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ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Overview
  • Drive, Tone, Volume, and Boost controls give you easy control over your distortion
  • Silkscreened model allows for a few visual tweaks
  • Gives you great classic amp tone through any sort of amplifier
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Clean boost and a distortion circuit—like 2 effects in 1 box.

The Vexter Box of Rock is a silkscreened version of ZVex's first distortion pedal, highly specialized to simulate the "everything on 10" sound of a classic Marshall amplifier. Use your guitar's volume control to adjust the amount of distortion you need, all the way down to very clean and clear with most drive settings. The silkscreened ZVex Box has one "Distortron Engine" stomp switch—that's no typo, but what Mr. Vex himself calls his distortion circuit. The Box of Rock also contains an extremely high-headroom, unity-to-50X gain booster with nominal input impedance and low hiss.

Features
  • Drive, Tone, Volume, and Boost controls give you easy control over your distortion
  • Silkscreened model allows for a few visual tweaks
  • Gives you great classic amp tone through any sort of amplifier

Order the Vexter Box of Rock now—it's like getting 2 effects in one.

 
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ZVexVexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (4)
    • Professional recording (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome Distortion!

    I just recieved this pedal a few days ago, and I am very impressed. Almost immediately I was suprised by its small size, it makes my boss pedals look big! So that was...Read complete review

    I just recieved this pedal a few days ago, and I am very impressed. Almost immediately I was suprised by its small size, it makes my boss pedals look big! So that was an awesome bonus since it was going onto my pedal board. Now it also looks really cool as you can see in the picture, but it shinier in real life. So first off I set all the nobs to 12 and tested it with my bogner alchemist and strat plus. Both channels on the pedal sound fantastic! The boost isn't strictly a volume boost, but rather it works as an overdrive that can boost your gain/volume as much as you want. It is effective at making a vintage distortion tone that pushes your amp and seems to add some sustain. The distortion engine side adds another dimension to the sound, adding a very thick more aggressive gain than the boost side. It is a very beefy sound as the other reviewer put it, with a lot of bass, maybe more bass than some would want, but I absolutely love it. My strat has never sounded so fat. In drop D, my strat almost sounded like it had had a humbucker in the bridge! Overall, its a great sounding distortion/boost pedal that is full and clear, not muddy like some other overdrives can sound. It is great for thickening up your solos or adding some chunky rythm to your playing. Its also built solid, compact, and looks great. I know its a little pricy, but its totally worth it. The Box of Rock is a great little pedal!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Worth the Money

    try MXR overdrive or Modtone dyno drive pedals, they have better tone
    I give it 2 stars cause it is not terrible, just not the best tome for hard rock, classic rock,...Read complete review

    try MXR overdrive or Modtone dyno drive pedals, they have better tone
    I give it 2 stars cause it is not terrible, just not the best tome for hard rock, classic rock, overdrive, if that is what you are looking for, it is actually 2 pedals in one and has a boost option for lead which works fine. Me myself, I dont care for the tone on it, I have played with it for a week and returned it cause I could not get a real good classic rock sound, it sounded either very thin or very fat depending on how you used the controls but I could not get it in between, I have tried many overdrive and rock pedals the one I have to say stands out the best is the Modtone Dyno Drive, give that a try if you are into classic overdrive
    its built very well but does not deliver on tone
    way overpriced

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    5.0

    Rock solid distortion and boost!

    By Shawn S.

    from Lewisburg, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      After watching demo after demo I finally decided to spring on a used BOR only to receive a new one for Christmas. I've been playing through it for nearly a week now and it sounds amazing. I'm running an Epiphone ES 339 stock and a Squier Classic Vibe 50's Telecaster with a Seymour Duncan Little 59 in the bridge and a P Rails in the neck into a Peavey Delta Blues 115. I usually run a Way Huge Green Rhino MKII into the dirty channel of the Delta Blues for my drive tone but I'm strongly reconsidering it as I found the BOR receives overdrive surprisingly well and sounds much rounder and brilliant without getting fizzy. The build quality is top notch and I love the new design with the Marshall style amp silkscreen image. The pedal responds well to both single coils and humbuckers and has a very dynamic response to pick attack and volume much like a class A tube amp. This thing NAILS Jimmy Pages tone on Led Zeppelin II in my opinion, and to top it off it has a brilliant clean boost for kicking your volume over the top without destroying the drive tone you dial in on the distortion side of the pedal. I wouldn't recommend this to someone with a solid state amp as it seems to react much better with a solid tube amp dialed in nice and warm on the clean channel. Bottom line is I wouldn't recommend it to everyone but to those seeking that classic Marshall tone from the early years, this thing will deliver and with the added boost you can't go wrong.

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      4.0

      Amp / guitar crucial to good tone

      By Stompbox

      from Appalachia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I've had the BoR for over 2 years. I use it after a ZVex SHO into a Fender Stage 112 SS Amp. Through the Fender's Clean channel, it works best with single coils, not much drive, to sound like a Tele on the edge of breaking. The BoR always sounds too trebly to me through the Clean channel. If I switch to the Dirty channel (very Tube-Screamery by itself), this pedal really comes to life and delivers the Marshall tone as advertised. The Boost feature is very useful, with or w/o dirt. Pedal seems to prefer single coils in any case. I have a PRS guitar with coil taps, and I use the BoR with both single - and bucker configs.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Took 3 jobs to get used to it

        By Big Dog Mercer

        from Joliet,Illinois

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Had to mess around w it a little before I found the sweet spots.
          I like it.
          Although you can dial up the dirt, it still stays somewhat clean/transparent.

