Boss HM-2W Heavy Metal Waza Craft Distortion Pedal


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Boss Waza Craft Series Distortion Effects Stompbox Based on Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal

Produced from 1983 to 1991, 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 tracks from mainstream to shoegaze. After years of requests from hardcore HM-2 fans, this iconic stomp is now reborn three decades later in a special Boss Waza Craft edition. 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
perspective view of Boss HM-2W Heavy Metal showing top and left side with orange smoke background

Death metal legend
When introduced in 1983, HM-2 was one of the first 'amp in a box' pedals ever, using an innovative Boss circuit to replicate the sound of early 80s British stack amps favored in the rapidly growing heavy metal genre. Near the end of its production run, seminal Swedish death metal bands adopted HM-2 for their primary guitar tones, and its uniquely aggressive sound and focused midrange became highly sought after by a new generation of players. The pedal's vast influence and popularity led to ongoing calls for Boss to bring it back, so they are pleased to present HM-2W to all those devoted fans around the world.

top view of Boss HM-2W Heavy Metal resting on chainsaw blade

Standard mode: the original HM-2 sound
When HM-2W is in Standard mode, the tone and response of the original HM-2 pedal is reproduced with 100% authenticity. Boss was also able to add some modern improvements without affecting the sound, including reducing the noise floor and expanding the maximum level by 3dB. And with the premium Waza Craft buffer on board, the sound when bypassed is vastly improved. While cranking every knob all the way up is the sound of Swedish death metal, you can also conjure a wide range of tones for other styles with the sensitive distortion and color controls.

top view of Boss HM-2W Heavy Metal resting on chainsaw blade
detail rear view of Boss HM-2W Heavy Metal showing switch to toggle between Standard mode and Custom mode

Get even more aggressive with Custom mode
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.

close-up perspective view of Boss HM-2W Heavy Metal with audio cables connected showing top and rear

Orange and black is back
Along with the original HM-2 sound, Boss made every effort to capture the pedal's distinctive orange and black appearance, right down to the size and position of lettering on the panel. Every Waza Craft pedal features a mode switch for extended range, and it's been moved to the top on HM-2W to preserve the authentic control layout of HM-2.

close-up perspective view of Boss HM-2W Heavy Metal with audio cables connected showing top and rear
detail image of Boss HM-2W Heavy Metal showing Boss and Waza Craft logos on main stomp switch

Waza Craft: the art of superior tone
Since the beginning, the engineers at Boss have been committed to achieving the finest guitar tones using any technology necessary, from old school analog circuits to high tech DSP. This enthusiastic spirit continues on with the Waza Craft series, bringing you exceptional tone and touch response through carefully selected analog components, refined circuitry and meticulous attention to detail. In Japan, 'Waza' is the term for art and technique, and these special edition pedals proudly carry the Waza symbol to represent the pinnacle of Boss design and craftsmanship.

More Information
Manufacturer Boss
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer 9V battery
Effects Distortion based on Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal
Audio Inputs 1/4" mono input
Audio Outputs 1/4" mono output
Pedal Switches On/off stomp switch
Power Adaptor Boss PSA series (sold separately)
Width 2.875"
Depth 5.125"
Height 2.375"
Product Weight 1 lb

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