ANIMALS AS LEADERS Guitarist Tosin Abasi To Sell 100 Guitars & Tons Of Gear

Animals as Leaders guitarist and mastermind Tosin Abasi will sell 100 guitars, pedals, pickups, and amps on Reverb starting February 26. The guitars include some really cool and very rare ones like the Ibanez Custom Shop Prestige 8-String, an Ibanez TAM100 8-String, an Aristides 080 8-String, a Mayones Tosin Abasi Custom Regius 8-String, and a Strandberg Boden 8-String.

Abasi details some of the gear he’ll be selling.

The Mayones was a custom build Abasi requested to replace a stolen guitar. „[Mayones owner] Dawid [Dziewulski] and the guys at Mayones have always been great to me,“ Abasi says. „The quality of the buckeye burl is fantastic. The red Bare Knuckle pickups in this are a great touch and sound fantastic. It even has a removable ramp for fingerstyle players. This is about as custom as it gets.“

Abasi used the Strandberg extensively on Animals As Leaders‘ The Madness of Many. „Ola Strandberg and I have been friends and collaborators for almost 10 years. This particular guitar came my way during a visit before NAMM a few years ago,“ Abasi says. „The multi-scale wenge neck, flamed-maple top, true-temperament frets, and Lundgren pickups makes this one of the best-spec’d Strandbergs around.“

The Fractal Axe FX II XL mentioned above contains the patches Abasi used in the studio and on stage during The Joy of Motion era. „I’ve been a heavy Fractal user since 2009,“ Abasi says. „This unit was my main touring and recording rig for the entire The Joy of Motion writing, recording, and world-touring cycle. It contains the exact album and stage tones I used as well as some personal patches.“

Of his AX8 Amp Modeler & Effects Processor, Abasi says, „It’s literally like having an AXE FX that fits into a carry-on. It includes my personal presets for stage and more“ that he used on tours for The Joy of Motion and Madness of Many, as well as the Generation Axe tour with Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, and Nuno Bettencourt.

Effects pedals in the shop will include those from Brimstone, Wampler, MXR, and more.

Here’s hoping that guy that bought all the Megadeth gear from the Reverb sale doesn’t get there first, right? Check out the page here and watch out for a new Animals as Leaders record coming maybe this year.

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