KHDK products

Dark Blood

Evil distortion for gain freaks (Kirk Hammett signature)

KHDK’s most evil pedal to date, Dark Blood delivers an angry, merciless amp-like distortion.

The tone of Dark Blood is tube-like and mid-heavy with added high gain. It’s unique power is its distinctly amp-like sound. 

"I plug it in when I want an over-the-top sound that dominates everything. It's a tornado."
– Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

Richly articulate and deep, Dark Blood can provide the main tone into your clean amp and is ideal as a fly rig and a backup to an amp or modeling rig. With its high gain and aggressive, uncompromising dynamics, this is the ultimate pedal for gain-freaks, designed both for palm muting riffs and searing high gain solos.

Technology

Dark Blood is built on KHDK’s original circuit combining solid state and mosfet technology. In classic metal fashion, a treble booster was added to the front end of the circuit to push your tone to the limit. Like all KHDK pedals, Dark Blood is proudly handcrafted and quality-tested in Kentucky, USA.

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Controls & Specs

CONTROLS

  1. GAIN controls the gain of the circuit. A lower setting creates a pick-sensitive tone with excellent dynamics, while a higher setting brings a massively overdriven tone.
  2. DOOM controls the pre-distortion equalization which determines the amount of low-end grunt present in your tone. This control moves from a tight bass to a long sustain, giving you a liquid, solo-ready tone.
  3. VOLUME sets the output volume of the pedal.
  4. TREBLE control is a passive, natural sounding low-pass filter. It cuts high end and offers a wide frequency range. Turned clockwise, it becomes raw, aggressive and cuts through. Turned counterclockwise, it cuts highs for a warmer and more mellow tone. With different amps, the tone can be bright or dark; use this control to set the ideal amount of brightness/top end.
  5. The HI/LO switch is tied directly into the gain. The lo setting offers a massive chunky overdrive, great for rhythm playing. The hi setting adds more saturation, sustain, low end and compression. This setting is recommended for soloing.
  6. GATE controls the background noise of your tone. This allows the stronger gain signal to pass, while weaker humming or hissing is blocked. Turn the gate clockwise for noise reduction, but avoid pushing the gate with lower gain settings; this could negatively impact the decay of your tone.
  7. FOOTSWITCH engages your Dark Blood to “on” or True bypass mode.

POWER

Dark Blood is powered by a single 9V battery. You can access the battery connection by unscrewing the bottom plate of the pedal enclosure. Alternatively, plug in an external 9V DC (center negative) power supply.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Bypass mode: True Bypass
  • Dimensions: 120 x 65 x 40 mm deep (Width x Depth x Height)
  • Input Connector: Type Standard ¼” jack – mono/TS
  • Output Connector: Type Standard ¼” jack – mono/TS
  • Power Input: Standard 9V Battery or 9V DC (center negative) power supply.

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Reviews

Total Guitar

by Ed Mitchell

"To have all this power in one reasonably affordable pedal is a dream come true for metalheads."

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zZounds

by Sergio Coronado

"Dark Blood does a fantastic job simulating genuine tube amp tone. If you’re searching for a suitable amp-in-a-box for your heavier projects, the Dark Blood just might be what you are looking for."

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