As one of the co-founders of MXR in the early '70s, Whirlwind’s Michael Laiacona knows what it takes to make a
special stompbox. The classic MXR Phase 90 and Dyna Comp
compressor units were instant classics, immediately adorning
the pedalboards of pros and amateurs alike. Even less-popular
units such as the Micro Amp and Distortion+ have a special
place in the stompbox pantheon with their simple, yet tonally
Whirlwind’s new Rochester series pedals include the Gold
Box Distortion, Orange Box Phaser, and Red Box Compressor,
which are inspired to the hilt by classic MXR designs, but sport
true-bypass switching and LED indicators. Also new to the
Whirlwind line are the Bomb and the WT200 Chromatic Tuner,
which retain the enclosure dimensions of the Rochesters
and feature the same interesting hybrid of handwired/PCB
construction on a component board that’s tucked inside a
little protective bag.
We tested these pedals with a Fender Telecaster and a Gibson
Les Paul Standard, running them through Dr. Z EZG-50
and Victoria 5112 amplifiers.
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