Veillette Avante Gryphon Acoustic Guitar Hightuned 12String

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Whether plugged in or acoustically, the Avante Gryphon is in a class by itself. Celestial, sparkling highs and punchy mid-register allow the Avante Gryphon to shine in a wide range of applications. Guitarists can immediately play mandolin-style parts in a new high register without learning a new tuning. As a songwriting tool, for doubling or layering in studio, and even as a compact traveling companion, the Avante Gryphon is guaranteed to inspire.

Veillette Avante Gryphon Guitar Features

  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Solid Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge
  • Piezo transducer and active preamp
  • 18.5" Scale
  • 32.5" Overall length
The Avante Gryphon also excels as a guitarist-friendly alternative to traditional folk instruments like the bouzouki, mandocello, and Cuban tres and cuatro.

With eye-catching small size and clean modern design, the Avante Gryphon stands apart from the crowded market of typical 6-strings, and offers a new and exciting alternative for any player looking to expand their range and versatility beyond the boundaries of their favorite guitar.

Veillette Guitars takes great pride in offering guitarists a whole new tonality in an affordable package. Veillette Gryphons have found their way onto the biggest stages been and heard on some of the most listened-to recordings in the business. The Avante Gryphon continues in this tradition delivering the same exciting tonal personality: mandolin-like punch, with shimmering, naturally chorused top end character.

Avante by Veillette instruments are equally at home on stage, in the studio, or in the most intimate acoustic setting.

Product Specifications
Veillette Avante Gryphon Acoustic Guitar Specifications
  • Tuning: D – G – C – F – A – D
  • Back/Sides: Sapele Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Binding: Ebony
  • Fret Markers: Side Dots Only
  • Tuner Finish: Black Chrome 
  • Scale: 18 1/8 inches (460.4 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 15/16 inches (49.3 mm)
  • String Spacing: 2 3/8 inches (60.5 mm)
  • Body Length: 15 1/8 inches
  • Overall Length: 32 1/8 inches
  • Upper Bout: 8 3/4 inches
  • Lower Bout: 12 5/8 inches
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 2 7/8 inches
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 3 9/16 inches
  • Frets to body: 13
  • Case: Original Soft – Gigbag
  • Pickup: Piezo with Active Preamp and Volume and Tone Control
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
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Spence Submitted: 7/23/2018
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Game Changer
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What is your opinion of this product?
The mandolin is a fine instrument, but let’s be honest, some of us guitarists don’t have the hours in a day to woodshed an unfamiliar instrument for a few select parts. The Gryphon fixes this problem, as well as adding a great auxiliary acoustic instrument to your arsenal. It tracks wonderfully with existing acoustic parts, much like a high strung guitar, and absolutely kills in the mando department. It’s built very well, and you should stop reading this and just go buy it already. Trust me.
David Lee Submitted: 7/22/2018
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I became aware of the Veillette Avante Gryphon high-tuned 12-string completely by accident on YouTube. Because I was familiar with Joe Veillette as a well-known custom builder of high-end acoustics, I was intrigued when I saw this guitar and watched some of the posted videos. It was evident from those clips that this was something special. However, as good as the clips might be, they can't give you a truly accurate idea of the pristine sound quality that you're going to hear when you actually have this guitar in your hands. The Avante Gryphon is a Korean-made version of the Gryphon custom shop model that Joe Veillette makes by hand in Woodstock, New York, and that sells for four times the price. Upon discovering a small Korean guitar maker that could make an affordable version of the Gryphon that met his high standards, he agreed to the production of this model. The Avante Gryphon has a solid mahogany body, sitka spruce top, double-acting truss rod, piezo pickup under the bridge saddle, and a custom-voiced preamp with a 9-volt battery box. Volume and treble roll-off controls are located inside the upper sound hole. The design is fantastic and the workmanship is flawless. The Veillette is tuned up 10 frets from a standard acoustic so it's as if you placed a capo at the tenth fret of a regular guitar. The tuning is D-to-D and, unlike a standard 12-string, all the strings are tuned in unison. All the chord shapes and scale patterns you already know still apply. This is definitely NOT a mandolin. For one thing it's much more resonant. It's a unique instrument with its own character and I would suggest watching the YouTube clips to get an idea of what it's capable of. The sound is so pure, so clear, so perfect that, as I remarked to a friend of mine, "I wouldn't even want to hear the expensive hand-made version." I have a lot of guitars - possibly too many guitars - but this is one of the very best and most enjoyable instruments I own.
Tad Submitted: 2/2/2018
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Very underrated
What is your opinion of this product?
First off this should be listed as acoustic/electric 12 string. Not in the travel guitar section. Joe Veillette build amazing Guitars! Now this one isn’t his ones made in USA but this is worth the price of admission! It’s like u took a capo and put it at the 10th fret on a normal acoustic! So it sounds so close to a mandolin! I use it live for layering guitar parts when there are already enuff guitars on stage. But it can be used as the only guitar on stage too!!! It sounds amazing!! The pickup that’s installed is very natural sounding. Do a search on the net for Joe Veillette! He is the MAN!!!
Keith Submitted: 3/30/2017
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Delivers as advertised!
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Great instrument. You can really cop the mandolin vibe plus lots more. Inspiration out the wazoo. Plays like a dream. Coolest thing I've bought in years.
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