Zvex Mastotron
Zvex Mastotron

Mastotron, Distortion from Zvex.

moosers 10/13/2010

Zvex Mastotron : moosers's user review


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The Zvex Mastotron is a unique distortion/fuzz pedal for electric guitar. It's an analog pedal consisting 1/4" connections for input and output and has options for both a nine volt battery and power supply - they actually give you tips on what is best to use in different situations. It isn't going to be rack mountable as it's a foot pedal.


The make up of the Zvex Mastotron has both familiar and unique parameters. I like the configuration of pedal as it gives you a lot to work with in a small box. From left to right the parameters include knobs for volume, tone, pulse wave, fuzz, and relax/push. It also has a switch for choosing the amount of sub frequencies wanted. The relax/push knob is definitely the most unique, as it is for setting the impedance and can come in very handy when using different kinds of guitars with different pick ups, as it basically adjusts the sensitivity. A manual shouldn't be necessary, although I haven't seen one so I can't speak to it's make up.


The tone of the Zvex Mastotron is seriously thick and fuzzy, but it has great tracking and it's easy to make musical sense of the sound unlike many other fuzz boxes out there. It's perfect for getting that thick and crunchy fuzz tone that still sounds almost clean and precise. It's definitely a modern sort of sound, but again there's a lot of room to mess around between the more traditional parameters and then the parameters like relax/push (impedance) and the ability to set your sub frequencies.


If you're looking for a versatile fuzz and distortion box that gives you more control than your average pedal, the Zvex Mastotron is absolutely something you should known about. It's not going to be the cheapest pedal out there, but it's also not the most expensive and is actually a pretty good deal considering the amount of flexibility and high sound quality you're getting here. Definitely check this pedal out if you're looking for some serious fuzz/distortion.