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DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Overview
  • True Hardwire bypass
  • Constant high-voltage rails
  • 2-position Classic/Modified voicing switch
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    $139.95
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A hot-rodded overdrive pedal featuring true bypass.

The DigiTech HardWire CM-2 is a tube overdrive pedal that has what you're looking for, whether you need a little gain in front of your clean combo or just some boost into your distorted tube head. The CM-2 pedal's Classic/Modified option switches between classic overdrive circuitry for a smooth overdriven tube sound to a fatter, hot-rodded tone with extra gain without stepping on your signature tone. Low and High tone controls open up endless sonic possibilities.

The DigiTech HardWire pedal series represents DigiTech's commitment to quality and attention to subtle details. In addition to technical enhancements like true bypass and high voltage operation, all HardWire pedals feature rugged, all-metal construction; a wide, stage-stable footprint; durable, custom-machined metal knobs for a sure grip; and precision potentiometers that guarantee knob positions will stay put.

The rugged, durable construction of Extreme Performance Pedals is just the beginning. Inside each DigiTech HardWire pedal are technological features that serious players require—all updated and improved to their utmost capacity. True bypass preserves the purity of your original tone as signal passes through the pedal. High voltage operation further protects your sound by eliminating clipping and other signal degradation caused by power drain.

With the high-output pickups found on some electric guitars, it's not unusual to hear clipping when playing through an effects pedal. This occurs when the voltage range produced by a guitar's pickup is greater than the operating voltage of the effects pedal—normally limited to the voltage supplied by the effect's battery or power supply. HardWire pedals incorporate circuitry that increases the operating voltage headroom above that of the typical pedal. As such, HardWire pedals benefit a wider range of guitars and are also at home in an amplifier's effects loop.

HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories:
Stomplock™ knob guard locks your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage
Pedal Switch Glow Sticker helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting
Custom-cut Hook and Loop Pedalboard Pad to attach and lock your pedals to your pedalboard

Features
  • True Hardwire bypass
  • Constant high-voltage rails
  • 2-position Classic/Modified voicing switch
  • 1/4" input and output
  • Level, gain, low, and high tone controls
  • 9V DC battery operation
  • Optional PS200R adapter compatible
HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories:
  • Stomplock™ knob guard locks your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage
  • Pedal Switch Glow Sticker helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting

Whether you need a little gain in front of your clean combo or some boost into your distorted tube head, the HardWire Tube Overdrive has what you're looking for. Order now!

 
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DigiTechHardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 34 reviews)

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  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Versatile (3)

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Digitech creates a Grail pedal.

      Rare is it that an effects pedal manufacturer makes a singularly historic pedal. Some folks refer to these as "Grail pedals". You know what I mean; one of THOSE...Read complete review

      Rare is it that an effects pedal manufacturer makes a singularly historic pedal. Some folks refer to these as "Grail pedals". You know what I mean; one of THOSE pedals. Like the Ibanez TS808...or the Boss DS-1 and MT-2. Or like the Cry-baby Wah. All produce a signature tone so brilliant that it stands head-and-shoulders above other effects pedals. Digitech...who has produced solidly good pedals for years...and has even logged a couple of Historic-level effects (the Whammy and the Space Station) has finally created an overdrive pedal that deserves to be logged into the Legend book. I'm talking about the Hardwire CM-2 Tube Overdrive pedal. Sure, their Bad Monkey pedal made some excellent tones...but it just lacked that little extra to make it a Grail pedal. Well...the CM-2 has no such shortcoming. This pedal's tones are every bit as mind-blowing as my TS808. To be fair, the CM-2 actually offers up more tonal diversity than the TS808. The boutique design of the pedal makes it very attractive...and it just oozes appeal. The two band EQ works surprisingly well. In particular, one of the CM-2's strengths is how much Low-end it will push. Candidly, in three decades of playing guitar, I've never encountered a pedal with this much low-end adjustment or PUSH. Though made in China, this pedal's quality is quite good. Mine came with some scuffs on the matte paint that are only visible when you really look closely. Other than that, everything is spot on. I've got custom pedals that don't do what the CM-2 does; THAT is just how good this pedal really is. I consider this pedal to be one of those rare Grail effects...one whose tonal output is simply mind-blowing. Good job Digitech!

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      Big Disapointment

      Well, I really wanted to like this pedal, I've got a Bad Monkey and a JT Pedal Valve Boy (uses 2 12ax7's). I will only compare this to the Bad Monkey....Read complete review

      Well, I really wanted to like this pedal, I've got a Bad Monkey and a JT Pedal Valve Boy (uses 2 12ax7's). I will only compare this to the Bad Monkey. Big Disapointment is all I can say, I've returned it to purchase a second bad monkey and use them in series. This Pedal Does color your sound unlike the bad monkey which is transparent.Not only does it color your sound, its down right muddy when using it at resonable volumes. I'm using a Class A tube amp (Gibson GA40RVT)which sounds fantastic on its own and sounds just as great with a Bad Monkey in front of it, but the Hardwire Overdrive would not produce a transparent sound. Could not get the mud out. Also although its built great and looks great, it in fact does not weigh nearly as much as the slightly smaller Bad Monkey. I'm a tone freak, and was really wanting to like this pedal because of the True Bypass.. My conclusion is "True Bypass" may be over rated. I'm just going to keep the Monkey's pluged in to my One Spot and call it good.. Make up your own minds but if your looking for transparency.. this aint it..

