Effects Review: DigiTech HardWire CM-2 Tube Overdrive Pedal

Oscar Jordan of SMG Reviewing The HardWire CM-2 overdrive pedal from DigiTech

The DigiTech HardWire CM-2 is a tube overdrive pedal that knocked our socks off. This versatile effects stomper can accommodate everything from a little gain bump to enhance those bluesy tones to a killer turbo boost for that screaming distortion you’ve been looking for. The DigiTech HardWire pedal gives you true bypass and high voltage operation. It’s a well made and rugged all-metal casing that is wide enough for your big foot and looks like it can handle a beating. We can go on and on about the features but why not just watch Oscar Jordan explain it live on video, check it out….

From DigiTech: Overdrive should be transparent and responsive to your touch and the CM-2 Tube Overdrive offers this with two modes of operation: Classic and Modified. Classic is transparent and articulate while Modified adds more gain and a “bigger” low end.

MSRP: $139.95

Technical Specifications:


Input: 1/4” Unbalanced (Tip-Sleeve)
Input Impedance: 500 kOhms – effect on
Output: 1/4” Unbalanced (Tip-Sleeve)
Output Impedance: 1 kOhm – effect on


Level, Low, High, Gain knobs
Classic/Modified switch, On/Off foot switch

Power Requirements

Power Input: 9 VDC
Power Consumption: 220mW
Current Draw: 25mA
Battery Type: Single 9 VDC
Battery Life: 17 Hours

  • I’ll tune up better next time.

  • hey, when you’re shreddin’ the way you do the strat is gonna go a little outta tune! you can borrow my Boss Tu-2 if you want, 😉

  • is that a yamaha SG in the back? that’s a killer looking axe

  • Dan Coplan

    Great review – thorough and entertaining! Nice job going through the range of settings.

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