Veillette Guitars has unveiled its newest model, the AeroElectric True-Twelve 12-string semi-hollow electric.
The guitar eschews a lot of the traditional approaches to the semi-hollow format, bearing the same shape as Veillette’s other Aero Thinline acoustic and AeroElectric guitars. A dramatic single-cutaway for easy upper-fret access is made into a deep, resonant body. Veillete explains its manufacturing methods further, delving into how the design reduces the risk of feedback, saying “the Aero’s construction is unique in that the bridge/top connection and mechanics are exactly those of a standard-built acoustic instrument exception that the “floating” responsive area of the spruce top is greatly reduced. The result is exceptional acoustic tone with no danger of feedback.”
Veillette also notes that the guitar is “designed specifically as a 12-string guitar, not just a 6-string with a wider neck and more strings.” This means that the guitar boasts a compensated zero-fret for more precise intonation, which can be an issue in 12-string versions of 6-string guitars.
The guitar’s neck is mahogany, while the poplar body comes with a sitka spruce top. This 12-string model of the AeroElectric has a 24.125-inch scale length and 14-inch radius, as well as an ebony fretboard and 22 frets.
With regards to hardware and electronics, this model comes with a tune-o-matic-style two-piece bridge, Hipshot tuners, two single-coil-sized Seymour Duncan Vintage Rail humbuckers, a master volume and tone knob and a three-way selector switch.