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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 c...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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ZVexVexter Box of Rock Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No 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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Distortion!

By Stewie

from Georgia

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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!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Look no further

By Mac8myPC

from Grand Junction, CO

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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.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Seasoned BOR Review

By chriscasbah

from Chico, CA

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rock solid distortion and boost!

By Shawn S.

from Lewisburg, PA

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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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Took 3 jobs to get used to it

    By Big Dog Mercer

    from Chicago IL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

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      • Amateur Recording
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      • 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.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Box of Rock

      By smunsi

      from Wyoming

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      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.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Z-vex rocks

      By Bill D-OxsiV

      from Texas

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

      I have the hand painted one. If your into that go for it but anyway, this pedal is so good. It is really easy to dial in the perfect tone. The boost is also clean until about 8 (that is MORE THAN ENOUGH, TRUST ME) it is a great clean boost, and a marshall like (might as well be a marshall) Distortion/overdrive (however much you want).

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      it rocks

      By Witness The Fitness

      from New York City, NY

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

      The point of this box is to give you the sound of a classic driven Marshall amp. I haven't had a classic Marshall amp, so I tested this by seeing if this box could make a Fender strat in bridge pickup mode get tone like Andy Summers. And it can! So yes, this does what it says it does.Now to the box: it's the most versatile disto/OD pedal I've played. It really sounds good at almost any setting. You can give yourself a clean boost, or a subtle overdrive at low gain settings, or roaring nasty crunch at high gain. If you turn both the disto and the boost knobs on, it gives you beastly hard rock distortion that begs for AC/DC power chords. The tone knob -- always a hit-or-miss feature on a disto box -- is very effective, especially between 9 and 3.The only problem with is that it crackles when you adjust some of the kobs. They say this is normal, though it's mildly bothersome. Also, as it's supposed to simulate a Marshall amp at full gain, to my ear it also tends to run a little hot and trebly, so if I play with it on for hours I get ear fatigue. I solved this by getting a more subtle, warm and less trebly OD pedal to go with it, the Death By Audio Interstellar Overdriver, and I switch between them. Also, it's good-but-not-great at cleaning up on low guitar volume settings, but I just think a guitar on 10 sounds better than a guitar on any other #, period, so maybe it's just me.Anyway, point is, I'm a major pedalhead and the Box Of Rock is a permanent fixture on my board.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ZVEX are a true example of a handmade stompbox

      By DavidHICKEY

      from Darien

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

      This Zvex Box of Rock is one of the best overdrive pedals out there. Its a true overdrive pedal that gives you warm overdrive and a good amount of gain for both strats and les pauls. With strats it wont give you shrill like overdrives and with les pauls you get a perfect blues tone, much like marshalls. The drive signal cleans up beautifully with the guitars volume knob and thats were the boost feature is special. The BOOST side of the pedal is there to boost your clean tone mostly and put it into overdrive. The only thing is that the boost feature is very powerful and makes your amp very very loud. But I find it most usefull at low volumes to give your clean sparkle and much more clarity. Overall this pedal is great for rock, blues, perhaps alternative. No metal.

      (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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