NAMM 2022: Not content with being one of the world’s foremost virtuosos, Tosin Abasi is becoming an increasingly prolific guitar designer – this year’s show has seen him unveil his surprise collaboration with Ernie Ball Music Man, the Kaizen, as well as several firsts for his own company, Abasi Concepts.
The brand’s big launch is the Emi, its debut extended-range double-cut guitar outline, which comes in three flavors – and fortunately for us, Tosin was kind enough to give us a guided tour of his new creations.
First up is a yellow seven-string Emi, which takes its cues from the Larada, but offers a slightly more traditional take on progressive guitar design, with a non-multi-scale fretboard and Gotoh 510 floating tremolo system – another first for the company.
Fishman Fluence pickups once again feature across the new designs, but a black eight-string Emi features an HSS configuration, with single coils spec’d by Abasi’s Animals As Leaders bandmate Javier Reyes, alongside his own signature humbucker in the bridge (although Abasi hints at voicing his own singles down the line).
Both models feature asymmetrical neck profiles, which taper towards the headstock for more fluid playing across the neck.
Naturally, the Abasi designs will come in a range of fits and finishes, and this eight-string version features the multi-scale design synonymous with the brand’s Larada guitars.
You’ll also note that the guitar’s curved edges are polished, while flat areas are matte satin with a white outline, which make these designs outrageously photogenic.
There’s a Space T equivalent in the Emi range, too: a six-string, Strat-inspired model in an alluring Latte finish with a pearloid pickguard, roasted maple figured neck and Richlite fingerboard.
The guitar features a trio of regular Fishman Fluence single coils with two voices, as well as a Gotoh 510 tremolo.
Abasi also showcased one of the company’s latest innovations, a seven-string multi-scale nylon design that could be a game-changer for progressive acoustic players.
The model’s string spacing and string height are designed to make for an easy transition for electric guitarists, too, while an in-built Fishman Aura system provides mic’d-up acoustic tones without the risk of live feedback.
Abasi is confident the model will be for sale within a few months, while the Emis are TBC.