HardWire TL-2 Metal Distortion 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: 8.2 (78 votes)
DigiTech: HardWire TL-2 Metal Distortion
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Sound — 10
As I said, it has an awesome Metallica sound. It actually can recreate any sound you wish, depends on the quality of your guitar, and the amp settings. The TL-2 also has a pretty handy Tight-Loose switch. Tight mode for more heavy tones and the Loose mode sounds best at detuned guitars. The distortion sounds awesome. No noise at all with humbuckers. The quality of the crunch stays the same, not as the cheaper pedals. The TL-2 also has 'True-Bypass'. This means when it is turned off, the whole pedal is deactivated. Off = off. So it isn't necessary to remove the cable from the input in the pedal. But I recommend doing that, since I'm not sure.

Overall Impression — 10
As I said I mostly play Metallica. I've been playing the guitar and bass for over 1 and a half year, and I've had three distortion pedals. My favorite feature is the amount of knobs it has; Level - High, Low - Mid, Freq - Gain - Thight Loose switch. Inside the box are: TL-2 pedal, Stomplock - Glow in the dark sticker for the footswitch - Velcro tape - Owners manual - Registration card. Overall Impression: Best (Metal) Distortion on the market.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It is made out of lightweight steel/metal. So is the footswitch. The knobs are also made out of steel. So it won't break. The TL-2 also comes with a so-called 'StompLock'. This is a piece of rubber/plastic which you can place over the knobs, this prevents that the knobs turn around while carrying it, or if it falls to the ground. No backup needed if you play gigs. Recommend putting on the piece of Velcro tape if you're using a pedalboard.

Ease of Use — 10
Since it has a lot knobs and function, it's pretty hard to get the sound you like. But if you know how to tweak your guitar, pedal and amp, you should do fine. I mostly play Metallica, and a decent Metallica fan knows that their guitar tone changes within each album. The sound the TL-2 recreates best is the tone from Metallica's earlier albums.

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