Hot Head Distortion review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (67 votes)
DigiTech: Hot Head Distortion

Price paid: £ 21.99

Purchased from: Online seller

Sound — 8
I use an Epiphone Les Paul Standard and (shamefully) a B.B. Blaster 10W amp. There is absolutely no noise whatsoever, and that is no exaggeration. My amp is very noisy as an amp, but hooked up to this pedal, there's absolutely no noise at all other than your playing. Crystal clear sound. The distortion itself is excellent. I play Metallica, System Of A Down, Nickelback, some Rammstein, and RHCP. This pedal can achieve sounds suitable to all of those. It doesn't emulate the sounds of the bands themselves, but it can get a very nice sound suitable for that song. While there isn't as much distortion as some other higher-gain pedals that DigiTech offer, there is plenty to satisfy all but the uber-brutal-metal-heads.

Overall Impression — 9
This pedal can handle rock, punk, metal, you name it, and it handles them all very well. The Mixer output is handy for direct recording and a good range of sounds can be easily set. I looked at numerous other pedals, including the Boss DS-1, and found this one to impress me the most. While not being a top-of-the-range model for pros, I strongly recommend this pedal, and at this price you get much, much more than what you pay for.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I have yet to gig, so I can't comment on gigging. But I would use this at a gig without hesitation. It's a brick of metal, and elephant could sit on this and not break it. It's a solid piece of equipment. The input and output jacks are secure. It's a very well built bit of kit.

Ease of Use — 10
Very easy to use. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Level to control the output volume. Low to cut/boost the low frequencies. High to cut/boost the high frequencies. Gain to adjust the gain (duh...). There's also a second output labelled "Mixer" - by using cabinet-emulating circuitry, it is possible to hook the pedal up to a recording station or laptop for direct recording. Achieveing a good sound is incredibly simple, as well as achieving a good range of sounds, too. Comes with a manual detailing suggested setings to get certain sounds from Digitech's whole range of pedals, as well as the usual bits and bobs such as basic usage of the pedal.

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    Simply put this will get you a great rock sound! Appropriate for 60s to 70s type rock/metal. More rock than metal. Don't let the cheap price fool you it's versatile and LOUD! Don't expect to do everything with it. If you wanna play some old Judas Priest, UFO, Motorhead, etc. you should be good. Buy it for what its for and you'll love it!
    i use this everytime i go to play, but for those who bought it and get a buzzing noise when u turn it on.. quick ask yourself if your using a battery because thats what the problem was for me. use a power adapter if u want to get rid of the buzzing noise. i prefer not to use a battery