FV12TB - Trembesi Venus 12 String Cut/Electro SRP: £969.00

FV12TB - Trembesi Venus 12 String Cut/Electro
FV12TB - Trembesi Venus 12 String Cut/Electro FV12TB - Trembesi Venus 12 String Cut/Electro FV12TB - Trembesi Venus 12 String Cut/Electro

Model Overview

The Venus is the now iconic shape that brought Faith Guitars to the consciousness of so many players over the years. The combination of a 15" lower bout and a slimmer depth of body looks to classic OM or Auditorium body-shapes for inspiration, and makes the Venus the perfect compromise.

It is still big enough to deliver a big acoustic performance, yet remains small enough for the player to jump around on stage with no problem

Faith Trembesi instruments are a relatively recent addition to the Faith range. Indigenous to Indonesia – where the Faith workshops are based – this beautifully grained, exotic Trembesi wood sits comfortably between the tonal offerings of Mahogany and Rosewood.

Using Engelmann Spruce for the top and Solid Indonesian Trembesi for the back and sides, each guitar looks quite traditional until the exotic timber is revealed upon closer inspection. Trembesi series guitars will respond well to strumming and finger-style techniques alike, with the frequency curve starting high, dipping a little and rising once more toward the top. The resulting sound is remarkably loud and responsive with evenly balanced harmonics.

Fishman Pre-Amp / Pickup

This Faith Guitar is fitted with the refined, low-profile Fishman INK3 preamp system with the Sonicore piezo pickup located under the saddle. The preamp features a chromatic tuner, 3 band EQ and volume control. The output jack is located at the base of the guitar as part of the ingenious, easy-access battery compartment.


Top Wood Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back Wood Solid Indonesian Trembesi
Side Wood Solid Indonesian Trembesi
Binding Solid Rosewood
Bracing Material Hand-Scalloped Quarter-Sawn Spruce
Bracing Pattern Patrick James Eggle X-Brace Design
Rosette 5mm Abalone with Fibre Border
Neck Mahogany
Neck Finish Satin
Neck Joint Patrick James Eggle Bolt-On Design
Fingerboard Macassan Figured Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 16"
Fingerboard Inlays Mother of Pearl 'F' at 12th Fret
Machine Head Grover Rotomatic Gold
Trussrod 2 Way
Nut / Saddle TUSQ (PQ-6116)/(PQ-9110)
Nut Width Nut 47mm / String Spacing 57mm
Bridge Macassan Figured Ebony
Bridge Pins Macassan Figured Ebony with Abalone Dots
Finish Type Gloss Top / Satin Back and Sides
Preamp / Pickup Fishman INK3 Preamp with undersaddle pickup
Hardcase Included


Upper bout290mm
Lower bout385mm
Depth at neck100mm
Depth at base115mm
Body Length490mm
Soundhole Diameter100mm
Scale Length645mm
Fingerboard Radius16 inch


