best hm-2 clone for bass?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by dukey donkey, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Just wondering... I've been considering an idiotbox dungeon master, and wondering if there are any other options out there that compare... maybe one that's a tad bit tighter for faster playing?
  2. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    I’ve got a Dunwich HM2. It’s interesting. I don’t have other similar clones to compare it to. It isn’t my favorite or my go-to, but it’s got a unique thing going on. I like it with my Ric 4003.

    I’m sure other good clones exist.
  3. hatred aside

    hatred aside

    Nov 23, 2018
    North Dakota
    This is probably more what you're after:

    Abominable Electronics makes a bass friendly HM2 called the Throne Torcher that gets a lot of love.

  4. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    Imo by far is the byoc Swede. Compared it with 2 original hm2 and could not tell the difference
  5. gfen


    Aug 21, 2014
    lehigh valley
    stayed at a holiday inn, once...
    From my own reading the BYOC Swede always seems to get the most credit, the Dunwich has the most vocal fans.

    Personally, I bought a "Dunwich PCB"-based copy from someone I've never heard of called SRC Effects coz it showed up used and cheap. It's been so long since I've heard an HM2 that I can't tell you how good it is, but it works for me.

    I don't want an HM2 with extra stuff in it. I don't want a mids knob. I don't want "extra brutal clipping." I don't want anything that's not a faithful 1:1 to the original but made out of stuff that's not 30+ years old...I would've pre-ordered an HM2w on announcement, but Boss seems to not be interested in doing that. shrug

    Finally, the Behringer HM300 is supposed to be dead on but we all hate on it coz it's Behringer and plastic but...
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2019
  6. gh0st42

    gh0st42 Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2019
    Reviving this thread as I've been low key hunting for a good HM-2 based pedal, ideally both for Bass and Guitar.

    Several newer players on the market right now like Blackhawk, Does It Doom, etc

    Anybody got updated recommendations for a HM-2 based pedal?

    Still waiting for an affordable Magic or Dunwich pedal to pop up to scratch the itch, and looking for other options in the mean time.
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  7. RJ


    Aug 17, 2000
    San Francisco
    The new Waza offering from Boss is great. The additional mode is fantastic. They can be found used for decent prices as well.

    The new KMA Wurm 2 is probably the most tweak able of any HM-2 style distortion I've seen. This will likely be the next of the HM-2 style distortions I get.

    Currently I have an OG HM-2, a Waza edition (which I'd recommend over the original as it sounds exactly the same and has more versatility), and a God City's Jugendstil (which I really like, I just wish there was an ability to sculpt the tone more). I could have sworn I had another kicking around here somewhere...I may have sold the others.
  8. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    Certainly got my eyes on that.
  9. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    Always loved the HM2 - I currently have four! three mit and an mij.
    The greatest thing about them is that every one sounds different.
    I'm going to watch this thread with interest to see what options pop up ;)
  10. CliffD

    CliffD Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    The waza edition has my attention, although I've been enjoying the Doomsaw recently, massive low end and killer sound...the volume however is a real PITA though.
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  11. Iommian

    Iommian Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2019
    I've got a Lichtlaerm Audio Breathe/Die coming in soon which is a take on the HM-2 with added features including an fx loop which seems interesting. Total impulse buy but I've been interested in trying out some type of HM-2 pedal. I have a Waza one coming in soon as well.

    I'm interested in how other people are using theres, Boss or not, on bass. I've been interested in trying one to go for more of the use of a Godflesh/GC Green tone. Anyone have any experience with this?
  12. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    Godflesh is all old boss HM2
  13. Sorry for res'ing the thread, but have either of you tried out the Wurm 2 yet? I'm debating on whether I should get the HM-2w, Jam Rattler, Angry Swede, or Wurm 2
  14. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    I haven’t yet.
  15. ddoubleyou


    Mar 21, 2006
  16. I would just like to say the HM-2 in the new line 6 modelers isn't good and I wouldn't recommend if you wanna be godflesh
  17. I have a few HM-2's and clones. For me the HM-2w is the best of the bunch. I've never felt like a clean blend is needed for the tones I'm going for.
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  18. RJ


    Aug 17, 2000
    San Francisco
  19. sutarappa


    Feb 26, 2007
    Love the Dungeon Master. It has a unique sound with its genes advertised from several circuits...

    The Idiotbox Death Master may produce closer to familiar HM-2 tones with interesting controls...

    Shout out for Earthbound Audio's Throat Locust. I understand the company recently resumed small batch production after having their shop destroyed during hurricane Ida last year...
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