Ernie Ball Music Man has announced the new Kaizen 7-string Tosin Abasi signature. A completely new multi-scale double-cutaway design with a trem system. Revealed at NAMM 2022 as the first of his two upcoming models. Kaizen, a Japanese word meaning continuous improvement over time is the name for this new 7-string and it will be followed by a 6 string model after.
Update 11/16/2022: Now it’s here, the Music Man Kaizen, which was announced in June. Built for modern players and was strongly influenced by the innovative guitarist Tosin Abasi. It’s not cheap, but there’s a lot of detailed work in the design. It is available in two colours, Apollo Black and Spectraflare. However, the latter is limited to only 75 pieces worldwide and almost sold out. What do you think of the model?
Music Man Kaizen Apollo Black
The new EBMM Kaizen features an alder body, roasted maple neck and ebony fingerboard. The 7-string model launches at NAMM, whilst we will have to wait until 2023 to see the 6-string version. This new collaboration with Tosin Abasi is an interesting one, as he already runs his own guitar company Abasi Concepts. Though it has to be said that the Animals As Leaders guitarist is a pretty shrewd businessman and so I can see why he chose to work with such a well-respected brand as EBMM. This multi-scale design measures from 24.75” at the high E to 25.5” at the low E.
Infinity Radius Neck
This multi-scale guitar features some unique new choices, these include the Infinity Radius Neck and a multi-scale tremolo with spring dampeners to help eliminate those unwanted overtones.
“So the fingerboard is actually a bit thicker on the treble side than it is on the bass side. You get this minor little tilt towards your vision field. So there’s a lot of little details like that. – Tosin Abasi
High Performance & Style
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- Continuous improvement over time: EBMM
- Kaizen 7-string multi-scale: YouTube/EBMM
- Steinberg Gearless tuners : YouTube/EBMM
- Kaizen in white: EBMM
- Music Man Kaizen Apollo Black: Thomann