Update 22/02/2021: This story has been updated to reflect the Jackson Audio’s new name for the pedal, the Asabi.
One of the Asabi’s main feature is its analogue “plug-ins,” which are actual circuit modules you can buy and swap for a completely new sound. The pedal ships with the default module, Modern High Gain, installed internally.
The Asabi features two independent drive circuits. The overdrive section is modelled after the classic Marshall Plexi, while the high-gain distortion draws from the iconic JCM800. According to Jackson Audio, this combination promises to deliver the “soulful overdriven tones” and “liquid high-gain tones” which Asato often uses.
Each circuit also offers four clipping options, which are cycleable by holding down on its corresponding footswitch.
The distortion circuit’s clipping options include a Marshall Guv’nor style; ProCo Rat Style, and two Suhr Riot Style. Meanwhile, the overdrive circuit offers players a choice between a vintage Marshall style; Tube Screamer style, as well as both asymmetrical and symmetrical clipping options.
Both drive circuits share an active three-band Baxandall-style EQ, but feature independent controls for gain, tone and volume.
For an even more versatile performance, there’s also a Gain Cycle feature, which lets players jump between gain stages on the fly. This divides the user-set gain by four equal parts and lets players jump between each by pressing down both footswitches simultaneously.
The Asabi is available now at $349, pick one up at jackson.audio
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