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Product Spotlight: EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold

4 Jan 2020
by Adam Fear

EarthQuaker Devices has been on our radar for quite some time and this year (2019) saw the perfect time to take the plunge and stock what we think is some of the coolest pedals on the market to date.


One of the pedals that impressed us during our demo session (think of 5 pedalboards overflowing with magic!) was the Acapulco Gold, a one knob distortion Device modeled after the sound of a cranked vintage Model T amplifier, bringing the openness, clarity, and crunch that only a dimed tube amp can provide, at a fraction of the size, and without expensive maintenance costs!

Since tone is in the hands, we decided to keep the controls of the Acapulco Gold as simple as possible. The footswitch turns the pedal on and off, and the giant knob controls the output volume. That’s it. The rest is at your fingertips. Want less gain? Turn down your guitar’s volume knob. Need a darker rhythm tone? Roll back your guitar’s tone control. Easy, right?


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