This made-in-the-USA Veillette Terz 12 is an intriguing hybrid of many different guitar concepts. It can be tuned up to your choice of G or A. It’s strung in unison pairs of strings, which produces someof the jangle of a 12-string guitar with clean shimmer of a mandolin or bouzouki. The sound of the higher tuning and shorter scale (22") is powerful and complex - bursting with harmonics and 'cut', and perfect for layering over other guitars, doubling, or accompanying singers or instruments with a naturally higher range.
The 13.5" wide lower bout and 3-7/8" thickness strike the perfect balance of compact comfort and acoustic volume. Nicknamed "Terzilla" in the shop, this little beast is shockingly loud for its modest size. With its fast, tight, and defined lower register and thick natural chorus, the Terz 12 also excels for solo fingerstyle playing, particularly for the adventurous guitarist seeking something beyond just another standard 6-string.
The name of this instrument comes from the classical "Terz" (Italian for "Third"), an instrument designed to be tuned up a third from a standard guitar. These shorter-scale classical instruments were designed to accompany and extend the range of standard-tuned guitars in ensemble playing.