Jackson Audio Asabi & Large Mouse review

Mateus Asato's signature drive pedal and a RAT-inspired replacement distortion module

Jackson Audio Asabi & Mouse
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Independent overdrive and distortion that combine brilliantly make this a very flexible pedal anyway, but interchangeable circuit boards will maintain that flexibility into the future. One to watch.


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    Independently switchable distortion and overdrive in one compact pedal.

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    Four overdrive options.

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    Futureproof modular design.


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    Slight switching lag.

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Jackson Audio has introduced the Asabi, a signature pedal for LA-based Brazilian virtuoso Mateus Asato, and it has some really interesting features. 

Basically, it pairs separate overdrive and distortion circuits in one chassis but the distortion circuit is interchangeable: you can simply remove the circuit board and replace it with another, something Jackson believes makes the pedal futureproof. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.