2112 Studio Guitar System review by DigiTech

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  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Sound: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.3 (4 votes)
DigiTech: 2112 Studio Guitar System

Purchased from: The Tone Shop

Ease of Use — 10
Easy to use, just follow the manual... But if you can't get one, the DigiTech site has it where you can download it. I have the first edition of it, I'm keeping mine stock just like a classic car, for the sake posterity. The sounds of these classic units from DigiTech, to me, have a more convincing tube amp tone that is lacking in many of the new rack units of today. Many of the newer units don't have the dynamics that I love to have when I manipulate the volume or tone knobs on the guitar. A salesman at Guitar Center told me that the 2112 is very very soon, going to become a collectors item, as well as my RP-1 and 12. If any of you see them on eBay, jump on it, these are only going for under $500.00, US dollars.

Sound — 10
I play blues, 1980's metal, shred/neo classical metal, thrash, speed metal, classic rock ('60s, '70s, '80s) and fusion instrumental music. I'm running some old DigiTech RP-1 and RP-12 into the 2112. The RP-12 handles all the Distortion/Overdrive, with light modulation, the RP-1 handle the majority of the modulation (Chorus, Flanging), reverbs and delays.

I use the 2112 mainly as an amp head with light modulation, delay and reverb. The amp simulations I created are: Soldano Slo 100, VHT: Pittbull, Deliverance, Carvin X-100B, Legacy 1, 2, 3, and V3, Marshall: JCM 800, 900 and Mode Four, Mesa Boogie Mark 3, Mark 4 and Mark 5, Randall RG 80, War Head and RG 100, Fender Princeton, Bassman and Super Twin Reverb, Peavey JSX, Triple XXX and various Triple/Quad Rectified amp simulations.

The 2112 has a dual solid state and tube amp signal paths, that can be combined in any mixture of the two and you can create any amp ever made or some that aren't invented yet. The tube amp section with 10 band Graphic EQ with 30 pre amp sims, 12 tube amp distortions/overdrive types (with another 10 band EQ), the solid state section has 13 distortion/overdrive types (with another 10 band EQ).

  • Chorus types: Dual Chorus-10 types, Quad chorus-11 types, Octal Chorus-7 types and Stereo Dual Chorus-8 types.
  • Flangers types: Dual Flanger-11 types, Stereo Flanger-9 types.
  • Phaser types: Dual Phaser-10 types, Stereo Phaser-10 types
  • Detuners types: Dual Detuner-5 types, Quad Detuner-4 types, Octal Detuner-4 types, Stereo Dual Detuner-5 types.
  • Pitch Shifters: Whammy-4 types, Smooth Pitch-6 types, Dual Pitch-9 types, Quad Pitch-5 types, Octal Types -4 types, Stereo Pitch-7 types, Stereo Dual Pitch-8 types. Harmony-7 types.
  • Reverbs 50 + types, Rotary, Echoes, Delays, various 8, 15, 31 mono and stereo Graphic EQ's and 3 and 6 band mono and stereo Parametric EQ's.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This was made when DigiTech was at the fore front of the Effects Industry in the mid to late 1990's. I bought this 3 and a half years ago and it reminds me of my old Johnson Millenium 250 amp, that I had back in the 1990's, in fact, it is just like it. It's built to last (thanks to my rack case) and is great for delivering studio control and sound onto a live stage. My former band mate, who has the latest Rack 11 unit, is floored that DigiTech made a unit this good back in the 1990's. When we first started rehearsing, he looked at my pedalboard of old DigiTech floor units (RP-1 and RP-12), as I was setting it up, he was amazed at the quality of the sound from my old gear.

Overall Impression — 10
As I posted on this review, you can get any sound you want with this classic unit. I can get any amp type from any era... from the classic amps to the modern Rectified Monsters and beyond. It's like having 100 amps and it has two 12AX7 tubes in the circuits, to give it that organic tube tone. With the Control One pedal control board, I can call up any amp tone, love the expression to control the tube drive... you can do that while playing with old style amp. In fact, you can add another expression pedal on the Control One and another on the back of the DigiTech 2112 SGS... Which makes 3 expression pedals. I wish DigiTech would have added another input jack for stereo inputs.

7 comments sorted by best / new / date

    I almost bought this... so many recommended the Avid Eleven Rack, and so I bought one used at a very reasonable price.
    Good to know it's out there. I use a Boss GT-Pro 100, which is a rack mount. They don't make it anymore, and so if it breaks down I want something more affordable than a 2k axe fx.
    Question? I have a Digitech Gsp 21 rack mount. Super unit and I love it. 1992 it was made with pedalboard. I bought Gnx4 because of the overdrive and always listening for the "holy grail" of metal Real! Geniune Marshall amp sound. Which no preset ever has been able to achieve. I'am effects 'poor' you might say. Would you say that the new Digitech you are using can finally grap that Marshall tube sound? For an Easy one say the Guitar sound on the 1st Ramones album. Only the 1st. Has this crunch to it. They say you only get it in real conditions. Or Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Wheels of Confusion. Another Marshall only sound. I love Marshall Stacks! Thanks.
    Great Review, I'm still running the 2101 SP. If anything happens to it, I'll be sure to give the 12 a look.
    I forgot to add that this amp literally goes to 100. If you got any distortion or overdrive pedals going into amp, you may have to lower the distortion gain down to ten for rectified sound, 6 to 7 for 80's Metal and 4 to 5 for a late 60's / early 70's Hard Rock sound. You can get Fender cleans and everything in between.