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Digitech Hardwire Series SC-2 Valve Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The DigiTech SC-2 HardWire valve distortion pedal captures the full spectrum from today to yesterday: from classic rock crunch to modern high-gain sounds, and all the flavors in between. Crunch/Satur... Read More

Overview

The DigiTech SC-2 HardWire valve distortion pedal captures the full spectrum from today to yesterday: from classic rock crunch to modern high-gain sounds, and all the flavors in between. Crunch/Saturated mode switch, level, gain and low and high tone controls allow you to use the SC-2 pedal to further tailor your sound.

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 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 Crunch/Scoop 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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty. 6 year extended warranty for X series if registered by customer.


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4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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Hardwire SC-2 Valve Distortion

Taking a liking to DigiTech pedals really pays off when a rockin' distortion box like this comes along. Being an owner of the Hot Head, I decided to upgrade to the SC-2,...Read complete review

Taking a liking to DigiTech pedals really pays off when a rockin' distortion box like this comes along. Being an owner of the Hot Head, I decided to upgrade to the SC-2, and I'm impressed. High-voltage output goes great with my Les Paul's humbuckers, the lighter 'Crunch' setting is great for softer practice and the 'Saturated' setting is perfect for going gain-insane. The pedal itself is slightly larger than DigiTech's previous distortion/X-series pedals, it's got a blue LED brighter than a mother, and the tone is to die for. The SC-2's superior tone goes great with my Crybaby (535Q) wah, and improved locking knobs make it easier to dial in the sweet settings that make your amp sing. Handy, pedalboard-specific features, like a pedalboard pad, footswitch glow sticker and a setting-saving Stomplock add to the already spectacular pedal. This pedal at max gain is less insane than the Hot Head, but holds it's own with quality tone and plenty of dirt. Play it, own it, love it.

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horrible pedal

So after reading the reviews on this pedal I thought it would be a good buy, I was wrong. I went to the store, picked it up, plugged it in, and hated...Read complete review

So after reading the reviews on this pedal I thought it would be a good buy, I was wrong. I went to the store, picked it up, plugged it in, and hated the sound I was getting. I tried for hours to get a good sound, but nothing I dialed in sounded good. It doesn't have a whole lot of gain, it can't do the harder stuff. And it doesn't matter where you put the gain, it sounds real bright. The only thing I liked about it was the true bypass, it is true that allot of pedals drain your sound. But just run some of your effects through a loop, or get a boost pedal, but don't buy this pedal.

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5.0

Hardwire Valve Distrotion RULES!

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from Waterford, NJ

I was looking for a more versatile distortion pedal for my electric rig (to replace my old DS-1 and I FOUND it with THIS! It's an AWESOME pedal. I can use either a tight, crunchy metal distortion or a more sweet (but heavy) overdriven "classic rock" tone by just changing some settings. The Hi/Low EQ makes all the tonal range difference. When I kick in the Low EQ, the pedal ROCKS... more Hi EQ, it SCREAMS! I recommend THIS pedal for anyone looking for something more versatile than the average DS-1 from Boss OR for that classic overdriven Marshall tone (which I like BOTH) If YOU like either of these, then get THIS pedal, it's ROCKS!

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5.0

Boss buyers beware.. this is the real deal!!!!

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from Spokane, WA

Just got this and Im blown away. It makes my little SS amp sound tub'ish. Its a very organic sounding distortion that throws the classic marshall tone to die for. Its that perfect rock tone.. heres the kicker.. roll back the gain and a strat just purrrrrs through it. This pedal is so versatile.. its moved my OD pedal off the board. Getting ready to get the metal pedal next...the Boss power stack sounds like mashed taters compared to this thing.. Tone snobs beware. If you over look this because its a Digitech product.. you will miss out!!!!!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Used with 5150

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from Detroit, Michigan

I am in a cover band and needed more diversity out of my metal amp. I wanted to have the crunch of my amp but be able to switch to a more conservative tone. This inexpensive beauty shines for ZZ Top to Soundgarden. I recently tried some recording and surprising to me my DigiTech overdrive pedal sounded better in the mix then the 5150 lead channel, more life and character. I did a shoot out with a OCD and this thing sounds as good just less diverse. It did break on me though. The little rubber thing that presses that switch inside of the pedal fell off. It was an easy fix just glued it back on and it has worked ever since.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tank Pedal

