EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Review (June 2024)


Last updated on June 10, 2024 12:21 pm Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Power Amp Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

The Acapulco Gold is a dirt-simple 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? Rollback your guitar’s tone control. Easy, right?

Product Features

  • Status LED
  • Metal housing
  • Bypass footswitch
  • Hand-made in the USA
  • Reacts very dynamically
  • Power consumption 30 mA
  • Power Amp Style Distortion Pedal
  • Severe distortion up to the ‘Fuzz’
  • 1 unlabeled output volume control
  • Noiseless relay-based soft-touch circuit
  • Front-side 6.3 mm mono-jack inputs / outputs
  • Power supply via 9 V battery or 9 V power supply
  • Dimensions (L * W * H): 128 * 66 * 57 mm
  • Based on the power amp distortion of the Sunn Amp Vintage Model 

Pros & Cons


  • Solid build
  • Affordably priced
  • Very dependable
  • Positive consumer testimonials
  • Worth the investment
  • Terrific audio output
  • Controls are straightforward
  • Every pedal is handcrafted
  • Astonishing volume


  • A buzzing sound

EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Demo

Our Verdict

Each Earthquaker distortion pedal is handcrafted. This ensures that every pedal sent out is of the highest quality possible, as well as that it functions. The pedal, like some distortion pedals, has been observed to make a minor buzzing noise — especially when ramped up to a higher frequency.

While this is a typical issue with these types of pedals and a noise gate can be used to prevent the buzzing, it is something to consider before purchasing this pedal.

Overall, I’d say this is a fantastic technique to bend your heavy tones and produce a truly beautiful metal experience.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Power Amp Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

as of June 10, 2024 12:21 pm

Pricing History

Price History for EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Power Amp Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal


Current Price $139.00 June 10, 2024
Highest Price $139.00 October 10, 2023
Lowest Price $139.00 October 10, 2023
Since October 10, 2023

Last price changes

$139.00 October 10, 2023

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Additional information

Item Weight

9.6 ounces

Product Dimensions

6 x 3 x 3 inches

Item model number



1 Product Specific batteries required.

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

September 19, 2016

Color Name

Assorted Colors


Version 2




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