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First strums reveal the VEC lagging behind for acoustic oomph. It feels tight, but as with so many new all-solid-wood acoustics, gradual playing-in is required to unlock more resonance. Aptly, the guitar’s relatively rich tone reflects its rosewood build, with a warm, even slightly dark low-end and a fluid overall balance.
The Aero+ proves plain sailing for powered duties and is generally well voiced. All four EQ bands are smoothly graduated, while phase and notching add further versatility. Apart from the need for discretion with treble and brilliance to avoid papery, brittle highs, the only arguable reservation is that the preamp’s (black on black) rotary controls, though centre-notched, don’t provide the ata- glance settings reference of a slider-based system.
Pros: Warm, rosewoody tone; versatile preamp.
Cons: Dynamics need more playing in.