at all.The tone knob was the only way to adjust the lows and highs, and even with the 9-band EQ on my head, I couldn't get the tone to do right. The higher the tone knob the sharper the tone, the lower the knob the deeper the tone. But I couldn't find a mid point to satisfy me.Now as far as matching Satch's virtuoso style of playing, it's perfect, but I'm in a metal band so it didn't work for me at all.So if you play that virtuoso kinda stuff, it may work. If you're like me though, you may want to turn elsewhere.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Has its place on my board.

By Experiment, experience, and express music!

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

If you need a pedal to push your clean channel to crazy metal distortion, this is not what your looking for. You can however expect a great vintage tone shaping tool. Single sting response is very smooth with a nice break up on demand at your finger tips. The controls do exactly what they say they do with decent sensitivity. I do have to admit the pedal volume can choke your sound if it's not cranked. I play it with two different set ups. The following is important to what I am hearing vs. what you may hear: My reg. rig running 12AX7A (Ruby Tube) 12AX7C (Tung Sol) final 12AX7B (Bugera), Powered by 4x EL34's. Valveking 4x12 cab. Main pick-up SH2 Jazz. Clean channel with the Satch pedal is very smooth. Very similar sound to my amps crunch channel (I think thats why I like this pedal so much). The other rig: Blackheart 5 watt 12AX7A (Ruby Tube) 1x EL84 power tube. Open back cab w/Celestion green back 1x12 (same pick up). This is where the pedal really shines. Very smooth sound. More like Santana than Satch (IMO). The more switch isn't really for me but I can see where some may like it. Throw a delay pedal after the satch and wow, have some fun!! Responds very well to guitar volume control! I have not played it with a solid state amp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

to follow up

By stratosaurus

from N Dallas TX

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Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Again, this is not a metal dist pedal so do not compare or attempt to use it for that and complain about as one sees elsewhere. Also one sees a constant deal with comparing overdrive pedals like the OCD with dist pedals, while the OCD gains up pretty good the OCD is still a drive not a high gainer. If you want all out articulate gain look up Wampler's Pinnacle or the best overdrive go w the new Vox JS ICE 9. I tend to run three pedals a high gainer for more metal, the Satchurator, and the ICE 9, covers all the bases. The tone and gain on this pedal are really great for the "shred" type fusion playing by, of course Joe, or Vai and others. You can do rock chords and great gains in that arena but do not expect a pure metal chugga, chugga, dist here. Sounds great through a clean channel or lightly warm channel. Some players somehow think they can run a gain box like this into an already gained up tube channel, just does not work, use an OD for that. You can have the ICE 9 on in front of this and it works but I cannot say you need both, it just won't kill your tone as you try to switch from one to the other. The ICE 9 is a killer OD does everything for any use a drive can do and does it w better feel and touch. All the Vox Satriani pedals are just top notch, pick them up before they start cranking the prices. I plan to get another set of them and keep them boxed for later times. The Satchurator is a great gain box if you use it for what it was designed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Overdriver-w4FfD

from upstate, NY

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Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

When I first got this the wait was relieved. I opened up the shipping box and found this black box of magic, with the title "vox" on the top. The wait was finally over. I opened it up to see an outstanding design matching Joe's JS1200 (Candy Apple) Paint. It's a solid pedal, it could take a beating. I wouldn't suggest it though, I put this thing bad boy back in it's box when I'm done everytime.The sound is amazing, although if your amp cots less than the pedal (which is why people are complaining about bad quality) it won't sound too clear. It gives you a rich distorted tone, without getting muddy. You can play chords and still hear each note. It takes some tinkering to get the exact Joe sound but it's worth it. It's so nice, harmonics scream out of it. Of course Joe had to throw something original and extra into it, by adding a "more" button, which makes solos more enjoyable. It's fun being able to adjust the amount of distortion with a simple button without having to use more than one pedal. This is a collectable, if you're a Satch fan, it's a must buy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!!

By Kristopher

from Las Vegas

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Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Alright, I must admit...I'm not a huge Satriani fan, but...I do appreciate everything he has done in inspiring guitarists and pushing the boundaries of guitar. Now...to the Satchurator!I am a DS-1 fanatic and have played almost every single interpretation, modification, and homage to the notorious orange box...and I believe this once trumps the rest. This is perhaps one of the most musical pedals I have ever played and I can't wait to play the rest of Satriani's line! This pedal is absolutely inspiring!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Review

By piloto117

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent distortion! Excellent value!

