Watch: Mateus Asato’s latest pedalboard is packed with Jackson Audio stompboxes
The six-pedal ‘board was designed to follow Asato on his travels.
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The interview was conducted by Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher, who quizzed Asato on the travel ‘board he had put together for shows around Brazil. On it are four Jackson Audio pedals: the Asabi and Golden Boy overdrives, Bloom compressor and Modular Fuzz. The virtuoso completed his chain with a Dunlop Echoplex delay and a Strymon Flint reverb-tremolo.
“The Flint is probably one of my favourite pedals ever,” Asato said, calling the pedal a game-changer for him. “The tremolo is a great option as well. [I’m] kind of getting into the keys now, and I’ve been playing the Fender Rhodes [and] it has the tremolo.”
“For me, when it comes to a tremolo effect on guitar, I try to imitate what the Fender Rhodes can provide.”
Earlier this year, Asato partnered with Jackson Audio for a drive pedal to match his playing. The transparent drive section of the two-channel dirt box, dubbed the Asabi, provides “a natural boost” for a characterful clean tone, explained the guitarist. Meanwhile, Asato set the distortion section at about 75 per cent to achieve what he described as a classic hard rock sound.
“When the guys [at Jackson Audio] came to talk to me about having a signature pedal, it was right after NAMM last year and then COVID hit,” Asato explained. “I had to go back to Brazil and we had to discuss a lot of things through [Zoom or Skype]. And it’s hard to say ‘I want it to sound like this’ and we had to ship a lot of stuff. They had to send a lot of things to Brazil and customs there can be a little [bit of a] pain.”
Check out the rest of Mateus Asato’s pedalboard in the video below: