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Rocktron Austin Gold Overdrive Pedal  

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It dishes out a superb blend of light overdrives that enhance the sound of your amp without changing it. A unique "Pre-Bass" control eliminates probl...Read More

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Road-ready overdrive in a eye-popping gold case.

It dishes out a superb blend of light overdrives that enhance the sound of your amp without changing it. A unique "Pre-Bass" control eliminates problems with too much fuzzy bass, or the opposite problem of being a weak, thin-sounding overdrive. Drive and level controls offer further shaping options. It's like having an entire arsenal of overdrive pedals in just one box. Add an entirely new dimension to your amp with a maximum 30dB of gain without overprocessing.

FEATURES
  • Light overdrives that enhance, without changing, the sound of your amp
  • Unique "Pre-Bass" control eliminates fuzzy bass and weak, thin-sounding overdrive
  • Drive and level controls

The only overdrive you'll ever need. Order it now.

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4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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Great Sound !

Playing Epi Les Pauls thru a Marshall JTM30 ( all tube ) amp. The Marshall's gain is very old school / scratchy. Great Black Crowes / Stones sound, but NOT a heavy metal...Read complete review

Playing Epi Les Pauls thru a Marshall JTM30 ( all tube ) amp. The Marshall's gain is very old school / scratchy. Great Black Crowes / Stones sound, but NOT a heavy metal amp ; very Plexi sounding. I wanted an overdrive pedal to give me a "Randy Rhodes" sound. I use it WITH my amp gain - ( set on 10 o'clock ), and the pedal controls - left to right - 12 0'clock , 10 o'clock , 12 o'clock. I was trying to make this 2 channel amp into 3 channels ; which I call clean , Crowes , & Rhodes. This pedal NAILED it ! I LOOOVE that it's crisp and doesn't make your tube amp sound like one of those fake modelling amps. The 'pre-bass' is nice. Does what they say. This pedal has a GREAT overdrive and enhances your sound without making it sound digital. Perfect for us 'old-schoolers' , 70's , early 80's stuff. I hope by listing my equipment, it helps to describe the sound. This pedal is a STEAL at this price. So glad I tried it.

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Super Transparent Articulating Overdrive!

This is the best overdrive I've ever used. I came across it and read reviews about it and decided to try it. With the cheap price tag I figured if it wasn't great I...Read complete review

This is the best overdrive I've ever used. I came across it and read reviews about it and decided to try it. With the cheap price tag I figured if it wasn't great I wouldn't be at a total loss, but boy was I wrong! This pedal lays it down. I use a Mesa/Boogie Mark 1 running clean and this pedal just sings. Don't confuse it with a Tubescreamer. It's got a more rounded tone than the TS-9. Great pedal and kudos to Rocktron on the value!

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5.0

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        I forgot I had left this on. I plugged in my 5W Epi Valve Jr. modded and heard the sweetest tube sounds coming from the Amp. I thought this is perfect! Why use effects? Then, to my chagrin, I noticed I left the Rocktron Austin Gold on. Then, I said to myself, "that explains it, I guess." I am a tone tweaker. I subsequentially took it off. Hoping to replace.

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        5.0

        great for the price

        I bought this at the same time as a Palomino 30w 2x12 amp and an Epi Wilshire - the white one. They all sound good together. It's not a bunch of pedals in one - it is easy to find a spot that sounds good, and it works with the amp's exisiting overdrive. It is also solidly built.

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        5.0

        Great Sound !

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Playing Epi Les Pauls thru a Marshall JTM30 ( all tube ) amp. The Marshall's gain is very old school / scratchy. Great Black Crowes / Stones sound, but NOT a heavy metal amp ; very Plexi sounding. I wanted an overdrive pedal to give me a "Randy Rhodes" sound. I use it WITH my amp gain - ( set on 10 o'clock ), and the pedal controls - left to right - 12 0'clock , 10 o'clock , 12 o'clock. I was trying to make this 2 channel amp into 3 channels ; which I call clean , Crowes , & Rhodes. This pedal NAILED it ! I LOOOVE that it's crisp and doesn't make your tube amp sound like one of those fake modelling amps. The 'pre-bass' is nice. Does what they say. This pedal has a GREAT overdrive and enhances your sound without making it sound digital. Perfect for us 'old-schoolers' , 70's , early 80's stuff. I hope by listing my equipment, it helps to describe the sound. This pedal is a STEAL at this price. So glad I tried it.

