Whirlwind Rochester Series Gold Box Distortion Pedal

Vintage-styled Handwired Distortion Effects Pedal with 9-volt Power Adapter Input and True Bypass
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Classic Distortion Tones From This Gold Box!

Plug into vintage tone! The Gold Box from Whirlwind is a dead-on revival of the handwired classic from the 1970s, only this one's got a 9-volt AC adapter input and features hardwire bypass. Get ready for the Gold Box's tremendous range of distortion — everything from those subtle, warm, tube-driven tones you love to that searing hot overdrive, with vintage sustain and totally classic vibe. Michael Laiacona, president of Whirlwind, has been crafting amazing effects boxes for years — in fact, he was the cofounder of MXR. You've got to hear the Gold Box.

Whirlwind The Gold Box Handwired Distortion Effects Pedal at a Glance:
  • Vintage-styled distortion tones from this handwired "Gold" box
  • Rochester Series, designed by Michael Laiacona — cofounder of MXR

Vintage-styled distortion tones from this handwired "Gold" box
This classic handwired tank of a box delivers a wide range of sonic distortion — take it from a subtle, warm, tube-driven tone to all-out searing hot overdrive, with that vintage sustain and classic tone you grew up with. You won't be able to get enough of the Gold Box.

Rochester Series, designed by Michael Laiacona — cofounder of MXR
Life-long gear tinkerer Michael Laicona was the cofounder of MXR — so he certainly knows effects pedals. Here, you've got the brain behind a series of classic, near-legendary pedals, now available at a really great value. The difference between these pedals and their vintage counterparts is that the Whirlwind Rochester Series, including the Gold Box, features a 9-volt AC adapter input and is 100% true bypass.

Whirlwind The Gold Box Handwired Distortion Effects Pedal Features:
  • Handwired Distortion Effects Pedal
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Features a 9-volt AC Adapter Input
  • 100% True Bypass
  • Designed by Michael Laicona, Co-founder of MXR
  • Part of the Whirlwind Rochester Series
Take your tone in a vintage direction with the Whirlwind Rochester Series Gold Box!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Distortion
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.5"
Width 4.5"
Depth 5.5"
Weight 0.84 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number FXGOLDP

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Seriously Underrated Pedal

Nails the original tone of the 70s yellow stompbox + & how. I still own one of those, so I know. Video demos do not do this thingie justice, being almost entirely strats for some reason. (I'm not a Strat person, nothin' against 'em. ) Has all harmonic overtone bits happening. All the way up, vintage humbucker produces pure evil (the good 70s heavy metal/prog krautrock kind.) at 1 o'clock is a sweet natural touch sensitive singing overdriven input tone. I like it with my Tele neck pickup through a Supro, Guild S-100 with HB-1s through a 59 Gibson GA-20T amp pentode or triode channel, in fact it likes all my mutant guitars, 60s Harmonies, 70s Ibanez...It likes single coils and humbuckers equally, however responds differently. There is less noise/hiss than the original and build quality/construction techniques have evolved. It's solid and beautiful inside. Not a Ratt or a Tubescreamer, has pronounced trebble voicing turned up, not nasal, but vintage. OK to turn guitar tone down all the way when distortion is all the way up, will still "cut". Audible distinct notes in full chords. Don't know how this reacts with overwound pickups as I have none/don't use them, all my stuff is old. Mid range seems more rich and distinct than my old yellow unit, but that may actually be a result of better component tollerences/quality standards and better solder joints, not hearing a mid boost, but since I have no use for one, all tge better! (I hate post EQ!) Much as I want to keep this as a secret weapon, more people have to know about this so these folks keep making it, the re-issue big corporate copy isn't in the same league. Quality and detail matter. Your ears will tell you.
Music background: musician/nerdy tone guy/30 years playing and recording.

More like the original than the original!!

I've been playing hard rock/metal since the late 70's when it all started with MXRs' Distortion +. Long ago I did away with MY version of the original and have regretted it ever since. All the "new and improved" versions that have come and gone since then just never really seemed to cut it, they lacked the power and responsiveness. Finally, The original inventor is back making "THE ORIGINAL." It sounds even MORE powerful and responsive than I remember. I attribute this to the fact that I'm not 14 years old playing on a cheap amp anymore. All you old school guys out there that remember the Dist.+ and having been watching ebay, ready to pay hundreds for an original, I'm telling you....it's baaack!!! Thanks, Mike! (co-founder of mxr but, inventor, first.)
Music background: Pro Musician
See also: Distortion Pedals, Whirlwind, Whirlwind Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz