#1
So basically I've grown dissatisfied with my 'C6-modded' Boss SD-1, therefore I sold it, as well as my Whammy IV which I was fun to play around with at first, but I've realised that I'm not Tom Morello and other than playing the Killing In The Name or Like A Stone Solo, I really had no use for it.

Quest for the new OD:
  • better bypass (the SD-1 is a tone sucker, it really made the tone quite dull)
  • more tonal flexibility (optional)


The contenders:
  • Maxon OD-808
  • MXR GT-OD
  • MXR Custom Badass Modified OD
  • Hotone Grass
  • Blackstar LT Boost
  • Vox Ice 9
  • VFE Pale Horse


And last but not least the winner:




Hardwire CM2 Tube Overdrive.


Does the job - boosting my SL-X - very well.
Compared to the SD-1 it just sounds much better, clearer, gives the amp more balls, has WAY more output to boost the amp and is way more flexible with the high/low controls, as well as the classic/modified switch.
Speaking of that switch, the difference might be more apparent when using the pedal as a stand-alone OD or adding to a slightly overdrive tone, but to me it sounds like the classic mode is a bit more middy, while the modified widens the tone quite a bit with a more mid-scoop-ish EQ.
Personally I like the classic-mode better so far, at least for what I do.
As already mentioned, the volume-boost is huge, I only need it about 1 o'clock, where I needed the SD-1 at almost full blast for the same effect.
The bass-knob is a great addition, so you can set up how much of a bass boost or cut you want.
Last nice thing about it is the true bypass, doesn't mess with my tone as the SD-1 did and that's great.

Overall a great sounding pedal, built like a tank, good value, do recommend!
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Last edited by JesusCrisp at Nov 9, 2013,
#2
Nice! Coincidentally I'm going to get one of these just to have (I sold my SD-1 the other day).
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#3
The hardware stuff is pretty solid. Have fun with it!
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#4
Nice, I've heard good things about this one. I know it's meant to be a "better" bad monkey, and I even like the bad monkey quite a bit.

Was looking forward to this after your teasing in your other thread
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#5
Good choice. HNPD.
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#6
Quote by Dave_Mc
Nice, I've heard good things about this one. I know it's meant to be a "better" bad monkey, and I even like the bad monkey quite a bit.

Was looking forward to this after your teasing in your other thread

Well, a 'better' Bad Monkey seems to be all I wanted.

Other than that if you're using these TS/SD-1-style pedals I think there isn't that much of a difference to justify spending more than 100€.
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#7
Does the CM stand for Crazy Monkey?
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#8
The Hardwire series are pretty impressive from what I've heard. I like how they have both flexibility and quality to the tone of their pedals.
Nice buy.
#9
I loved my CM2. I also boosted my SL-X with it. Very nice sound.

HNPD dude, enjoy!
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I loved my CM2. I also boosted my SL-X with it. Very nice sound.

HNPD dude, enjoy!

'Nice' isn't exactly a term I'd describe an SL-X' tone with.
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Quote by JesusCrisp
Well, a 'better' Bad Monkey seems to be all I wanted.

Other than that if you're using these TS/SD-1-style pedals I think there isn't that much of a difference to justify spending more than 100€.


that's my feeling too (though admittedly I haven't tried any of the really expensive ones much as a boost )

plus a lot of the boutique ts-types have tweaks to make them work better as a standalone od. If you're just using it as a boost it's fine as-is, if you ask me, for most situations.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#12
Quote by Dave_Mc
that's my feeling too (though admittedly I haven't tried any of the really expensive ones much as a boost )

plus a lot of the boutique ts-types have tweaks to make them work better as a standalone od. If you're just using it as a boost it's fine as-is, if you ask me, for most situations.

Well, the VFE for example had high/bass-cut knobs, which are useful if you're using it as a boost, but in the end the Hardwire or a Bad Monkey can do kind of the same for less than half the price.
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#13
yeah i was actually going to make that point but was too lazy as you said, the two most useful mods (adding back in the bass and/or making the mid hump a bit less prominent) are available on off-the-shelf not-boutique pedals.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Quote by JesusCrisp
'Nice' isn't exactly a term I'd describe an SL-X' tone with.


Ah you know what I mean

I used the CM2 with a slight push to the bass frequencies (my cab I used was loaded with Screamin' Eagles) and that really had the Marshall singing.
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