Abasi Concepts finally launches the Emi 6 – an ergonomic reinvention of the classic Stratocaster design

Abasi Concepts Emi 6
(Image credit: Abasi Concepts)

Abasi Concepts – the brand founded and headed up by Animals As Leaders virtuoso Tosin Abasi – has expanded its Emi range of instruments with the Emi 6.

Fans of the brand might get a sense of déjà vu here – this is, after all, the same model that Abasi himself showed us during last year’s NAMM show, but now the long-awaited six-string version of his Emi template has received an official release.

Famed for a boundary-pushing playing style that is reflected in his unique approach to guitar design, Abasi has once again leafed through the annals of guitar history for his latest model, returning to a flagship Fender aesthetic for another none-more-Abasi creation.

Whereas the brand’s early Space T tipped its hat to Leo Fender’s Telecaster single-cut, the Emi 6 instead doubles down on a decidedly more Stratocaster flavor thanks to a double-cut design.

Not only that, the Emi 6 further distinguishes itself from its more modernistic Emi 7 Master Series predecessor by reverting to an orthodox six-string configuration and a body topography wholly reminiscent of the Strat.

That means there are three single coils neatly organized along the lines of a standard Strat, with a five-way blade switch charged with navigating the trio. A two-point tremolo and streamlined two-knob control circuit also make the cut.

Despite these comparisons, though, it's safe to say the performances of an Emi 6 and Strat couldn’t be more different, no doubt a result of Abasi’s borderline surgical approach to ergonomics.

Highlights from the spec sheet include an “Oviform+-” neck profile, which is likened to an asymmetrical teardrop shape, as well as the seamless set-neck construction joint.

In terms of build, a korina body and neck form the core of the Emi 6, which also flaunts a 20” radius roasted fingerboard – composed from ebony or maple depending on the finish – with Jescar stainless steel frets. The heavily contoured guitar also accommodates a Gotoh 510 bridge and a trio of Fishman Fluence single-coils.

Black and Latte are the finishes on offer – the former has the ebony ‘board, the latter uses maple – and each example arrives with Hipshot locking tuners.

The presence of korina on this spec sheet is particularly notable, given that the rest of the Emi line – and, indeed, the rest of the Abasi Concepts catalog – offers okoume alternatives.

Owing to the fact quite a lot of people have been itching for the Emi 6’s release since last June, it’s no surprise that both models have, unfortunately, already sold out.

For those waiting on a restock – or if you're simply wanting to stare and marvel at Abasi's latest beauty for a while longer – head over to Abasi Concepts.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.