          The clean boost feature is nice to use on it's own or to push you above the mix.

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          5.0

          Truly A Great Box....

          By JVV

          from NYC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            A friend recommended I get one and I can't thank him enough. Not only is the quality of the sound tasty, but the boost opportunity really takes the pedal to the next level. I am running it into and H & K Tubemeister which frankly didn't need any help in sounding great, but I am really glad I added this pedal to my set up as it really is an upgrade. -JVV

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            (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not Worth the Money

            By jc-QUOfu

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            try MXR overdrive or Modtone dyno drive pedals, they have better tone
            I give it 2 stars cause it is not terrible, just not the best tome for hard rock, classic rock, overdrive, if that is what you are looking for, it is actually 2 pedals in one and has a boost option for lead which works fine. Me myself, I dont care for the tone on it, I have played with it for a week and returned it cause I could not get a real good classic rock sound, it sounded either very thin or very fat depending on how you used the controls but I could not get it in between, I have tried many overdrive and rock pedals the one I have to say stands out the best is the Modtone Dyno Drive, give that a try if you are into classic overdrive
            its built very well but does not deliver on tone
            way overpriced

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing tone!

            By mbernard

            from Portland,Oregon.

            Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I loved Davey Knowles's live tone with Back Door Slam; He uses one & I had to have one. When trying one out in a music store the sales staff came running to check out that great sound. Box of Rock, Fender Blues De Ville, Slash Les Paul = tone heaven. The salesman said he was getting one on payday! Clapton's bluesbreakers tone!

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Distortion!

            By Stewie

            from Georgia

            Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I just recieved this pedal a few days ago, and I am very impressed. Almost immediately I was suprised by its small size, it makes my boss pedals look big! So that was an awesome bonus since it was going onto my pedal board. Now it also looks really cool as you can see in the picture, but it shinier in real life. So first off I set all the nobs to 12 and tested it with my bogner alchemist and strat plus. Both channels on the pedal sound fantastic! The boost isn't strictly a volume boost, but rather it works as an overdrive that can boost your gain/volume as much as you want. It is effective at making a vintage distortion tone that pushes your amp and seems to add some sustain. The distortion engine side adds another dimension to the sound, adding a very thick more aggressive gain than the boost side. It is a very beefy sound as the other reviewer put it, with a lot of bass, maybe more bass than some would want, but I absolutely love it. My strat has never sounded so fat. In drop D, my strat almost sounded like it had had a humbucker in the bridge! Overall, its a great sounding distortion/boost pedal that is full and clear, not muddy like some other overdrives can sound. It is great for thickening up your solos or adding some chunky rythm to your playing. Its also built solid, compact, and looks great. I know its a little pricy, but its totally worth it. The Box of Rock is a great little pedal!

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Seasoned BOR Review

            By chriscasbah

            from Chico, CA

            Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I have owned the pedal for close to 3 years (unit #0049). I'll keep it short and to the point. The descriptions offered by the other reviewers are spot on. The Boost option (I use it for solos as I don't trust the sound guy to read my mind) really adds to this pedal's value. Service from ZVEX is great as well. The only problem I had with my pedal was I had a faulty circuit on the boost side, which they replaced for the cost of shipping, even when it was beyond warranty! Only other minor criticism is that this model does not offer the 3 way bass toggle switch offered on the new Zvex Distortron (stand alone BOR w/o boost). you will notice a bit more low end when you switch on/off between your clean channel, but then again, I bought the pedal to be beefy, so it's more a comment than a criticism. though I have not tried it myself, I have heard consistent comments that this pedal does not sound quite as good when paired with some fender amps. Bottom line, if I lost it, I would be definitely buy it again.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Box of Rock

            By smunsi

            from Wyoming

            Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I usually wait about two weeks to a month before I write a review on a product but this pedal, the Zvex Box Of Rock is simply astounding. The case is top drawer being not only beautiful to look at but very sturdy. But honestly the looks don't mean a thing if the tone's not there. I can't tell what good or bad tone is,it's subjective and relative. My comparison is a Fulltone GT-500 and a Tech-21 XXL. While both of these work very well for me the BoR has a huge fat, warm and meaty sound to it. I can finally use the volume control on my Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster to good effect. It cleans up in very nice way and the boost is very transparent. I run my guitar into a Dunlop wah, then a BBE Soul Vibe then into the BoR, then into my other distortions, fuzzes, a MXR Micro amp as well as a Phase 90, ISP Noise reduction, Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress and finally a TC electronics Nova delay and Nova Reverb. The signals (stereo) goes into two Epiphone Valve Jr. heads. My main complaint before I got the BoR was that the tone was ,well it's very hard to describe but I didn't know what I was missing until I added the Box of Rock into my rig. Now it sounds and feels complete and did I mention how quiet it is? I better stop I'll probably start gushing again. I highly recommend this pedal for anyone. I can't wait to use it on stage cranked.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Look no further

            By Mac8myPC

            from Grand Junction, CO

            Comments about ZVex Vexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I have gone through a ton of pedals and spent a lot of money to get here, but this pedal is the one. I bought a jekyll and hyde pedal and sent it back, I bought a satchurator and no longer use it. This pedal destroys them all.Save up your pennies and just get this one, you won't be disappointed.

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