K/\M is not a brand you would usually associate with stompboxes that could blast a hole though your wall at 20 paces.
After all, K/\M is probably best known for its high quality microphones.
So I was surprised to find this little gem tucked away in the pages of eBay. Nonetheless, the Chainsaw turned out to be an absolute 'ripper'! (bad pun).
On the bass, at medium settings with the bass control up and the mids down, this thing produces a sound like Wolstenholme tearing through ''Hysteria'. It can gives you that nice, crunchy fuzz/distortion sound.
On higher settings, well, the only real limit is what your amp can handle! I felt a bit like Jesse Keeler from Death From Above 1979. In short, if you're a bassist and you want to be part of the action, the Chainsaw can help!
After a bit of reading around it seemed the Chainsaw was a bit of a "one-off" for the company - a hit at NAMM 2014 by all accounts, but something that wasn't going to be pursued en masse.
I emailed Kamran Salehi - the man behind K/\M - and I got back a heap of info that I thought I would share with you - thanks Kam!
The Chainsaw was indeed well-received at NAMM 2014; only 50 were made and they quickly sold out. The company wanted to obtain some feedback from users before commencing further production. The good news from Kamran is that the company plans to produce a second run of 50 in the near future!.
I'm told that Kamran received an interesting piece of feedback from Kenny Olsen (of Kid Rock fame): when the Chainsaw was put in front of Kenny's Fender amp set on clean, the combo formed an effective JCM800 simulation!
Kamran tells me that the company will shortly be releasing an update on its website about the new batch of Chainsaw pedals - together with the pedal settings necessary to achieve the JCM800 simulation. Keep an eye out for it at: http://www.kaminstruments.com/ . For more info, get in touch with Kamran directly via firstname.lastname@example.org .