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        5.0

        Sounds like a tweed to me

        By TommyTomcat

        from DFW, TX

        I bought this pedal to give me some kind of sweet spot tone when playing low volume gigs (amp on 1-2, drummer playing brushes all night). I've also used it to get tweed type tones when using a blackface style amp. At it's lower settings, this pedal does both pretty well. The thing I dislike about most OD's and distortion pedals is that they compress everything into the midrage frequencies. The pre-bass control works very well at filling out the tone. The pedal also lets the sound of your guitar come through, it's somewhat touch sensitive and cleans up decently (like a tweed amp) when the guitar volume is rolled down. I would compare this pedal to the Snarling Dogs Tweed E Dog, except the AG has more range into woman tone land when the drive is turned up.

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        5.0

        Blues at its best

        By R.B. Guitar Svc.

        from St. Louis MO

        After hearing the tone of my sons Rocktron Zombie I thought I give the Austin Gold a try. Not wanting to spend a lot of money on an overdrive pedal this one fit the bill.After plugging in to my Crate VC-30 tube amp, I was very impressed with the blusey, classic rock type tones capable with this pedal. My home built kit SRV tribute sounds amazing. The Texas Specials really honk through this pedal. And my Jay Turser 335 style semi hollowbody screams classic rock.Great tone, total control, and an affordable price tag add up to one great pedal.

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        5.0

        Most under-rated overdrive EVER

        By JD

        from NW Illinois

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        I've been thru a ton of pricey pedals: Tube Screamers, MXR Booster, Liquid Sunshine, Zakk Wylde OD... this pedal does exactly what I want. Increase sustain and drive in front of an already overdriven amp WITHOUT screwing with your tone!The drive is actually subtle, it's the other two controls that make the tone... especially the pre-bass setting. Genius!Don't spend more, spend smart. This thing is great and will earn its respect over time.

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        5.0

        My Search Has Ended

        By builderbond

        from Cary, NC

        I was looking for a good overdrive to use with a solid state amp. I bought one of these based on reviews and was not disapointed. I think it sounds better than my tube amp. A wide range of drive is available as well as the pre-bass adjustment. Customer Service is great. Mine stopped working after one month. It had a short somewhere. I called Rocktron and after checking the serial number they sent me another one. Nice.

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        5.0

        Good Overdrive

        By RiggyZiggy

        from Naytahwaush, MN

        I bought this overdrive to help my old guitar get a little more bite and the experience so far has been really good. My guitar was born in 1985 and the output of them isn't that great for humbuckers, I don't think yet I could be wrong. With the Austin I can get real high gain sounds close to the likes of Iron Maiden but when I shut it down, I still have all the options I had before. I have never tried any other overdrive pedal, but this one does sound a lot like the original signal boosted and the pre-bass feature has allowed me to turn the muddy overdrive into a brighter kick on my neck pickup. This is a real handy dandy Overdrive, at least in my limited knowledge.

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        5.0

        Great on Vocals

        By Tradition To Kill

        from Lewiston, ME

        I play in a metal band. I use this on vocals through one of my mixer aux channels so I can mix in a slight overdrive. This is great. Gives that little boost and growl you need without taking away your bass tone or making your vocal distorted beyond recognition. This thing is awesome.

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        5.0

        Great... does what it says it will

        By Rusted Flowers

        from Boise, ID

        This product surprised me by doing exactly what it said it would. It effectively added distortion to my tone, without altering the overall tone of my amp, thus providing an extremely distorted sound that was just a beefed up version of the amp gain.

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