Boss HM2/Clone Chainsaw Megathread

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    You may already be aware but as far as the switches go, if the led’s are blinking you’re in modern mode and if they aren’t you’re in standard HM-2 mode. On my torcher this is toggled by the right switch, left switch is on/off. I have the old version without the clean but I doubt that changed.
     
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    such a strange pedal... I could swear that Clean is bottom left and volume is top left on mine...
     
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    Also what’s up with people posting outside the thread for hm2 stuff... did I miss a joke?
     
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    Arnold's Eyemaster review. I'm not a fan of the tones he dials in on his videos usually. This is the first one i've liked of his, even if it doesn't exactly sound right to the album.

     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Holy fuck, I haven't seen a Washburn Vindicator in almost a decade.

    Also his hot-take at 3:37 is accurate. I'm perfecty fine with my shitty little HM300 and (recently acquired) MiJ HM2. :lol:

    Also interesting he loves it more than the Behringer, which I thought this pedal would be based on. Sounds like they made some improvements, which is good.
     
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    i played a pretty mint red sparkle vindicator at my local guitar center yesterday.
     
  7. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Those things are so ugly and funky that I can't help but love them. It's like a Fisher Price Randy Rhoads. :lol:

    Also, like, yeah, I believe the hype with these babies now.

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  8. Necky379

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    I want to try a MIT to see if there really is s difference but out of all the versions I have, the MIJ Boss HM-2 is my favorite. Nice pedal HeHasTheJazzHands.
     
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    Quit talking about the Japanese version or I just might have to make an unwise financial decision.
     
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    just go watch the godcity shootout, he tests the mit and the mij version back to back. That was the vid that convinced to me to just get a MIT
     
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    I mean, I’m perfectly happy with my MIT version, and have gotten some genuinely DISGUSTING tones out of it. And I’ve got a slough of tone shaping devices as well to further tweak my sound.

    But at the end of the day I know there really is a difference between the two, and what if those differences CAN’T be EQ’d out???...:lol:
     
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    the tonal differences are pretty minute from what I can tell. the noise floor is a bit lower on the mij iirc.
     
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    I did a comparison between 3 HM2s, one from Japan and 2 from Taiwan. Every pedal sounds different. I think it's due to component tolerances. My late '88 MIT has a bit more gain and a bit more bass. The early '88 MIT has more gain, but less bass, and my '86 MIJ has less bass and less gain.
     
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    Given the age of these pedals, I’m sure many have dried out electrolytic caps at this point. Given the amount of gain and the general sound of the HM2 it might not be apparent when they start malfunctioning, it might just sound more or less distorted, more or less output, etc.

    That’s just gonna make every other pedal sound even more different.
     
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    Picked up a third MIJ for 100$ today from the original owner off craigslist, he said "this pedal sounded like shit 30 years ago and it sounds like shit now" :lol:

    Did a comparison with my behringer for funsies, the boss is way meatier and the behringer has more high mids and is noisier

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    I hear the same thing between my Behringer and Boss. It's like the eq peaks are moved higher slightly and all the knobs go to 11, a bit more of everything when it's dimed.
     
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    somehow I never saw this particular eyemaster comparison. Definitely nails the hm2 vibe imo
     
  20. HeHasTheJazzHands

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    Man for all of us that shit-talked that pedal at first, it looks like it's the best budget option.
     

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