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DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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The DigiTech HardWire Series TL-2 is a metal distortion pedal that lets you pick your poison. Metal can come at you fast with tight low-end and a cru...Click To Read More About This Product

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Blazing metal distortion with true bypass.

The DigiTech HardWire Series TL-2 is a metal distortion pedal that lets you pick your poison. Metal can come at you fast with tight low-end and a crunching top—or stalk you slowly with a low, throaty roar that sizzles on the high end. The TL-2 distortion pedal's Tight/Loose switch controls the "tightness" of the low end and adjusts the midrange frequency to provide the best overall tone. Level, Gain, and Low, Mid and High tone controls with sweepable midrange allow you to dial in any tone with ease.

The HardWire pedals series represents the DigiTech 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 intact.

The rugged, durable construction of Extreme Performance Pedals is just the beginning. Inside each 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, and 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 pedal board Pad to attach and lock your pedals to your pedal board

FEATURES
  • True Hardwire bypass
  • Constant high-voltage rails
  • 2-position Tight/Loose voicing switch
  • 1/4" input and output
  • Level, gain, low, mid, 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
    • Custom-cut Hook and Loop pedal board Pad to attach and lock your pedals to your pedal board
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    DigiTechHardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
     
    4.6

    (based on 48 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound quality (7)
    • Responsive (5)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Compact (3)
    • Good selection of effects (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (6)
    • Performances (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Metal magic

    This pedal has really good controls how ever the only issue I have with it is the gain even turned all the way off never turns off.

    Not a deal breaker...Read complete review

    This pedal has really good controls how ever the only issue I have with it is the gain even turned all the way off never turns off.

    Not a deal breaker just a flaw for me...

    I own a Death Metal pedal by Digitech and ironically the gain is said to be on all the time yet when the gain dial is turned down (not off) the tone sounds less thrashy compared to the Hardwire.

    I have only had the Hardwire a short time and really like the controls and switch between tight and loose...The tight selection works for me vs the loose which seems a little too muddy for my tastes.

    This pedal sounds great just doing appegio note picking vs the chunky bass drop D notes.
    Hardwire has much better tone sculting vs the Death Metal pedal but both are great for playing modern metal or lead solo boost.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    no sir I don't like it

    I got this on a whim at a guitar shop, and immediately hated it. I've played an RG, and Exit 22, a dean vmnt, and a jackson KE3 through it with both...Read complete review

    I got this on a whim at a guitar shop, and immediately hated it. I've played an RG, and Exit 22, a dean vmnt, and a jackson KE3 through it with both a crate flexwave 212 and a tech 21 tm30 amp, and I can't find any good sound with it. It also adds a LOT of volume to the guitar, which is really annoying because I live in an apartment.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing sound!

    By Bcshredder

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    If your searching for the perfect petal for metal.STOP! This is it. Any sound sound you want can be had with this bad boy.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    mean as a snake

    By Oldpunkguy

    from Long island new york

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Can't Turn Off Gain

    Best Uses

    • To Melt Faces

    Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I love the EQ and the tight-loose switch. good sounding metal pedal but I could tame it to get a mid 70's rock thing(Boston,Cheap Trick). Can't stop gain completely but it is a METAL PEDAL! Got it on the cheap. If anything I can throw it at the crowd. Its like 3LBS!!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Metal magic

    By Just J

    from RI

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    Pros

    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal has really good controls how ever the only issue I have with it is the gain even turned all the way off never turns off.

      Not a deal breaker just a flaw for me...

      I own a Death Metal pedal by Digitech and ironically the gain is said to be on all the time yet when the gain dial is turned down (not off) the tone sounds less thrashy compared to the Hardwire.

      I have only had the Hardwire a short time and really like the controls and switch between tight and loose...The tight selection works for me vs the loose which seems a little too muddy for my tastes.

      This pedal sounds great just doing appegio note picking vs the chunky bass drop D notes.
      Hardwire has much better tone sculting vs the Death Metal pedal but both are great for playing modern metal or lead solo boost.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME

      By JAMSESH

      from Boston, Mass.

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Durable Construction
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Hard Rock
      • Metal

      Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This thing sounds amazing right out of the box. It took me a little fidgeting to get my tone down (there are like six knobs and a switch) but since then WOW. I own a stock Metal Zone MT-2 also and this thing makes the MT-2 sound like rubbish. The Digi has better pinch harmonics, sounds more "real", and just rocks way harder.

      Buy it! Anyway, at least don't buy the MT-2 over it. Sorry, but I haven't tried many other metal boxes to compare it to.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Hardwire TL-2 Metal Distortion

      By Charlie Simmons

      from Bowling Green.Ky

      Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This Pedal has amazing features.It has a very wide spectrum of tones that can be produced. It has a high,low, and mid range that you can mess with.You can control the level(volume).You can also control the gain(or how much distortion is in your tone).You can also go as far with the tone as to go back and forth between a tight or a loose tone by simply flipping a switch on the pedal. It comes with a glow in the dark sticker that you can put on it.Also provided my Hardwire is a velcrow pad, just in case your going to put it on a pedal board or something like that.
      Its a very well build pedal....very strong aswell
      With all the options you get with this pedal, compared to others its a great value.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What the Boss Metal Zone should be!

