KHDK Electronics unleashes the Paranormal

This is a limited-edition Gary Holt signature pedal with parametric EQ and overdrive.

KHDK Electronics Gary Holt Paranormal Parametric EQ Overdrive feature

KHDK Electronics, the pedal company co-founded by Kirk Hammett, has joined forces with Gary Holt on a limited-edition offering: the Paranormal Parametric EQ Overdrive pedal.

As its name suggests, this stompbox combines a parametric EQ with an overdrive circuit, aiming to capture the ferocious tones of the Exodus and Slayer guitarist.

KHDK Electronics Gary Holt Paranormal Parametric EQ Overdrive

At the pedal’s heart is an EQ section with comprehensive controls. There’s a bass knob to manage low-end, a tone knob that governs brightness and, interestingly, a volume slider. On top of these, here are a few mid controls that allow further tuning:

  • Mid slider: Governs midrange output
    • Turned up: Boosts mids by +10dB
    • Turned down: Cuts mids by -10dB
  • Bandwidth knob: Sets width of midrange
    • Clockwise: Wider range and more transparency
    • Anti-clockwise: Narrow midrange, specific frequencies are highlighted
    • Minimum setting: Effect is stronger and influence of mid control is more aggressive
  • Freq knob: Lets you sweep mid frequency
    • Moves mid control’s center frequency from 30Hz to 8000Hz

On the overdrive front, a simple drive knob controls the circuit, and can be dialled up for more sustain and gain.

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Rounding out the pedal’s features are a bypass switch and an internal volume trimmer. The latter can be used to feed a stronger signal into the overdrive section for more gain and compression, or a weaker signal for a cleaner output with more headroom.

Check out a short clip on the Paranormal below:

Only 250 units of this pedal will be produced. Each retails at $249.99. More info at khdkelectronics.com.

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