The ZVex Machine is a unique
animal in a world of dime-a-dozen fuzz and distortion pedals. Zachary
Vex invented the Machine specifically to be used in conjunction with
other fuzz and distortion pedals. Have you ever ran two distortion
boxes together, or ran a fuzz box into an already-distorted amp? Often
times cool results are had, but you frequently lose detail and tonal
qualities and end up with something less than what you were hoping for.
The Machine exists to cure that problem.
With the Z.Vex
Machine for the first time in history crossover distortion was built
into a guitar pedal circuit. The net effect of this design, without
getting too deeply into electronics geekery, is that while your guitar
signal is traveling from pickups to speaker there are spots where
normally not much is going on. It is in these parts of the signal path
that Machine does its thing, generating distortion in the sloped parts
of the wave rather than in the peaks and valleys like standard issue
stompbox guitar distorters. Hence, it is extremely complimentary when
used in conjunction with your other favorite pedals.
The Machine is
basically a hideous sounding pedal on its own, so to achieve the
intended effect you will need to use it before other fuzz boxes. The
Machine prefers to see an undistorted guitar signal at its input. Once
you plug it in you may never go back. This thing cuts like nobody's
business, making your other pedals come to life. Use it with a tremolo
pedal in front to hear sweeping frequency multiplier sounds, or put a
compressor in front for ringing harmonic effects. It can also be used
with other instruments, including bass, drum machines, etc.. for all
sorts of interesting and wild tones.
individually hand-painted in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Each one is
unique! Factory Warranted against manufacturing defects forever.