“I hadn’t heard such clarity and definition before”: Tosin Abasi overhauls his backline with new stereo tube amp rig

Tosin Abasi with his new Bad Cat Amps
(Image credit: Bad Cat Amps)

Tosin Abasi was once the poster boy for Axe-Fx and amp modeling, but recent years have seen the eight-string virtuoso turn to real amps and fully loaded pedalboards. In fact, the Animals as Leaders mastermind has been so convinced by the tonal benefits of tubes that he re-recorded latest album Parrhesia with real amps, despite having already tracked the entire thing using plugins.

So, any further sonic switch-ups from the pioneering player and gear savant will be watched with considerable interest, and for Animals as Leaders’ current tour with Dream Theater and Devin Townsend, Abasi has overhauled his tube amp backline.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.