By DDR

from Tucson, AZ

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Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I was one of the first people to get one of these from Musician's Friend but waited quite some time to write a review. I've owned many boutique distortion units and this unit will be replacing 5 boutique or modified Boss and Ibanez effects.I have not experienced the complaints about volume issues or muddy sound - in fact just the opposite! I've found this to pedal to be very clear and articulate, plenty loud and capable of cleaning up fairly well when the guitar volume is reduced.The only thing that I can say is that this is definitely not on overdrive unit - it'll sound full on death metal down to moderately heavy, but I ordered a Vox Big Ben for an overdrive and will either use that or a modified Boss Blues Driver and ditch 5 other units!The quality of sound, range of sounds and low price make this a must buy pedal IMHO.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Satchurator

By mmcphers25

from HI

Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Don't be Fooled by all the positive reviews, try out this pedal before you purchase this. The output is extremely low for a distortion pedal, Which means no volume!!!! The distortion range is good from bluesy overdrive to a heavy crunch, however the tone knob only sounds good in a certain setting. The More button is pretty much worthless as the db boost is practically unnoticeable. Also the pad switch is worthless as well, probably made to pair with other Satriani VOX products. Overall I don't recommend this pedal!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 stars for all Vox JS pedals!!!

By stratosaurus

from N Dallas TX

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Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have run this pedal through the paces with all manner of guitar pickups and boxes in front or after it. I find it has more artifacts and little colors in the dist voice w my dual rail singles or my fullsize HBs but it still sounds fine w my lower ohm std singles. This is not an intense wash metal distortion but it is a great quality dist for heavy fusion and rock. I changed my mind about using an OD before it, it screws up the dynamic response of this pedal, you do not and should not drive the front end. Let your pickups bring the tone and the pedal will respond. Use the pad switch for a wah in front. Great pedal. I am off the deep end over these VOX JS pedals and I hope by the end of the month to have them ALL including the NEW ICE OD. They are as good as pedals get, PERIOD.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this pedal

By LB

from IL

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best I own

By Daygo

from North Mississippi

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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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vox satchurator

By Jonahzee

from Atlanta Ga

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Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

First and foremost: WARNING...DO NOT BUY THIS IS YOU ARE PLAYING THROUGH A MODELING AMP. No matter what the settings are, your sound will always have too much gain and treble. Unless this is the sound you're going for, please do not buy this pedal and rate it all "1's in a review. Anyways, when played through a tube amp, the tones you can get are easily Satriani, and if the eq is dialed in right, it can do metal amazingly. Max out the gain, with the tone knob at the center, and adjust the volume to your likings. It's the setting that The Satch himself uses =D For more bluesy tones, roll off the gain, and put on the 'more' switch when it's time for a solo. the results are stunning! For even more of a gain boost effect, roll off the guitar's volume too, and stun everyone when it comes to your solo!

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2.0

Not what I hoped for

By Disappointed-HeMue

from New York City

Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I was looking for a pedal that would provide different tones for many styles of music. Too much to ask? Maybe. I found the Satchurator to be great for shredding but when it came to playing on the lower strings, there was no low end, and no guts when hitting cords. The obvious solution was to turn down the tone control but I found the sound to get really muddy. Even on low gains it seemed to have a Line 6 style digital hiss in the background, although it is an analog pedal. This pedal is quiet and very good quality. It did not offer anything near the tonal spectrum that the description claims. I rarely return anything but I returned the Satch.

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3.0

not the best distortion pedal...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal was actually designed from satch's new album profesor satchafunkilus, and not his earlier work, like surfing with an alien, flying through a blue dream, etc... that was all done on a processor. Playing this was really great until I played some low string chords. The chords are quite bad. They are muddy and have no full sound to them. But you can rip right through a solo and it will sound amazing. If you listen to satch"S new album you'll realize that most everything is awesome solos, not chord progessions. Also this pedal will weaken other pedals as well. I play with a crybaby before this and I use it a lot, and it has little feel to it when the satchurator is one.It is a good pedal, but it is overated and you can find better quality with boss or something like that.

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