Whirlwind Rochester Gold Box Distortion Pedal

This Whirlwind Rochester Gold Box pedal screams with a wide range of hand-wired sonic distortion, from warm tube breakup to all-out searing-hot overdrive.

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Overall User Ratings (based on 1 ratings)
  • Overall:
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sound:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Features:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ease of Use:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Value:
    3 out of 5 stars
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Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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Submitted January 12, 2019 by Mark Garner in Metairie, LA

"The Original 'D+' Sound?"

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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As a 35 year devotee of the MXR Distortion +, I bought one of these hoping for Sonic Bliss. Let's just say that I was slightly underwhelmed.While this pedal does have more gain on tap, the level of distortion wasn't much more than the Dunlop "reissue". In fact I found it easier to dial in a good crunch at a reasonable volume on the Dunlop. With the Gold Box you really have to crank things to get a similar level of distortion.I A/B'ed the Gold Box & the D+ on a tube amp (Vox AC15) and then on a solid state amp (Marshall VS15R). The MXR sounded better on the solid stater. The power of the Whirlwind is DEFINITELY better suited for tube amps.The pedal seems to be very well made and comes in a nifty little embroidered velvet pouch.The Bottom Line (IMHO): if you already have the Dunlop version, don't waste your time or the extra money on this one. If you're someone who is looking to fire the Boss (ha-ha!), then I would recommend trying this pedal.

Musical Background:

Former semi-pro now a stay-at-home jammer.

Musical Style:

Rock, rock and rock.
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