HE-2 Hum Eliminator review by Ebtech

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.2 (5 votes)
Ebtech: HE-2 Hum Eliminator

Price paid: $ 90

Purchased from: Ebay

Sound — 10
My current setup is as follows: Highway 1 Strat, Dunlop GCB95, DigiTech WH4, DOD Tuna, Boss CS3, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff NYC Reissue, DigiTech Screamin' Blues, Electro-Harmonix Small Stone, Boss PH3, MXR Phase 90, DigiTech Digidelay, Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail, Electro-Harmonix Small Clone, Boss NS-2, Ebtech Hum Eliminator Box, Marshall TSL122. It removes all the noise and seems to add a little sparkle to my setup. The sound becomes brighter and sounds clearer than the guitar direct to amp setup. If you are not keen on light noises you might not appreciate this little wonder.

Overall Impression — 10
I play in 2 bands, an alternative/grunge band and a Rage Against The Machine tribute band. This device works well on my setup because having more than 3 pedals causes ground loop and a seemingly unsolvable hum. This device gets rid of that problem. If it were lost or stolen, I would definitely find ways to get hold of this pedal again.I can not find anything comparable to it in the market. My setup now is hauntingly quiet because of the combination of the Boss NS-2 and the Hum Eliminator Box.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This device is very durable and reliable. It is built in a metal box so it stands up well against abuse. I use it on gigs without backup at all. This box is rather rare in my country (Philippines) and I did not purchase it from here so I can not find a backup for it.

Ease of Use — 10
First of all, I'd like to clarify. This is not a pedal. This device is placed on audio signal chains to eliminate the hum caused by ground loops. It would not affect your overall tone at all. The manual pretty much explained everything. Other applications for this device was also found in the manual. To use this device, it is basically plug and play and see instant results.

5 comments sorted by best / new / date

    This bad little puppy is simply amazing at what it does. What makes it work so brilliantly is that it passes the signal through magnets rather than wires, leaving no room for fuzz/noise/hum to grow... as in mass-pedal chains. It's perfect and should be in any chain of 4 or more pedals (as this is not a pedal!)
    I actually need one of those! And it's not that expensive too! woot.
    Would this help reduce the noise level of a signal without any pedals in the chain? As in would it reduce any of the pre-feedback noise so there is near-silence when the instrument isn't being played but the volume is still on full on the guitar?
    yes that is exactly what it does. guitar pickups do hum as well especially if it is near other electronic devices such as radioes and tv or when you are not in contact with its metalic parts such as the strings.
    Does the Hum eliminator eliminate single-coil 60cycle hum? My Strat sound great except for this annoying buzz of single coils.