Bixonic offers legendary distortion with modern flexibility with the new Axentrix A1 effect pedal

Bixonic Axentrix
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First introduced in the 1990s, the Bixonic Expandora is renowned for its rich, gain-y and varied sounds, having been popularized by no less a crunch master than Billy Gibbons (check his absolutely nasty tone on ZZ Top’s 1996 opus, Rhythmeen) as well as virtuoso shredder Joe Satriani.

But while the combination overdrive/distortion/fuzz has achieved legendary status, the Japanese boutique pedal has also, not surprisingly, been difficult for the average player to acquire over the years.

That is, until now.

Bixonic, the company behind the Expandora, is back, and they’re taking their triple-distortion pedal into the future with the new Axentrix A1, the next evolution of the famed effect.

For starters, users now get not three, but four selectable drive modes – Crunch, Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz. Axentrix has also added in an Accent function that allows for a wide variety of expressions. Carrying on the unique dynamic range expansion effects of the Expandora, the Accent adjustment provides players with various expression styles such as dynamic accent, percussive notes and long sustain.

Bixonic Axentrix

(Image credit: Bixonic)

And that’s not all: The Axentrix also offers a three-band EQ in addition to a standard tone control; switchable true bypass or rich and clear buffered bypass; adjustable buffered bypass sound; Instrument Select (Guitar or Bass); adjustable illumination; three “Memories” for saving favorite sound settings; a tuner for both guitar and bass;  optional footswitch for live performance; and more.

Essentially, users get five different functions in one pedal, with four drive modes and an adjustable buffered bypass.

Bixonic is offering the first 50 Axentrix pedals as a limited edition, packed individually in a special Axentrix Logo box with two Bixonic logo picks.

To grab yours now, head to Bixonic-Sound.

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