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Designed by and built here in the US under the supervision of Jack Schwarz, Aero3 Guitars incorporate Aerospace Honeycomb material into chambers in the body. Having worked in a variety of roles from Master Technician to Vice President at Fender and serving currently as CEO of DSMI (parent company of Fano Guitars), Jack took what he learned from years in the industry and put it all into the Aero3 design. These guitars deliver big sustain, acoustically controlling unwanted frequencies while enhancing overall resonance and harmonic frequency response. The brand did not have the funding to fully break through into the market. Because of our close relationship with Jack, we have been offered the remaining stock of Aero3 Guitars to share with our clients. These guitars are prototypes with some minor play wear from testing, which we have made sure to point out in close-up photos. They are a phenomenal value when you look at the construction, hardware, build quality and appointments of the instruments.
What Do We Think?
Designed for high-gain applications, the Michael Frank Braun-designed pickups in this guitar deliver a massive low end and nice upper-midrange push. The pickups retain their grunt even with your hot-rodded Marshalls or modern hi-gain amps dimed. The neck pickup stays pronounced in higher gain settings with enough low end to stay full, but not muddy. The guitar chugs really well with aggressive rhythm tones in the bridge position, and sings with single note lead lines as well. The coil-tap
on the neck pickup also gives the guitar a beautiful shimmer for perfect clean sounds, still warm and thick but with Strat-like tendencies.
The neck is a nice alternative to the modern “slim/fast” necks, still allowing for speed but providing nice support for the hand at the same time. The profile is based off Jeff Beck’s 1963 Strat, noticeably deeper than the shallow ’62 Strat profile. The Jescar “6100”-profile jumbo frets are round and fast, not too tall. Bending is smooth and effortless. The guitar also features GraphTech Ratio tuning keys with gear ratios customized for each string, providing one of the silkiest tuning experiences you’ll ever find.
The bridge is a Fender American Deluxe 2-point Tremolo, machined (not die-cast) for a great feel on the hand and nice sustain. Speaking of sustain, let’s talk briefly about the chambered aerospace design of the Aero3 models. Notes DO sustain longer than your typical guitar, even before cranking the gain. You won’t have to “work” the guitar to milk those long notes out of it.
How Does It Play?
To sum up, this guitar plays like butter. The string action measures just 4/64” on the low E and even lower on the high E. That’s without any buzz. We are big fans of the neck profile and the feel of the entire guitar. Going elsewhere to find the same specs, quality of fretwork, and beautiful 5A Flame Maple Top is going to cost a heck of a lot more. We’re sad the Aero3 line didn’t have the financing to break into the market with more production, but happy we got a few before they’re gone.
The G&G hard case pictured is included.
Serial #: A3150017
Top: 5A Flame Maple
Finish: Red Translucent
Body: Alder (Aerospace Technology Infused)
Body Binding: Cream
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5” to 12” compound
Tuning Keys: Graph Tech Ratio® Tuning Keys
Nut: Graph Tech Tusq® XL Self-Lubricating Nut
String Tree: Fender American Deluxe
Frets: Jescar Nickel Steel “6100” Jumbo
Bridge: Fender American Deluxe Tremolo
Neck Pickup: MFB Custom
Bridge Pickup: MFB Custom
Controls: Master Volume, Neck Tone (push/pull), Bridge Tone, 3-way Switch