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acapulco gold review

Acapulco gold review

What I was actually given by older, well-established expat artists who should know better was disappointing: a hard-pressed mix of leaf and stems attached to flowers full of immature seeds. Once rolled into a joint and lit, the smoke smelled of old burning leaves and left your breath and clothes reeking like an ashtray full of old roaches, plus a short-lived buzz. If it had been a little drier and brown this stuff would have been identical to something found in an old shoebox from decades ago.

Effects: To truly experience the fine quality of this 21st century version of the Mexican classic, it’s best appreciated through a clean pipe or vaporizer. The smooth, non-expansive smoke will fill your lungs with no cough or discomfort. My suggested serving would be to roll a good joint in a ZigZag and take the goodness in to get an idea of what it was like back in the day.
This brings us to why we should be grateful for legalization of cannabis in Washington. Sure the rules, seemingly written by Calvinist Puritans with an eye on restriction and revenue, could stand some revisions.

Acapulco Gold (Courtesy Pioneer Nuggets)
Appearance: These tightly compressed flowers were too dry with no rebound when touched and crumbled easily, way below the ideal moisture content of 10% to 12%. A nice pale green in color, the buds were thickly encrusted with fully ripened trichomes plus reddish, golden pistillate flowers caught at their peak.
Fri., March 20, 2020
Although there is little likelihood that this strain from grower Pioneer Nuggets shares identical genetics with the original landrace strain from the Mexican state of Guerrero, it does show some of the unmistakable characteristics of classic Mexican weed.
Aroma: Once the seal was broken an unusual fragrance caught my attention. It was complex and at first sniff I was at a loss to its identity: sort of a sweet, spicy fragrance with more coming from the deep center. The two dominant terpenes, Camphene and Phellandrene, were new to me and required further research. After many more sniffs and dry hits, I’d describe them as rosemary and a trace of eucalyptus.

The grower describes itself as the area’s first “manufacturer” of cannabis products. In direct contrast to high-tech industrial growing methods, the Pioneer team employs a diverse array of biological players to help plants along in their artificial homes. Everything from beneficial insects and nematodes to bacteria and natural-occurring minerals protect the plants from harmful pests and soilborne diseases. This is a responsible approach to what could require heavy use of toxic artificial products.

A nice pale green in color, the buds were thickly encrusted with fully ripened trichomes plus reddish, golden pistillate flowers caught at their peak.

PERFORMANCE

GOLD AWARD
(Image credit: Damian Fanelli)

By Chris Gill 15 February 2016
The pedal market is overcrowded with an abundance of great overdrive, distortion, and fuzz stomp boxes that for the most part are variations on one theme or another.
The Earthquaker Devices Acapulco Gold comes from an entirely different place and is truly unlike any other distortion device out there. Earthquaker describes it as a power amp distortion effect that’s designed to sound like a fully cranked Sunn Model T, and to my ears it sounds a lot like fuzz Jim, but not as we know it.
The Acapulco Gold is an unusual device. With the big knob all the way down it produces no sound at all, but as you turn it up the volume gradually increases (unity is around 9 o’clock), a layer of fuzzy distortion emerges, and the tone gets big and warm. At about 12 o’clock the guitar signal begins to compress, but unlike traditional fuzz it never sputters or gets raspy, instead delivering remarkably smooth, violin-like tone that seems to sustain forever. Turning down the guitar’s volume control cleans up the tone, but that big, luscious character remains even as the distortion is tamed. For many connoisseurs of crunch, this could be the ultimate fuzz.
STREET PRICE $117

Featuring just one, solitary big honking knob that’s the size of a channel changer on a 1965 Philcomatic color TV, the Acapulco Gold pedal is as simple as it gets. Earthquaker didn’t even bother giving the knob’s function a name, probably because it does several different things simultaneously as you turn it up. Similarly, the 1/4-inch input and output jacks aren’t labeled either, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out which is which. A bright white LED lets you know when the effect is engaged, and the pedal operates with a standard 9VDC power adapter or 9-volt battery.

The Earthquaker Devices Acapulco Gold comes from an entirely different place and is truly unlike any other distortion device out there. Earthquaker describes it as a power amp distortion effect that’s designed to sound like a fully cranked Sunn Model T, and to my ears it sounds a lot like fuzz Jim, but not as we know it.