HardWire CM-2 Tube Overdrive review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.7 (40 votes)
DigiTech: HardWire CM-2 Tube Overdrive

Price paid: $ 50

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
I use it in conjunction with a Jet City JCA 2112 combo and a 1978 Fender Mustang and the pedal does wonders for my sound. It is dead quiet and sounds Aweeeesoome. I mainly use it with the Jet city slightly overdriving or at the point of breakup and with this pedal it just thickens everything up and adds a whole lot of awesome to my sound. It's not very great as a clean boost because even with the gain knob all the way down, there is still a bit of gain. But overall a great pedal.

Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for about 2 years now and this has been one of the best purchases for me so far. I've compared it to a classic Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer, and I like the CM-2 more. Sounds much fuller and also there is a 2 band eq on it which is much more useful than the tone knob you can only get on a TS-9. Highly recommend it.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It has a very durable case. I've dropped it numerous times but barely and scratches on it. Nothing has ever come loose from it knobs are sturdy overall, well built pedal.

Ease of Use — 10
I got the pedal used so I don't have any manuals for it, but its very straightforward, Level, Gain, Bass, and Treble Controls. Also a classic and a modified side which produces more gain, I normally just stay on the Classic side.

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    Definitely I wouldn't use it as a boost pedal because it sounds goddamn beautiful. Number one choice for U2 songs imo.
    How does this one sound as a boost in front of a good tube amp? I'm considering getting something like a ValveKing or similar, inexpensive tube amp. I know from playing one that it doesn't have quite enough gain for the style of music I play, so I'm looking into maybe boosting it a little with a Tubescreamer-esque pedal. I have the TL-2 which sounds beastly on my solid state Carvin SX-200, so I have no questions about quality on this one, just tone.