Distortion Booster

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Back in the 60’s everything everyone made was either a fuzz or a Treble Booster. Vox released a range of four effects which the player would plug directly into the guitar/mic etc.
The Distortion – Treble – Bass and the Mic Boosters were very unique (and still are), cheaper to make than the pedals and featured a true bypass switch.

This distortion unit is really a early Fuzz Face/Tone Bender variant in disguise and has become extremely sought after by collectors therefore they’re hard to find and cost a fortune when you do find one.
This is why we like to bring you the hard to find and mega expensive vintage pedals for you to experience without selling off a kidney or two.

The Vox Showroom site has this to say about the pedal ” The #153 JMI Vox Distortion Booster “fuzz tone” was also introduced in the November 1965 JMI Vox price list. The steel case sported a dark red painted finish. The booster utilized a battery operated gain circuit driven by two silicon transistors and featured a three-pole power switch that offered true signal bypass. The UK retail price in 1965 was 4£ 4s. The #153 Distortion Booster provided a less costly alternative to the germanium transistor powered JMI Vox “Tone Bender” fuzz tone.”

Distortion Booster technical specifications

Manufacturer Vox
Year 1966
FX Fuzz
Type Plug Into Guitar
Jacks mounted on One side
Bypass True Bypass
Battery? Yes
Voltage 9
Circuit Analog
Tube equipped? No
Weight (in kg) 0.25
Width (in cm) 3
Height (in cm) 1.9
Depth (in cm) 15

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