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Review: KHDK Electronics Abyss Pedal

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The KHDK Electronics Abyss is a brand-new bass overdrive that provides warm, tube-like boost and a subtle crunchy overdrive.

The Abyss uses bi-amp technology with two discrete circuits, dividing the signal down two paths: one stores the dynamic and color, the other adds overdriven sound with fullness and a powerful punch. When the two split signals meet again, the result is the original sound made richer and more powerful.

Abyss allows bass players to dial just the right amount of overdriven signal to their clean tone, and for more powerful rhythm or soloing, the “Hi” setting adds saturation, sustain, low end and compression.

STREET PRICE $199.95, khdkelectronics.com

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Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.