      By sorteal

      from Louisville, KY

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      Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal is down right amazing! A constant problem I've found with "Metal" distortion pedals is that they sound great at low to mid volumes but when you have to turn the volume up (for say a gig) the sound goes to hell really quick (and NOT in a good way). This pedal does not have that problem!! I also own the Digitech Death Metal pedal, which I love, but at high volumes it gives off an insane amount of feedback, but this pedal does not! I've been hunting for a really great metal distortion pedal for what seems like an eternity and I was convinced that I was just gonna have to break the bank and get a Peavey 6505+ head before I'd get a really great distortion sound but this pedal has proven me wrong!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A total surprise!

      By Ultrageek5050

      from Provo, utah

      Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Most Metal pedals just have tons of gain and bass and no real tone. this pedal actually has a tube like tone the sounds is tight and punchy it doesn't have that nasty sounding sizzle and out of control gain. this distortion pedal is very refined and very well priced. i've only had this pedal for an hour and i was just so blown away and had to write a review, i never write reviews! f your a metal head get this pedal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      All-around great sound.

      By NashobaGuitar

      from Colorado

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      Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I own a Digitech Metal Master and when I got that, I thought that it was the greatest distortion pedal in the multi-verse. Then, Digitech released this monster. On other distortion pedals (Metal Master included), I always spent a lot of time tweaking them to find the sweet spot. However, I did not have to do that with this pedal. For me, however I set it gives me a great, useable sound. Throw in the Loose-Tight switch and you get even more sounds. This pedal was also the first one that I didn't have to max out the gain for my music. Solid construction and even a little cover for the knobs to ensure that you won't accidentally change your settings.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love This Pedal

      By Dick G.

      from Louisville KY

      See all my reviews

      Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I bought mine at a music store down the road. The guy told me about Hardwire n talked really highly of the brand. I had been using my Boss Heavy Metal Pedal. A good pedal in it's own right but pales in comparrison to the Hardwire. It's settings are amazing. The tight loose switch gives you big fat tone or higher mid range tone. A lot of thought went into the design of this pedal. From the knobs to the stomp lock ( rubber guard for the knobs) this thing was drawn up rite. This is the real deal.
      You can get so many sounds out of this thing. It is unreal. The features on this pedal are second to none. Tight loose switch, 3 band eq ( mid set-up and distortion tuning), stomp lock which I love, and is a little wider than some other pedals out there. So that makes it little easier to access.
      It is a good sounding rugged pedal.
      Paying this price for this pedal is WELL worth it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Live music

      By Necrowolfen

      from San Juan, PR

      Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I ordered this pedal without knowing the great quality in sound it has, It's definitely an absolutely clean metal sound... I haven't record with it so I don't know if is good for recording, but for a live clean, heavy, punch metal sound it's perfect.

       
      5.0

      The best sounding versatile distortion I've ever tried

      By Mainmat

      from Missouri

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Little Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      It's easy to tell, it out-performs any other distortion I've used or tried out. Definitely worth the money if you like 'clean' distortion.

       
      4.0

      Try it out for your self

      By Audie

      from Seattle, WA

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I definitely love this pedal!

         
        5.0

        Very Versatile

        By Sam Iam

        from USA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Very tweekable, just take some time to dial in your sound.

           
          5.0

          everyone should get one or two!

          By jciturr

          from Fort Lauderdale, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Im very impressed by this pedal. I wasn't specting much but it turned out to be one of my favorite pedals. I had very expensive pedals and this one takes it by far. It sounds like an amp! Complex heavy distortion. Very nice useful eq, tons of usable gain, true bypass. Just get it!

           
          5.0

          Great for metal and hard rock

          By distratman

          from Hamburg, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Barg-a-loon
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is IS YOUR FACE!! Very responsive knobs. Bass/treble really work. Sweep mid gets lots of cool sounds. Gain at 0 is like some other pedals on 10. Gain at 10 is more than enough for anything I can think of. Really nice for metal stuff...I wouldn't use it for Blues if ya know what I mean!!! Built really tough and easy battery replacement. The rubber tone loc thing is a good idea too, so you don't knock the knobs with your big feet in the heat of the moment!! We'll see if that thing becomes a nuisance or not.

             
            4.0

            Great pedal.....needs the power adapter.

            By Ramon

            from undisclosed

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Loved the pedal...got some great effects... Made like a tank... But a power adapter should be included, particularly since it requires a specific type which can run more then you might imagine.

               
              5.0

              This a great pedal!!!

              By Laura91

              from Indiana

              Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              After playing this pedal for an hour, both in a death metal and harsh noise context I am very impressed. I've had the Boss Metal Zone, the BBE Crusher, and the MXR Doubleshot at various times and this pedal blows all of them out of the water. The EQ setup, while being similar to the Metal Zone is much more effective in my opinion.

               
              5.0

              Returned to Manufacturer

              By SCOTT-Vsrtf

              from KC, KS

              Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Purchased in May09 and the device intermittently causes the pedals on my board to fail and then the distortion cuts out like I de-activated the pedal. Sent into the manufacturer under warranty. This is my 2nd Hardwire Metal pedal. The first one I returned to the retailer because the knobs were sticking to each other. Hopefully they repair my pedal and send it back to me functioning properly.

               
              5.0

              Amazing

              By Sweeper69

              from Tennessee

              Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I am in a death-break core band and at a show I had to use A metal master (also a good pedal).Then after the show I went and tested this pedal I was floored. This Pedal Is where its at.

               
              5.0

              METALAHOLIC

              By Vitoline

              from Washington

              Comments about DigiTech Hardwire Series TL-2 Metal Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I've been playing all my life, my blood runs METAL and this is by far one of the best Metal Pedals I have ever used, I owned one before loved it it broke just bought a new one!

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