Anaconda HE-4 Hydra Elite review

Is this custom Kahler-equipped bass a fearsome creature from ancient legend, or a tangerine dream?

Anaconda Hydra Elite
(Image: © Anaconda)

Guitar World Verdict

The price won’t suit everyone, but this is a bespoke instrument, and its quality is tangible. Whether most players require this level of tonal tinkering is debatable – but the results are very impressive indeed.


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    Tone range is state of the art.

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    An impressive alternative to the norm.

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    Top quality build.

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    A little over-featured for some players.

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According to Greek mythology, the terrifying Hydra possessed three heads, so it’s fitting that this bass guitar has three pickups.The custom model we have here goes two better, and actually has five, two of them being invisible. 

With this many tone options on offer, the Hydra is a truly formidable beast, based on Anaconda’s Ultra J model and full of left-field features– including that rarely-seen bit of kit, a whammy bar. What do you get for your money?  

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