Price paid: $ 169
Purchased from: SGCNation.com
Sound — 8
Once you finally manage to dial in the right sound, it's pretty nasty. You can get a spot-on 'Big Muff' effect if you want, or go to the velcro fuzz setting and rip off one note to the next. Because of the effect that minute parameter changes will bring on, it's not surprising there's a long list of pro players that have used it on their board. It's also the best feedback-noise generator since Behringer's line of tube amps came out, for what that's worth. Because of the precise nature of the potentiometers, however, the great sounds you're looking for have a lot of squealing and noise in between. Throw in the fact that some of us, or maybe just me, have the short-term memory of a gold fish and it's easy to forget what combination of settings you were just using, leaving you with nothing more than the memory of an elusive fuzz that may never be recreated.
Overall Impression — 8
After toying around with this for a few hours, you kind of start losing your mind with the endless possibilities of fuzz and noise. I had no idea that so many fuzz tones were capable via human engineering. Then it occurred to me, why the hell do I need a million different types of fuzz? But it's this kind of meticulous craftsmanship that makes Zvex a prime quasi-boutique player in the world of guitar effects. It's not for everyone but if you're looking for a truly unique distortion you should definitely check it out.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The good news about Zvex pedals is that all the hand-painted ones are quote "warranted to be free from manufacturing defects for as long as I (Zachary Vex) am on the planet". The bad news is the Vexter Series pedals aren't hand-painted, thus they have a slightly shorter warranty. That shouldn't be too much of a deterrent because the manufacturing seems top notch. Throw in the bonus that all Zvex pedals are designed to draw an incredibly small amount of power, so much so that a 9-volt battery will literally last years, and you're looking at one very reliable effect.
Ease of Use — 5