Abasi Concepts • Modern Solutions for the Modern Guitarist
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Fortunate enough to be able to even look at this guitar, let alone own it
I was fortunate enough to be able to grab the Larada 6 Mystic Dream when it first released. I find myself in the incredibly lucky position to be holding this Emi7, specifically with the Carbon Quilt top.
It exceeds all expectations, craftmanship is top-notch, equivalent to some of the best in the business. It might just be the most comfortable guitar I have ever played, even better than most 6 strings. The Emi has been thought out so well and deserves the recognition it has been getting.
This is definitely special and I don't think I'm ever going to be able to part with this one easily.
After years of admiring all things Abasi Concepts, I was finally able to get this guitar in my hands. I have many quality guitars in my collection, but there is definitely nothing like this Larada 6 Master Series. This guitar is breathtakingly beautiful, the tone is versatile and the build is flawless. I wanted some time to pass before writing a review, so I can really get to know this spectacular instrument.
I'll start from the top to the bottom:
1. I love the Hipshot products. I have their tuners on many of my guitars, so I was of course happy with my barrel knob tuners.
2. The neck is beyond comfortable. After an easy set-up with my 9-42, it felt like home. The action was lowered with ease and it plays like a dream.
3. The body extending to the 12th fret was the big question! Not being able to move your thumb up the neck and forcing your hand position was something I was looking forward to. It really makes me think about the guitar in a different way. That challenge is exciting and motivational.
4. The pickups sound incredible with my rig. The basics are a Fryette power amp, Custom Audio Amplifier 3+ and a Fractal Axe-FX. Whether in my rig or straight into a combo, the pickups have their own personality and can handle any genre. The most surprising burst of sound came from the clean tones. They sparkled without sounding brash. Sometimes clean tones end up sounding brittle when you're trying to cut through. These pickups are a game changer.
5. I especially appreciate not having a tone knob. I never use them. I do use the push/pull all the time and am thankful that was part of this build.
6. I'm a Floyd guy and always wanted the earlier Abasi guitars with the baby Floyds, but I am very pleased with the Gotoh trem. It handles all the guitar hero dive bombs and meshes perfectly with the aesthetic of the guitar.
7. I love having the jack on the back of the guitar. Why do we need to see the end of a cable?
I will be using this guitar to finish the final four songs on my upcoming album, "A Cruel Void" with my band SHAD (Extreme's Kevin Figueiredo on drums). The album is being produced by Bob St. John (Extreme, Collective Soul, Duran Duran). He is also impressed with the Larada. You can check out our music at: www.linktree.com/SHADband
I know there will be another Abasi in my future. Maybe an ēmi with a Floyd and a sustainer system! ;o)
Thanks to Tosin and all at Abasi Concepts for an inspiring, intelligent & innovative instrument!
I am not sure where to start, between the pickups or the way the guitar just sits on you, or is it doesn't feel like 7 strings. It's going to be really hard to share with my other guitars..and I got a few what I thought were amazing before this guy.....I gotta wait a few years until I can get another 🔥🍏🤘 thank you
I've been playing guitar for almost 25 years and this, out of all the electric guitars I own, is the most well crafted with the greatest attention to detail. The contouring is exceptional with the gloss finish which allows the guitar to slide against your body when held and is equally comfortable standing or sitting. The satin front helps anchor your hand. The bottom contour makes playing in classical position incredibly ergonomic. The finish is flawless. Hipshot locking tuners are great and the bridge is very user friendly and will likely make string changes a breeze compared to other locking systems. The pickups are fantastic, clean, and crisp. Pretty much as flawless guitar. Long time fan of Animals for Leaders and very much appreciate the attention to detail that went into crafting these things. My first guitar growing up was a strat, but this is like the ultimate iteration of the model. Had some issues with UPS just dropping this at my place without even ringing the bell, but that is on them for not following protocol (make sure someone is home if you have one of these delivered and checking repeatedly). The case is very well crafted and the guitar was packaged very well for shipping. Fantastic guitar, definitely looking into buying an extended range Larada or Emi if they don't sell out too fast. This won't be showing up on Reverb for resale and no, I am not a bot.
This guitar is truly a whole different animal than the Larada. The neck profile and cutaway make this one of the shreddiest guitars I've ever owned while the pickup configuration allows for any tonal possibility you can imagine.
It's very easy to lose track of time when I pick this thing up. Keep up the great work!
You really need to see these in person to get a full appreciation for how incredibly beautiful they are and how well they are made. This instrument is perfectly crafted with incredible attention to detail.
I've been playing 30 years and this is one of the most comfortable, easy playing, and downright musical instruments I own. The gorgeous roasted maple fretboard is fast and smooth. The body contours allow for easy and ergonomic playing. Even the tuning keys - the rounded design makes accurate tuning a breeze - were considered.
Sound wise, this thing can go from face-melting to crisp, clear cleans (and everything in between). I usually wouldn't prefer a 5-way switch but with the unique S-S-H pickup configuration, it broadly expands the instruments tonal palette.
An incredible instrument and certainly won't be the last Abasi instrument I own.
For the lucky few who were able to attend this event, we spent a day in guitar heaven. A full day in an incredible Hollywood studio with some of the world’s most amazing players. In between songs, they take time to share technique, answer questions, and share their vast experiences to a very small group of like-minded musicians. Between sets, you’re surrounded by cutting edge instruments and gear that you are encouraged to plug in and let fly!
Each artist had their own unique spin on a guitar masterclass which yielded some incredible and diverse results that spoke to a wide array of musical contexts.
Truly one of the best events I’ve ever attended. I was blown away at the humility, kindness, general awesomeness of these artists. They all genuinely seemed to enjoy being in the company of fellow musicians and treated everyone in attendance as if we were in their club. The intimacy of the venue meant that it felt like you were invited to an exclusive industry event where top artists gather to coalesce ideas, theory, and technique. The attendance group was full of friendly faces who were excited to share in this amazing experience regardless of profession, skill level, or genre preference.
Then if all that wasn’t worth price of admission – you get direct access to these incredible and difficult to find instruments. I am now the proud owner of an Abasi ēmi8 along with a photo of the man himself playing It.
If this runs again, do yourself a huge favor and go. Set the nerves and anxiety aside, because the knowledge you acquire here and the access you gain to the world of guitar afterwards is not something worth missing.
I'm a complete novice but bought in anyways, and was able to ask some of the best guitarists in the industry open-ended questions of my choosing while also being able to network and small talk with like-minded musicians & producers.
You'll most likely walk away surging with newfound passion for guitar & music in general, regardless of skill level. Plus, much to my delight, everyone there was extremely friendly and approachable.
this is the best guitar i've ever played. it plays like butter, it arrived without needing a single adjustment, and it feels amazing. the pickups are exactly what i was looking for tone wise, and the sustain im able to get is wild. insanely high quality instrument even while being the more budget friendly option. 8/8 would buy another.
I have a Master 8 in Selenite which I love, but I had been really curious about the Ēmi and wanted to try one. I was lucky enough to snag this beautiful, blue 8 string, and I am very happy I did. The guitar presents as a little neck heavy (like my Master 8) but it doesn’t bother me. The quality of woods, paint job and playing experience are awesome. It’s slightly smaller than my Master and has some other neat angles, but plays very similarly. It came set up perfectly and is a joy to play. I would say that I prefer the Abasi signature pickups, but the tonal variations of the the Fluence Moderns with single coils is a great alternative. A+ tone and playing experience. I’m really happy.