EarthQuaker Acapulco Gold Pedal Review

Music has evolved in so many ways since the 80s and 90s but one thing has remained true: that high-intensity songs never go away. Even though distortion is more limited today because guitar players need a more varied range of tones and skills to achieve a clean sound, distortion pedals are still used by a majority of electric guitar players. It is better to have dynamic and versatile distortion pedal settings so that you can properly make use of distortion pedals.

If you are looking for a guitar pedal that can provide an effect that will help you sustain your sound and give it a bit of crunch, then it is high time you try the EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Power Amp Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal. In this article, we will go over the product’s features as well as its advantages and disadvantages so that you can further gauge if this is the right pedal for you.

Features of the EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Power Amp Distortion

  • Akron-Handmade
  • Volume knob is large and simple
  • Extremely loud
  • Takes a standard 9 volt DC power supply
  • 1mm negative center barrel


We had really high expectations for the EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco V2 and yet it managed to exceed them. This is extremely loud, so for those who play modern rock or metal, this is perfect for you. It has a really big knob so that you can control your volume more easily and move the knob until you reach your desired level of volume.

Plus, the design and functionality of this product are so simple that it only has one button. This pedal is based on the Sunn Model T. With this pedal, you can definitely feel the spirit of rock and roll.

The knob also produces a volume that cleans up nicely but not too clean. It still has that mean crunch that every electric guitarist looks for in distortion pedals.

By using the minimum guitar volume settings, the EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Power Amp Distortion Effects Pedal can give off a hazy, Nashville vibe to your tone. Switch it a little back off and you get an overdrive that is really raunchy; when it is completely open, it is extremely loud – up to the point of explosion.

We believe this device is truly one of the best distortion pedals on the market today. It sets the bar for high-quality guitar pedals. The pedal is easy to manipulate and it has a predictable way of achieving the “dying battery” effect. It definitely makes a lot of interesting sounds and can work very well with other pedals.

This guitar pedal is also static-free and it is quiet. This pedal does not require any noise suppression. In fact, the majority of the customers who bought this product have claimed that this pedal gives a solid gated sound when the transistor bias is reduced.

The pedal has a decent range of tones and is pretty accurate as the bias feature helps you add tons of different textures to your sound. In particular, many customers were very impressed with this guitar pedal’s ability to produce vintage fuzz sounds.

Some customers have claimed that it behaves well in a bypass looper and is very versatile with other pedals on the pedal board. You can get a smooth crunch and a nice sputtery effect that most electric guitar players are looking for.


While the EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Power Amp Distortion Effects Pedal is a really good investment, we highly recommend that you do not fiddle with the volume of your guitar and tone knobs as these can greatly affect the overall sound.


The EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold V2 Power Amp Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal truly set the bar high for high-quality products such as distortion pedals. We are very much impressed with the ability of this pedal to give off that “dying battery” effect as well as that “zipper” sound. This definitely gives a good fuzz as well as a nice crunch to your sound. The structure and functionality of the pedal is good and it operates in a predictable way. You can be sure that using this pedal is totally hassle-free.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a pedal that has a simple structure and can give you a wide variety of tones, then the EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco V2 is definitely worth buying.