Rewind over a decade, Tosin Abasi started as a mostly self-taught guitarist playing for the Silver Spring, Maryland-based metal band PSI. He joined Reflux in the early to mid-2000s. During a Reflux show, Prosthetic Records noticed his skill and offered him a record deal as a solo artist. At first, he refused, saying he didn’t feel comfortable with his skill level to write his own record. Abasi then enrolled at the Atlanta Institute of Music where, after graduating, he formed his “solo” project, Animals as Leaders. The name is loosely being derived from the book Ishmael.
Since then Tosin Abasi and Animals As Leaders have gone on to produce 6 studio albums and relentlessly tour the world. Renowned for his 8-string extended range guitar playing and percussive techniques, Tosin Abasi is leading the wave of next generation guitar heroes. Fishman is proud to release his signature series pickup!
The Tosin Abasi Fluence Signature Series Pickup Set is unique in the way it makes multiple coil combinations available, in conjunction with the different voices. Even the magnetic circuit is tuned, with pole pieces and a blade magnet combined in the neck position for authentic single coil interaction. For neck and bridge, Voice 1 begins with our Modern recipe and fattens up the low midrange while adjusting the output level to Tosin’s taste. Voice 2 is bright and clean, with extremely fast and detailed top end for percussive attack and crystalline cleans. In the bridge, Voice 2 is a classic rock and hard rock tone that melts into any rig or mix. The cutting midrange has an overwound ‘bucker with the glassy highs of a vintage P.A.F’ vibe. Then, the single coil modes each have their own unique Voice. The neck pickup reminiscent of a vintage Tele, and the bridge pickup focusing on the quacky Strat-like “2 & 4” tones.
For more information, music and tour dates, visit the Animals As Leaders website.