VIDEO: Premier Guitar's Rig Rundown with Javier Reyes & Tosin Abasi. Tosin discusses Blur 8-string extended range guitar beginning at the 8:40 mark.
Rebecca Dirks is my favorite music tech interviewer. She always floats to the surface, no matter the strength of the personality she is matched against. Bemused, and just so slightly detached, she is often more informed about signal chain than the actual artist. I love how she catches musicians off guard.
It's simply great on-camera journalism.
So I was delighted when Brett Eversole sent me a link to Premier Guitar's Rig Rundown with Animals As Leaders onstage in Chicago. Would she pin them against the (metaphorical) wall — or would Javier & Tosin hold their own?
Tosin gave a gracious interview, clearly articulating his rig and also the unique features of 'Blur'. It was thrilling to see the instrument in professional context, part of our ongoing efforts to evaluate the technology as he travels with the guitar on tour.
Tour discussions with Tosin Abasi and Evan Brewer have provided incredibly invaluable insight, allowing me to adapt, adjust, and extend my thinking as a luthier.
I only wish Javier's Viceroy 8-string guitar had not been stolen. We shared a moment at AAL Camp, lamenting the loss of that guitar and the unique sound it would have brought to Animals As Leaders.
Perhaps one day it will reappear.
Tosin uses 'Blur' to play a song called New Eden which features notes in the extended range section of the fretboard, beyond the integrated capo. Note how he has adapted to reaching the controls via both hands. My proprietary 3-D control surface allows him flexibility to prioritize which hand remains in contact with the guitar during play.
VIDEO: Animals As Leaders performing New Eden live.