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KHDK Electronics works with Trivium for the new Ascendency overdrive

KHDK Electronics works with Trivium for the new Ascendency overdrive  ·  Source: KHDK Electronics

KHDK Electronics and Trivium have collaborated on the new Ascendency overdrive pedal. The new drive effect was designed with Trivium’s Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu on board. 


KHDK Electronics Ascendency

Designed by engineer Antonin Salva, each KHDK Electronics Ascendency overdrive pedal is hand-built and then individually tested at KHDK’s EU workshop. The Ascendency recreates both Heafy and Beaulieu’s overdrive/dirt tones, with controls for Drive, Volume and Tone, along with TightHeadroom and Mid Range mini-toggle switches.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there are no audio demos of this new pedal. If any video demos do pop up online, I will be sure to add them, as it would be good to hear the pedal before you drop your hard-earned cash on ordering one blind.


I found a tiny snippet of video via Heafy on Facebook and so have added it for you to hear at the bottom of this article.

Matt Heafy's plain black original prototype

Matt Heafy’s plain black original prototype


With only 333 Ascendency overdrive pedals being made, I’m sure it will sell out pretty quickly. Each pedal will come with a fancy cyber punk-style Japanese mask-inspired artwork by Dan Kurz. A lot nicer than Matt Heafy’s plain black original prototype of the pedal, which you can see above.

The pedal goes on sale 4 June at 12pm EST, so if you want one, you’ll need to be quick about it. Previous KHDK Electronics pedals with Nergal and Scott Ian have all sold out rapidly.

RRP – USD 249


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2 responses to “KHDK Electronics teams up with Trivium for new Ascendency overdrive”

  1. Phil says:

    Is this supposed to be a dirt/distortion pedal, or an OD/boost? I know a big part of Matt Heafy’s tone is using the TC Integrated Preamp as a boost. If this is based off that circuit, it’s something I’d be really interested in. If it’s a standalone dirt pedal (when those guys are known for using boosts into 5150s) then I wouldn’t care too much.

    • Jef says:

      They haven’t really shared and technical specifications on this pedal, so we are a little in the dark on details…

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