Amped: Digitech HardWire Pedals - HT-2, CM-2 and SC-2

Tuner, Tube Overdrive and Valve Distortion   05-Nov-09

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The HardWire range of "Extreme Performance" pedals from Digitech have the look and feel of what you might call boutique pedals even though Digitech are one of the big boys when it comes to stomps. With rugged construction and a refined tone, they've become quite the thing to step on.

Our man Chappers, requested a look at this range after having heard good things about them in his travels. He was rewarded by the arrival of a lovely show demonstration floor unit containing the entire range.


In this section Rob takes a look at:
 
HT-2 Chromatic Tuner

  • High-accuracy (less than +/- 1 cent), stable tuning with blue In Tune LED
  • True Bypass circuitry preserves your tone in bypass
  • Constant high-voltage operation for tonal quality and noise reduction
  • HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories
    • Green gaffer tape helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting
    • Custom-cut Velcro® pads attach and lock your pedals to your pedalboard

CM-2 Tube Overdrive

  • 2 Modes of operation: Classic and Modified
    • Classic Mode offers transparent, responsive overdrive
    • Modified Mode adds more gain and more low end
  • True Bypass circuitry preserves your tone in bypass
  • Constant high-voltage operation for tonal quality and noise reduction
  • HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories
    • Stomplock™ knob guards lock your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage

SC-2 Valve Distortion

  • 2 Modes of operation: Crunch and Saturated
    • Crunch Mode gives you plenty of gain with mids that cut through
    • Scoop Mode adds more gain and removes the mids for a modified ton
  • True Bypass circuitry preserves your tone in bypass
  • Constant high-voltage operation for tonal quality and noise reduction
  • HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories
    • Stomplock™ knob guards lock your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage
    • Green gaffer tape helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting
    • Custom-cut Velcro® pads attach and lock your pedals to your pedalboard


Pricing and Availability

    HT-2 Chromatic Tuner
       
RRP £97.75   $139.99 
Street $99.99 Musicians Friend
    CM-2 Tube Overdrive
        RRP £97.75  $139.99 Street $99.95 Zzounds.com
    SC-2 Valve Distortion
       
RRP £97.75  $139.99  Street $99.95 Zzounds.com


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5 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Darfuria    Said...

"I've been Chappers, you haven't" - Man, more people should say that (although obviously replacing Chappers with their own name).

Really loved the last pedal. The one that made you do the schoolboy chuckle at the harmonic.

05-Nov-09 10:37 AM


Nisse    Said...

I actually had a hard time to hear the sound coming out of the speaker as the acoustic sound from the Strat was so loud.

05-Nov-09 03:08 PM


Griffo    Said...

Nice demo as usual. Hopefully i'll end up getting all of these pedals except the metal one and the normal orange distortion one. I just need to get the chorus and i think i've then got all the ones i want.

The CM-2 is epic. I love how when i turn the pedal on, you can't really tell except for the greater amount of gain. It sort of blends nicely with your tone when turned on. Hard to explain but i think you all know what i mean! Haha ¬_¬

The delay/looper pedal in the HardWire range is also amazing (like all the range!)

Looking forward to the next parts!

06-Nov-09 04:19 AM


   Said...

All the essentials covered....tuner, distortion, more distortion :D

They're amongst the best of the solid state pedals that are commonly available and you do them justice with a great review - good job.

06-Nov-09 02:30 PM


s ford    Said...

Chappers is a legend.

"when they are throwing beer at you... or meat...."

10-Nov-09 05:04 AM


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