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Boss HM-3 Hyper Metal
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Boss HM-3 Hyper Metal

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« Couldn't compete »

Published on 07/20/11 at 10:34
This pedal replaced the Boss Hm-2 back in 1993. It lasted on the market until 1988. It has basically the same parameters of control but they did make a few adjustments. One being they increase the gain on this version. So you had a lot more gain where as the previous Boss Hm-2 has gain in shift and woulnd't change until you hit another hour on the control knob. What I mean is that the gain would not swell naturally as you would turn it up and it would remain unchanged until you reached a certain point and then the gain would start moving again. The fixed this problem in this pedal for a more fluid swell of gain as you move the control clockwise. You also just had more gain on tap than the Boss Hm-2. The Boss Hm-2 was very popular and never really came through in the market because of the large popularity of the Boss HM-2.

UTILIZATION

Specifications

Controls: Level, Color Mix (Low, High), Dist
Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 12 mA (DC 9V)
Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series


SOUND QUALITY

I find that this pedal is a lot more user friendly then the previous Boss HM-3. This pedal had a smoother tone and a smoother distortion that felt more usable to the guitarist. This pedal had more gain that the last one and that was something that is appealing to people because the meta guys like more gain that they can actually use.

You should try this pedal with a humbucker installed pickup. The pedal is still bright and metallic sounding. You cannot dial out the thin piercing bright distortion tone from this pedal. Most pedals in my opinion have a processed sound no matter if they claim all analog signal path or not. They just feel processed and you can really hear that in the upper fret register when you play some of the lower notes.

OVERALL OPINION

These pedals stopped production in 1999 and the used market is the only way to go now. they are pretty cheap to get off the classifieds or ebay. If you have a Fender amp and want to play metal I would suggest a pedal from AMT electronics. They have great metal pedals. this one is not a very good sounding pedals. Don't waste your money.
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