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Musikmesse 2016: 660 Guitars' Aviator AV27 electric guitar takes off

MUSIKMESSE 2016: We were impressed by what we saw of Texas co 660 Guitars at NAMM earlier this year, and now the company has launched its latest all-aluminium guitar: the V-shaped Aviator AV27.

Handcrafted with USA parts, the Aviator's body is constructed from a one-piece aircraft-grade aluminium, married to a shallow-oval 16" radius solid graphite/carbon fibre neck, with 25.5" scale length.

Aside from the body materials, 660 Guitars' other USPs is its mini-rail-mounted pickups, which allows for the pickups - in this case, DiMarzio Dominion humbuckers - to be moved closer or further away from the neck and bridge, allowing for increased tonal variations.

Speaking of which, the AV27 is available with a Hipshot USA bridge or Kahler vibrato, while Hennessy NSL-7200 strap locks come as standard, and the guitar ships in an RB Aero low-profile case.

The guitar is available in yellow, red and black finishes, and weighs in at a respectable 7.5lbs - the price tag, however, is $3,400. There's a lot of innovation for your money, but let's hope the Aviator's packing fly-away tone, too.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is editor-in-chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He's spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.