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      5.0

      Very versatile tube overdrive

      By derek zurovetz

      from Okc

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            Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This awesome tube overdrive does everything that the classic TS pedals do, but it has all the mods that players have tended to do i.e, added tone control and variable gain settings already done for you, and it won't cost an arm and a leg. It's like a bad monkey on steroids! It will give you the subtle boosted overdrive that pushes the front end of a gritty tube amp, all the way to a powerful crunch. In short, you need this OD!

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            5.0

            Very Solid Pedal

            By mmopie79

            from Burkburnett, TX

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Versatile

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              Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Pedal is built very solid! You can dial in a wide variety of tones, smooth and mellow to some nasty crunch. It has met all expectations so far, and I would definitely recommend this pedal.

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              5.0

              Better than the best!

              By Lucasf89

              from Winston-Salem, NC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Inexpensive
              • Not too big
              • Versatile

              Cons

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                  Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I have been using this pedal for a solid 3 years now, played dozens of shows with it, stomped on it over and over again and it continues to deliver. If you're thinking about buying some fancy Tubescreamer re-issue, save your money and buy this. It is fat, warm and toneful, transparent enough to let your guitar shine through, but not so transparent that it doesn't sound good on the clean channel of an amp. The bass and treble controls that replace a global "tone" control are far superior for tone shaping, in my opinion. I have tried other pedals like the BB Pre-Amp, AC Booster, OCD, TS-808's, this pedal is just as good if not better. It never leaves my board.

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                  5.0

                  Excelent overdrive for guitar AND BASS

                  By EJ Lynch guitars fan

                  from Redding, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Genius Design
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Great For Bass
                  • Nice Range Of Gain
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Kind Of Bulky

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                    Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I really liked this overdrive on my guitar. It's pretty close to a TS808 in my opinion, but with more gain, and more options with the Classic/Modern switch. I was so thrilled today when I found out it works great with bass! Many guitar overdrive pedals don't and I was expecting to have to spend a bunch more money to get an Aguilar or EBS overdrive for my bass, but I read some reviews that it does great on bass, and doesn't suck out your low end like a lot of other pedals. It's true!!! I used it on a set today, and I loved it! Probably the best overdrive you can get for your bass in this price range. I'm so impressed. Digitech, wow! And the design is just genius. I mean I don't think anyone has thought of the unique features they have. They really do an amazing job in designing pedals. They have so many nice features you just never see in so called "boutique" pedals.

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                    5.0

                    One of the Best!

                    By srichey67

                    from Texas

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                          Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          I have been playing guitar for 30 years and have owned all of the major brand overdrive units as well as several boutique pedals. I dont know how this one has escaped me for so long. This pedal to me has that high quality crunch/overdrive sound that I was looking for. The EQ knobs solve the problem of the midrange spike that the tube screamer has. Its not super fizzy like a BOSS. And with the two modes, you can almost consider this a distortion pedal as well. Lots of modern gain in the saturation mode. Just an incredible pedal. I'm buying a couple more of these to just put up as I hear they are discontinuing this line. I run this right after my RC Booster and it has become my main overdrive unit. Excellent!

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Hardwire OD beats TS9DX in A/B

                          By Greg

                          from The cold up north

                          Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          A couple times a year, I get my TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer out of the closet and A/B it on my pedalboard with the Hardwire CM-2 Overdrive. After about 10 minutes, the TS9DX goes back in the closet. To my ears, the Hardwire seems fuller, brighter (if you want it), and more dynamic. The bass and treble tone EQ makes a big difference. OD pedals and tube amps are a personal taste thing, but I still prefer the Hardwire.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Hardwire Pedals are Great!

                          By mrfiddle

                          from South Florida

                          Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          I've had a Hardwire Delay pedal for a few years now, and if I could only have one pedal, that would be it. Its a shame that the Hardwire line has been dropped by Digitech. I assume to consolodate their line and promote the new iStomps.
                          The Hardwire pedals are very well made, sound great and do what they're supposed to do. The only issue I have is with the velcro that comes with the pedal. It doesn't stick to the bottom strongly enough to not remain stuck to the pedal board when I remove the pedal. I had to use the "industiral" velcro from Home Depot to do the job correctly.

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                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Tasty

                          By Mark Heinonen

                          from Undisclosed

                          Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          This pedal is amazing! It gave me some tasty tones with the eq set flat! Start messing with the eq and what you have is just GRAVY!

                          Like I said...built like a tank and the controls feel great!

                          Deffinitly worth the money!
                          This is an amazing pedal the only thing lacking in features is a middle position on the switch
                          BEAST This thing is built like a tank and everything about it feels SOLID. The knobs are perforated and turn with ease wich is why the stomplock is a big bonus
                          For the money...you cant get any better

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                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Good Tube Driver

                          By JT-fHxV_

                          from san diego

                          Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          Its a good pedal, i was looking for a tube screamer to use on my new amp. I read the description and many reviews and i still wast sure if i would get this or some boutique pedal, but i took a leap and got it. I have to say I'm very happy with it, is warm and you can get it from a slight boost to a slightly crunchy tone.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          My go to pedal - almost always on

                          By Dr Z

                          from Columbia, MO

                          Comments about DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          After reading good reviews in a few magazines I purchased a HardWire CM-2. One pedal purchase for which I have no regrets. It is first in my overdrive/distortion chain and is on 90% of the time. I use it in the classic setting most of the time only because the modern is voiced like another pedal further down the chain. The CM-2 give me a great on the edge tube overdrive that cleans up nicely when playing softer and gets thick and "tubey" when I dig in. I may swap other pedals in and out, but this one stays on my board!

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