Veillette Aero Electric-Acoustic Guitar

Veillette Guitars introduce the Aero, an acoustic guitar with the thin body and ergonomics of a solid-body electric.

Veillette Aero

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This model is basically a hollow body acoustic guitar that comes in a thinner compact shape that feels much like a solidbody electric, giving you the comfort and playability of an electric guitar, while retaining the sound and look of an acoustic model.

The company describes this guitar as a a dramatic new approach to providing a solution for the need to have a comfortably compact guitar that can still deliver the tonal properties of an acoustic guitar when amplified.

To achieve this, the company followed traditional acoustic guitar builds, starting with a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany for the back and sides. The bridge/top connection and the mechanics do not stray too far from conventional acoustic builds, the main difference being the thinner and shallower hollow chamber. This smaller body makes the instrument more resistant to feedback and viable for high volume stage performances. Veillette Aero describes the guitar body as a "solid-body guitar with very sophisticated chambering to give it the heart of a true acoustic."

The Veilette Aero comes equipped with a Duncan/Turner D-TAR 18-volt pickup/preamp system, a pickup that Seymour Duncan and Rick Turner came up when they worked together. The D-TAR features a thin piezo under-saddle transducer which is paired with an 18-volt preamp that is powered by two AA batteries. Instead of the usual 9-volt preamp, the D-TAR gives you signal more headroom so that hard strumming and pick attacks will not distort or muddy your sound too easily. This makes the Veillette Aero even more ideal for rock, country, pop and other loud music styles. Veillette added volume and tone controls to the pickup system and mounted them discretely under the soundhole for easy access without messing with the guitar's structure and appearance.

The guitar's neck is crafted from mahogany, with a 25" scale length and a 22 fret configuration that meets the body at the 14th fret. And since the Veillette Aero is a custom handcrafted guitar (in Woostock, NY), the company offers a wide array of tone wood and finish options, which include a wide variety of conventional and exotic options. Custom parts modifications are also available, including the choice of either an acoustic style pin bridge or a pinless bridge.

p>If you're not familiar with the brand, Veillette have built guitars for the following guitarists: "Dave Matthews, Chris Martin, Vince Gill, James Taylor, John Mayer, Jorma Kaukonen and Colin Hay, who can be seen in the video below playing an Aero as he performs his Men at Work Hit "Who Can It Be Now?""

The MSRP for the Veillette Aero is $2,750 including a specially designed case that matches the distinct shape of the guitar. For further details, you can head over to Veillette Guitars.

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