After seeing first hand what Kevin at Abyss Guitars can do, we decided to collaborate on a new instrument that would take advantage of his superb craftsmanship and design a guitar that would be virtually over the top esthetically, but at the same time howl like a monster un-chained.
As with all Abyss guitars this one has a through neck design on a single cutaway Mahogany body. Unlike most single cut designs this one has a more radical cut and curve to it that not only looks aggressive but gives you complete access to the highest frets. The neck is a choice piece of highly figured flamed maple.
The top is a fantastic piece of Flamed Maple that has been finished in a Trans-Black with Dark Burst edges. The Flamed Maple neck is also finished in the same Trans-Black with the Tiger like stripes showing through. The fretboard is Ebony of course with a large Abalone Scorpion inlay that is both intricate and wicked. Joining the Scorpion are various other creatures masquerading as position markers in more colorful Abalone inlay.
The body is bound in natural Flamed Maple with Gold Hardware. The headstock is covered in tasteful streaked Back Ebony with Gold Gotoh 510 tuners with Ebony buttons. The pickups are a pair of active EMG 89’s. Inside the EMG 89’s are both single & dual coils each with its own output. The single-coil mode is an Alnico loaded stacked EMG-SA. The dual-coil mode consists of two Alnico loaded coils opposite one another creating a pickup similar to the EMG-85. A push pull volume enables you to switch from the clarity of a single coil to the fatness of a Humbucker.
Each Volume knob is also an individual push pull coil splitter. Along with the Gold three way pickup selector switch you have a multitude of pickup configurations. The neck’s action is low and fast. This Monster has multiple personalities but begs you to push her.