The Holy Grail of Overdrives
By: Michael from Portland OR
Your general opinion of this product.
I've been using a TS9 tube screamer for years but wanted to try the Hardwire CM-2 overdrive based on how much I have liked my Hardwire RV-7 Stereo reverb pedal. The CM-2 turned out be better than I had hoped. It has much more gain and volume than the TS9 and having separate Low and High controls allows for unlimited tone variation while still keeping the true tone of the variety of guitars that I use. The Classic/Modified switch allows you to go from classic overdrive to higher gain settings that make a Strat and Tele really sing. Another really cool feature is to turn the gain all the way down which gives you a totally clean boost which I cannot get from the TS9.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Hardwire pedals are built like a tank and look like a work of art. Digitech had a real winner with this product line and it is a shame they have discontinued the Hardwire line.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
This box feels heavy which is probably a good thing. The knobs feel solid and precise.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
With the variety of settings available this overdrive is the most versatile I have tried. Even retains clarity at the highest gain settings on all notes and complex chords.
How was the action out of the box?
How did the stain or paint job look?
As mentioned above these pedals are true works of art. I really like the Blue LED. It looks really cool and bright on a dark stage. I could barely see the Red LED on my TS9.
How has it stood up over time?
I've only had the CM-2 for a few weeks but I've had the RV-7 Stereo pedal for two years and all the knobs and switches are still sturdy and functional.