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.
But whilst his guitars are often downright unconventional, Joe forgoes the esoteric body shapes and overt ornamentation typical of the high-end market, favouring an exquisitely beautiful simplicity and utility that clearly expresses his ethos that musical instruments function first and foremost as performance and creative tools, rather than merely eye-candy.
It is through this dedicated, down-to-earth approach (shared by AndE Chase and Martin Keith, Joe's co-conspirators at his workshop in Woodstock, NY) that Veillette has garnered such immense worldwide acclaim and attracted a devoted roster of A-list clients that includes artists as diverse as Steve Miller, James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Mike Gordon of Phish, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Aerosmith's Joe Perry & Brad Whitford, Todd Rundgren, Earl Slick, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Kaki King, Neil Schon and Manowar's Joey DiMaio.
Of course, such sumptuously crafted instruments inevitably come with a hefty price tag, but the Avante imprint finally puts these wonderful designs within reach of 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.
Avante Baritone Six
Baritone guitars have long been a Veillette speciality and, informed by years of experimentation, this new Avante model has been designed from the ground up to be a fully independent, affordable, alternative to a standard tuned acoustic guitar. With every detail - from intonation and string tension to scale length and body construction - painstakingly refined the result is an immensely satisfying and uniquely inviting instrument on its own right.
Featuring a solid Mahogany body and Sitka Spruce top, the Avante Baritone Six has a deep, perfectly defined voice with superb projection. The Veillette trademark offset sound holes work especially well to let the lower frequencies speak 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 clarity.
The 27.6" scale length is optimally matched to Veillette's custom-designed string sets and, in conjunction with the use of a zero-fret, the result is flawless intonation and smooth playability that any guitarist will immediately feel comfortable with.
Perfect for ensemble or solo performance, unplugged or amplified, the resonant, dry, almost piano-like tone of the Baritone Six transforms even the most common chord shapes and fingerpicking patterns into something powerful and majestic. Digging in with a flatpick further unleashes the instrument's lush, full growling bass and satisfyingly massive sustain.
Whatever your style, from americana to alternative rock, the Avante Bartone's deep, clear voice, rich with dynamic overtones, will inspire new ways to express your creativity.
Handcrafted under exclusive license, the Baritone Six features
Solid Sitka Spruce Top
- Solid Sapele Mahogany Back & Sides
- Mahogany Neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge
- Piezo Transducer with Active Preamp
- 27.6" (70cm) Scale
- 19.25" (48.9cm) Body Length
- Choice of Clear or Retro Burst Finishes
- Complete with Custom Veillette Soft Case