Veillette Guitars, led by veteran luthier Joe Veillette, has established a international reputation for innovation and excellence with an astonishing canon of limited-run, high-quality, hand-crafted instruments that deliver exceptional playability and unique tonal range. Informed by Joe's 40 year career as a engineer, master craftsman and performer and developed through his willingness to play with scale lengths and string tensions, the self-styled "king of weird sh*t" has rightfully earned his moniker as the driving force behind a product line that includes some of the world's most inventive acoustic designs.
Of course, such sumptuously crafted instruments inevitably come with a price tag well north of the reach of many guitarists, which is why The Acoustic Centre is so pleased to be the exclusive UK representative of the brand new Avante imprint - serious guitars, of professional quality, priced for the working musician.
Manufactured in Korea under exclusive license, these instruments don't just look like a Veillette guitar, they truly perform like one. Every single element - from the bracing, frets, and neck shape to the control locations and pickup type - has been guided by Joe Veillette's meticulous eye for detail, ensuring that Avante guitars retain the unique characteristics of their premium, bespoke namesakes, whilst collecting their versatility, tonality and personality into a far more affordable package.
Baritone guitars have long been a Veillette speciality and this new Avante model, informed by years of experimentation, has been designed from the ground up to be a fully independent, affordable, alternative to a standard tuned acoustic 12 string. With every detail - from intonation and string tension to scale length and body construction - painstakingly refined, the result is an exceptionally accessible, well-balanced and dramatically inspiring instrument in its own right.
Featuring a solid Mahogany body and Sitka Spruce top, the Avante Baritone Twelve possesses a deep, perfectly defined voice with superb projection and unexpectedly complex and nuanced upper register overtones. Its offset sound holes, a Veillette hallmark, work especially well to let the lower frequencies sing clearly and forcefully. In addition, the enhanced structural strength of the continuous grain between bridge and neck means that the internal bracing is lighter and less rigid, allowing the top to be considerably more responsive and capable of outstanding bottom-end power and chiming clarity.
The 26.125" scale length is optimally matched to Veillette's custom-designed string sets and, in conjunction with the use of a zero-fret, provides flawless intonation and a smooth playability that any guitarist will immediately feel comfortable with.
In action, the Avante Baritone Twelve redefines the expression "room-filling". With the shimmering zing of the octave strings perfectly complementing the instrument's oceanic depth, common chord shapes and fingerpicking patterns are transformed into something powerful and majestic. Digging in with a flatpick further unleashes the instrument's lush, full growling bass, crisp treble response and satisfyingly massive sustain.
If you're looking for a truly colossal sound, the Avante 12-string baritone guitar is a dream come true. Whatever your style, the Avante's distinctive tone - perfect for ensemble or solo performance, on stage or in the studio - will inspire new ways to express your creativity... and everyone will wonder where the other three guitars in the room are hiding.
Handcrafted under exclusive license, The Avante Baritone Twelve features...
Solid Sitka Spruce Top
Solid Sapele Mahogany Back & Sides
Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge
Piezo Transducer with Active Preamp
26.125" (66.4cm) Scale
19.25" (48.9cm) Body Length
- Choice of Clear or RetroBurst Finishes
- Complete with Custom Veillette Soft Case