The Abasi Pathos distortion pedal presents an impassioned appeal to the varied sonic needs of the modern guitarist. Designed to retain the feel of an American-style tube amp channel, its versatility is derived from the “smooth” and “edge” voicings that range from an emotive crunch all the way to scorching, yet controlled distortion and sustain. The two voicings can be sculpted with a set of musically-tuned EQ shelves and mid control, as well as potent gain and level controls.
It is these precision tools that allow Pathos to encompass the functionality of several dirt boxes in one – be it a push to a driven amp, a full-on distortion channel in front of a clean amp, or a boost in front of a digital modeler. Crafted in the USA by Tosin Abasi in conjunction with Brian Wampler, Pathos is the choice for any discerning guitarist seeking an array of distortion flavors to emote their musical story.
✓ Crafted in the USA by Tosin Abasi in conjunction with Brian Wampler
✓ Designed to retain the feel of an American-style tube amp channel
✓ “Smooth” and “edge” voicings range from emotive crunch to scorching, yet controlled distortion and sustain
✓ Musically-tuned EQ shelves and mid control, as well as potent gain and level controls
✓ High-grand components selected for their superior sound and response
✓ Top-mounted jacks make pedalboard placement effortless
✓ Relay true-bypass switching doesn't affect your tone when disengaged
"If you’re a fan of Tosin Abasi’s guitar playing, the Pathos is a no-brainer, must-have. While it won't give you Abasi’s mega chops, it’s an economical way to access his most fundamental lead and rhythm sounds in a compact package. But even if you’re not an Abasi fan, you’re likely to be knocked out by the detail and dynamism you hear at high gain from this killer all-around overdrive/distortion pedal."
If you play modern metal/progressive metal/djent, or whatever you want to call it, and you are looking for a reliable, multi-voiced pedal, the Abasi Pathos is worth checking out. It provides a wide palette of tones with which to work, both rhythm and lead, and at a price point that is still lower than most of the modern metal boost/distortion pedals that are currently available for purchase. It is also might be the least noisy high gain pedal we have tried. Even with the gain at full tilt, the noise floor (hiss, hum) remains relatively low. And to those for whom this matters, the Abasi Pathos is built in the USA and comes with a three year warranty.
I am thrilled with this purchase. It's an extremely versatile pedal. You can dial it in for beautifully rich and colorful leads, to downright disgusting metal tones. I love how "tight" it feels.
I am new to pedals, always been a modeler, and this one has definitely been one of my favorite pedals so far to dial in.
After using this for a few rehearsals and gigs, it’s a great pedal. It definitely took some time for me to understand how to get the most out of it but now that I’m familiar with the pedal it can deliver a wide variety of tones. One note - the volume must be set quite high for unity gain when the gain knob is set below noon.
Too much compression???
Just got mine, I do like a lot about it, but when playing low frequency notes I think that there is just a bit too much compression. Fast or hard low frequency notes seem to be quieter than lightly played slower notes. I get that it's trying to duplicate a tube amp's natural compression effect, but I think it compensates just a bit too much for my taste. It's more than what my Dual Rect of Engl Fireball does. Would love to know if that can be adjusted. I do love the gain / compression when doing leads. It's just the compression with Rhythm playing
Hey Dave! Thanks for picking up the Pathos. It sure does have a LOT of low end on tap, which can be useful for retaining thickness across a range of amps or sims. Without hearing an example or knowing about your signal chain, I'm guessing the compression you're talking about comes from having too much bass dialed in on the Pathos, which results in a lot energy hitting whatever comes next in your signal chain (like the amp itself). Try turning down the Bass knob quite low - you can go lower than conventional pedal settings and still retain enough low end without making the tone sound weak or anemic. That should help out with the compression artifacts you're describing. Hope this helps!
I'm stoked this pedal is on the market. I just wish it was available 15 years ago.