The DigiTech DHH Hot Head Analog distortion pedal is a decent pedal that produces very customizable tones. This pedal is supposed to give the sound of a high gain amp and is meant for modern rock.
Picture of the DigiTech DHH Hot Head Analog Distortion Pedal
History of the DigiTech DHH Hot Head Analog Distortion Pedal
The Digitech products are produced by their parent company Harman International Industries. The Digitech company includes in its line the DOD line of guitar pedals which are now discontinued under the DOD name but still sold as Digitech products. I can’t find much history of the DHH Hot Head online but considering its marketed towards modern rock, we can already tell that is has just come to market this century, later than classics such as the Boss DS-1 or ProCo Rat.
Features of the DigiTech DHH Hot Head Analog Distortion Pedal
This distortion pedal produces multi-purpose distortion and is controlled with level, low, high and gain controls. The addition of both low and high (frequency) knobs allows the user to really customize the eq of the outputted sound. Unlike most pedals which feature a signal that rolls off either low or high end, the DHH actually allows you to get a tone that can fit into a mix of instruments.
The pedal also features a cabinet emulation circuit so that you can plug the pedal directly into a board or recording interface. As is standard on most distortion pedals of this class, the pedal is made solidly and has a recognizable “Boss” look to it.
Sound Quality of the DigiTech DHH Hot Head Analog Distortion Pedal
This pedal is designed with modern rock guitarists in mind. The kind of guys who are recording digitally. The sound is decidedly “modern” to my ears. You can put a bit of gain on and get a sort of raspy sound or you can turn the gain knob up and get a sound that approximates a full stack. The pedal isn’t bad at producing modern rock tones but I don’t think it sounds as great as a stack. This pedal could be useful for someone who has a small practice amp, and/or likes to record but also wants to be able to plug into an amp and get a distorted tone. This is what makes the pedal a bit more versatile than a standard distortion pedal.
In this way, you can plug into the amp and get a tone and also record with a tone. The distortion produced by the pedal sounds pretty good and is really customizable with the knobs but I actually don’t think it sounds as good as my V-Amp Pro on the ultimate setting! However, for those of you who need a more modern distortion than a DS-1 can provide, this pedal might work for you.