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from Boonville, MO

Thank God for true bypass! I bought a Gibson Les Paul Classic in Feb. 2009 and wanted to get a good distortion pedal to get things started. Unfortunately, I got a Boss DS-1. Don't get me wrong, the DS-1 is a great pedal but I purchased it before I learned about the tonal differences of true bypass versus regular digital bypass. Much to my dismay, I discovered the the DS-1 greatly, to me at least, changed my LP's tone. This wouldn't do, since I bought the Gibson LP Classic for it's tone. I want a beefy sounding guitar that sings both while distorted and while in bypass. Well, I soon discovered that true bypass is the way to go to avoid tone sucking. Man, am I glad I found the Digitech Hardwire series. This pedal is amazing so far. To start things off, it is eye catching. The outer cassing is sleek and stylish and just begs you to play through it. It is also built like a tank and will hold up to heavy usage. This Valve distortion does not tone suck like many of the digital pedals out there and it is also much more versatal. I especially love the metal knobs and the toggle between crunch and saturated tones. I am able to dial in the specific sound that I want using the tone knobs and get the amount of distortion I want at any volume. This pedal provides much more defined low and mid ranges than many other pedals I have tried. I was even impressed with the packaging and little extras (i.e. a rubber knob cover to keep the settings from getting mashed around while in heavy use, and a hook and groove piece to stick it to a pedal board). The Digitech Hardwire Valve Distortion is a great pedal for someone who is looking to maintain a great tone when the pedal is screaming or when it is in bypass. Great work Digitech, you have made a great a pedal here.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal

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from Charleston, SC

I bought this pedal to use with my Blackheart Handsome Devil Head and Marshall Haze Cab. This pedal can be used from very slight distortion to almost metal when used in conjunction with driving the amp into distortion. This pedal is not too much nor too little, it is the best all around pedal for distortion I have ever used.

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(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

horrible pedal

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from oklahoma

So after reading the reviews on this pedal I thought it would be a good buy, I was wrong. I went to the store, picked it up, plugged it in, and hated the sound I was getting. I tried for hours to get a good sound, but nothing I dialed in sounded good. It doesn't have a whole lot of gain, it can't do the harder stuff. And it doesn't matter where you put the gain, it sounds real bright. The only thing I liked about it was the true bypass, it is true that allot of pedals drain your sound. But just run some of your effects through a loop, or get a boost pedal, but don't buy this pedal.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So much tube distortion, such a little box

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from LA, CA

Don't get me wrong, I'm a HUGE fan of distortion, but there's nothing I hate more than fake sounding distortion. I bought a pedal about the same price (sorry, I can't remember the company, and I already sold it), and it sounded like I was getting the distortion from a pedal. THIS pedal sound like a little switch that turns up the tubes on your amp. I love it. I also love the variety of it. You can have a little distortion, you can have a lot. Heavy bass, more treble, whatever. This thing is great, especially for the price. And personally, I don't think there's anything better. I spent 1 1/2 hours finding this and comparing it to other pedals, and this was my clear favorite!

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5.0

Marshall Sound in an affordable Digitech pedal

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from New Cumberland, WV

To make a long story short: I had a Marshall Jackhammer pedal that was in my rig for 2 years.. Getting older, had to retire the Halfstack and go with a combo... The tube combo amp I have has a great clean sound, but the overdrive channel left alot to be desired...I had that Marshall sound with the Jackhammer, but it had alot of backround noise when I used it in rig... I saw a demo of the SC-2 on Youtube, and was blown away.. Tone is very important to me, This will be the last distortion pedal you'll ever buy!!!!!! Reminds me of my old JCM900....

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5.0

Hopped up british distortion

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from Nicholasville, Kentucky

I use this pedal with my Peavey Windsor 100 watt all tube head and a Gibson Les Paul Studio (stock)to a 400 watt 4x12 cab. The Windsor is notorious for only having one channel similar to the Marshall JCM series heads. So Im basically using this pedal to boost the tube distortion from my head. I can still get plenty of bottom end and lovely rich British overtones. This pedal is universal enough to do crunchy palm mutes that go along with punk rock and without changing any settings hit open notes that will ring out with overtones for days! Its a very versatile pedal and with a tube amp at the other end of it you will notice ridiculous dynamics according to your playing style. Its a tone chasers dream The tone dial cover is the best idea I have ever seen Get this if you have a tube head and want a professional sound. I give it 5 stars

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding for tube amps!

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from Springfield, MO

I just got this pedal and am completely thrilled. I have it in front of my Mesa Boogie Express 5:50 1x12 combo along with the Hardwire Chorus. I got this pedal because I wanted an overdrive that was somewhat medium gain for my clean channel, and a boost for my Burn channel. It sounds amazing. On it's own, through the clean channel, I can make this thing sound almost like amp's burn channel. This is replacing a tone-sucking Boss DS-1 that I had in a chain of other Boss pedals. With true bypass on the Hardwire pedals, my strat's tone shine's though beautifully.

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