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Damir Besic


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 10:34 am    
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this looks like a perfect light weight, giggin guitar... super compact, modern steel... yet, I can't find any info on it, no reviews.no videos, no players, nothing ... this guitar could be loaded with 5 pedals and 5 knee levers ... anybody plays one? nyone heard one? anything?



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Richard Sinkler


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 1:18 pm    
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http://www.gfimusicalproducts.com/aero.html
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Damir Besic


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 1:56 pm    
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Richard Sinkler wrote:
http://www.gfimusicalproducts.com/aero.html


right, that's where I got the picture from, I'd like to hear from someone who has one, or has a video or sound sample or something, I'd like to see a review or two...
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Ken Pippus


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 3:09 pm    
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Short scale.
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Damir Besic


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 3:53 pm    
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Ken Pippus wrote:
Short scale.


is that a bad thing or something? It is strange to me that nobody talks about Aero models, there is plenty info, reviews and videos of any other GFI models, but nothing on Aero, which I find pretty strange...
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Richard Sinkler


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 4:12 pm    
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I never heard of it either. Is it too new?
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Jack Wilson


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 7:25 pm     areo
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Mike Sigler is who you need to talk to. Mike Sigler and Gene Fields both worked on the idea together so Mike would have a guitar for overhead plane compartment. Mike took the first one, Blackie Taylor took the 2nd. I built one for myself that is goldvein with Expo caps front and rear. I still have that guitar and like it a lot. It is 4X5 with the 4th pedal a Sigler pedal. Bob may have sold another one, I can't remember, But there is only 3 or 4 out there. There are still three frames on the self waiting for orders.
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John Scanlon


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 7:31 pm    
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Don't know the difference, but it looks just like this one.

https://youtu.be/9FMhuyL_HRo
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Jack Wilson


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 7:39 pm     youtube clip
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guitar in that youtube video is an Ultra keyless, 24" scale. The Aero is same guitar but 22.5 scale
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Stu Schulman


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2017 10:44 pm    
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A few years ago Fred Newell brought one of Those to Anchorage Alaska and we wound up playing some together and he had one like that he had it in the overhead compartment of the plane ,and although I didn't get to play it I thought that it sounded great and I wanted to have a guitar like it...I didn't hear any weirdness from the short scale.
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John Scanlon


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Post  Posted 6 Nov 2017 6:34 am     Re: youtube clip
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Jack Wilson wrote:
guitar in that youtube video is an Ultra keyless, 24" scale. The Aero is same guitar but 22.5 scale


Interesting. Thanks. I’ve noticed that on the company webpage, this guitar is categorized under Ultra. If you click Ultra, it then gives you two options, either “Aero” or “keyless.”
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K Maul


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Post  Posted 7 Nov 2017 5:48 am    
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I have a 22 1/2" Ultra that is basically an Aero made before they marketed it under that name. I have 4+5 on it with an Alumitone pickup,it originally had a GFI 2. It is very light and compact and fits on a tight stage like a lap steel would. It sounds great and plays very smooth. Sustain is not a problem. No video of it,sorry. GFI told me mine was originally sold by Gene to Bobbe Seymour.
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ajm


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Post  Posted 7 Nov 2017 8:49 am    
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The Ultra is a 24" scale.
The Aero is 22.5".

Just a comment, but I'd think that you'd want to increase the string gauges on the Aero to keep them from feeling too loose/slinky.
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K Maul


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Post  Posted 7 Nov 2017 9:18 am    
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I do bump my string gauges up a little,mostly on the wound strings.
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Damir Besic


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Post  Posted 7 Nov 2017 1:26 pm    
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ok guys, thanks a lot for the info ... i was surprised when I found out there is no videos, or reviews or anything about that guitar on the internet... you can find something just about any steel out there, except GFI Aero , I have never seen that ... and it looks like a great little guitar, especially for guys who travel a lot ...
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Rich Peterson


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Moorhead, MN
Post  Posted 9 Nov 2017 4:57 am    
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Short scale, heavier strings.... would have a beefier tone, I would think. More like lap steel. Very intriguing.
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John Sluszny


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Brussels, Belgium
Post  Posted 9 Nov 2017 12:02 pm    
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Rich Peterson wrote:
Short scale, heavier strings....

Different gauges ??? Thanks !
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 7 Jul 2019 7:28 pm     reviving Damir's old thread from 2017
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....anyone besides Kevin played these? Who has one? Any updates or further thoughts? I'm surprised there's been no recent discussion. They're still listed on GFI website.
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Will Johnston


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Arizona, USA
Post  Posted 8 Jul 2019 6:27 am    
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I recently purchased a keyless Ultra from formite Dean Rimmer, and as my old man used to say " I don't love it but I'm damned fond of it" Its lite it stays in tune, with the legs and peddle bar in a gun case, the NV 112 is the heaviest thing I take to our jams, yep I like it
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Barry Blackwood


Post  Posted 8 Jul 2019 8:15 am    
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Maybe the closest thing you can get to a Kline these days?
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 8 Jul 2019 8:52 am    
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All well and good, but I'm particularly interested in info concerning the unusual 22 1/2" scale of the Aero for a pedal steel. Tone, playability etc.
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Garry Vanderlinde


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Surf City
Post  Posted 8 Jul 2019 9:35 am    
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I get it...AERO (PLANE). It fits in the overhead compartment.
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