The Vexter Box of Metal by Z.Vex is a destructive high-gain pedal with an extremely effective built-in switchable gate which powerfully reduces noise and unwanted feedback. Its gain and tonal characteristics are somewhat alike to high-gain tube amplifiers that have been the staple of hard rock and metal sounds since the 80's.
On the left is a gate switch which is only effective when the pedal is on (the gate cannot be used separately). On the right, there is a true-bypass switch with an indicator LED to bypass the complete effect. When the gate's LED (on the left side of the pedal) is ON, the gate will be active whenever the pedal is turned on.
Product Ref: 24335
The gate is very useful for cleaning up any noise between palm-muted chords and lead phrases, but may be switched off to initiate feedback or to stretch out soloed notes that are fading into noise. When the gate's LED (left side of the pedal) is on, the gate will be active whenever the pedal is turned on. Switching off and on the gate is silent so the gating action of the pedal can instantly be changed during any part of the performance to fluidly integrate soloing and palm-muted chords.
Plug your guitar, or any effect's output, into the right hand input jack. Plug the output into an amp or other effect's input. Watch the output volume setting, with the gate turned on, you may not notice just how loud the pedal really is until you start playing! Set the clean sound on your amp for any level of pristine cleanliness to heavy crunch. The BOM should do very well driving any quantity of nominal distortion. The presence control on your amp will have a strong influence on the top-end texture of your BOM.
Uses 1 9V battery (preferably alkaline, but the unit is shipped with a carbon-zinc battery). The low current process of this pedal's circuit will give you a long battery life. Current draw is about 10mA. A DC power jack is provided on the side of the pedal.