Video Finds: Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders Tackles Eight-String Acoustic Guitar

Here’s Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders doing his thing on an 8-string acoustic guitar built and designed by Julien Bergeron.

Tosin says, “I am blown away by the tone, volume and playability of this thing!”

Mainly a self-taught guitarist, Abasi has graced the pages of Guitar World and is known for his technical prowess.

He is typically seen with his Ibanez TAM100 Signature eight-string electric guitar.

The new album from Animals as Leaders, The Joy of Motion, will be out March 25 via Sumerian Records. For about Abasi and the band, visit

He sure does make playing eight strings look easy:

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Acoustic Nation

Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to, Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network, she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.