Produced from 1983 to 1991, the BOSS HM-2 Heavy Metal is a true legend in the history of distortion pedals. Its signature "chainsaw tone" with all knobs maxed is the defining voice of Swedish death metal, and the slightly milder sides of its personality can be heard on tracksfrom mainstream to shoegaze.
After years of requests from hardcore HM-2 fans, the iconic stomp is now reborn three decades later in a special Waza Craft edition. The HM-2W delivers the authentic analog sound of the original in all its glory, coupled with lots of modern refinements for enhanced performance.
• Special edition Waza Craft pedal for the ultimate BOSS tone experience
• Authentic HM-2 appearance
• Standard mode delivers the original HM-2 tone with lower noise and maximized level
• Custom mode provides a more aggressive sound variation with special Waza Craft tuning
• Premium buffer for clean and clear tone when bypassed
• BOSS five-year warranty
• 9V battery included
Dimensions (L x W x H): 129 x 73 x 59mm (5-1/8 x 2-7/8 x 2-3/8 inches)
Weight: 440g (1 lb)
Standard Mode: The Original HM-2 Sound
When the HM-2W is in Standard mode, the tone and response of the original HM-2 pedal is reproduced with 100-percent authenticity. BOSS also added some modern improvements without affecting the sound, including reducing the noise floor and expanding the maximum level by 3 dB. And with the premium Waza Craft buffer on board, the sound is improved when the pedal is bypassed. Cranking every knob all the way up is the sound of Swedish death metal, and you can conjure a wide range of tones for other styles with the sensitive distortion and color controls.
Get Even More Aggressive with Custom Mode
The HM-2W's Custom mode offers a similar sound character to Standard mode, but with just a little more of everything. The drive stage offers a bit more gain and includes more of the fundamental guitar sound for extra attack and sharpness. In addition, the low and high-mid characteristics have been tweaked to provide increased fullness and definition