of owners would recommend their Faith Guitar to a friend or family member **
** Based on 1612 online registrations.
"Great tone, incredible value for money."
United Kingdom
on 01/12/2018
"Absolutely brilliant. Looks fabulous, sounds gorgeous and plays like a dream. "
United Kingdom
on 27/09/2019
"Really enjoying my 12 string
Great sound,action, and looks"
Richard A. 
United States
on 14/06/2019
"What a lovely guitar. I've played guitar for 40 + years and own some top end instruments such as Martins, and even compared to those this guitar is remarkably good. Build quality is excellent, the action and tone are great too. The only other 12 strings I've played that have been this good have been way up the Taylor range, so 2 or 3x the price. Played the Faith at a small house gig the day after getting it and everyone was really impressed with the tone. "
United Kingdom
on 02/09/2019
Very disappointed that several of the strings were corroded close to the bridge"
United Kingdom
on 30/08/2012
"This is a truly beautiful musical instrument. Aesthetically glorious, beautifully set up (thanks Lee!) and with its well thought through neck profile it's very easy to play- as easy as any of my six strings in fact. The smaller body size helps to make the 12 string sound easily controllable. Amplified through my Boss singer amp it sounds glorious. This is an instrument that is full of personality and beauty, Some instruments that you own you find a name for very quickly. This guitar is one of those."
United Kingdom
on 16/02/2019
"hervorragende Bespielbarkeit, sehr guter Preis, gute Hlzer, perfektes Aussehen"
on 15/12/2018
"Great guitar! My Venus 12-String is beautifully made with lovely wood and high quality fittings. It does have a relatively small body compared to a full-size "dreadnought" style but, allowing for this, it has great acoustic sound. The neck, not surprisingly for a 12-string, feels "full" in the hand, but not unpleasantly so, and I can happily play fairly complex finger-picked parts on this guitar. The installed pickup system is more than good enough for my needs and the built-in tuner is simple but very helpful for tweaking the tuning on-the-go (particularly good for a 12-string). The case is well-made too. My only reservation is that this guitar really is a little bit neck-heavy: the Faith headstock looks good but is relatively large with quite a bit of extra wood beyond the tuning machines and on a 12-string, with six tuners per side, this makes for rather a lot of mass at the far end of the neck compared to the weight of the body. It doesn't reduce my enjoyment of the guitar but I'm aware of it, particularly when standing with the guitar on a strap. The simple solution of using a strap with a rough suede backing adds a bit of friction and stops the strap sliding across my shoulder, preventing the headstock from heading floorwards! I spent quite some time looking at a number of electroacoustic 12-string guitars before I settled on a purchase and I have no regrets about buying the FV12TB. I am genuinely very happy with this instrument! (I was all set to buy a brand new one when I stumbled across a virtually unused second-hand instrument for a price that was too good to miss!)"
United Kingdom
on 28/04/2018
United Kingdom
on 25/12/2017
"I think it is fantastic and it has been set up to perfection by richards guitars,i could not be happier with my purchase."
United Kingdom
on 20/12/2017
"Great guitar lovely tone"
United Kingdom
on 03/11/2017
Right out of box tuned up and plays perfect.
Action,sound and finish A1.
So impressed bought another Faith.Drop shoulder.
Easily comparable to my Spira and Taylor.
Quarter of the price.
on 04/08/2017
"I love it. I've never enjoyed playing a 12 string til this one. Brilliant sound and feel. Sounds awesome amplified. Really well built. The luthier who set it up for me was impressed too, so that's good enough for me."
on 2016
"Beautiful tone with a rounded mellow bottom end. Seems to be perfectly balanced when I support the guitar with one finger under the area of the forward strap peg. I like the action which is low and it seems easy to play with a comfortable feel to the neck/fret board. Lovely affordable guitar with a great finish, i look forward to playing it live in the months ahead."
United Kingdom
on 13/02/2017
"Although I still have yet to set the guitar up/have it set up... I'm impressed with build, the look pleased with the initial sound, very big & bright. Once the action is taken down I look forward to many happy times strummin on the Faith."
United Kingdom
on 20/06/2016
"beautiful guitar, well made and even factory fresh sounds very good indeed. Set up is spot on, low action - comfortable to play and buzz free even with heavy playing. Electronics superb, tuner is fast and accurate. Finally - essential for a 12 - intonation is excellent!"
United Kingdom
on 08/06/2016
"Very pleased. Nice action, lovely tone, easy to handle"
United Kingdom
on 21 March 2016
"Looks very well constructed and sounds very rich in tone. Impressed !"
United Kingdom
on 26/02/2016
"Beautifully crafted with a wonderful full tone and very effective preamp. Nicely set up by the dealer resulting in a low and very comfortable action. Even the case is excellent. Very happy with this one!"
United Kingdom
on 20/01/2016
"Superb quality, with rich tones and excellent finish & styling."
United Kingdom
on 14/08/2015
"First faith guitar I have purchasted only had it a day or two but on comparison with other guitars I, ve had the best sounding guitar I have ever had 10/10"
United Kingdom
on 18/04/2015
"Fantastic! Big Sound. Incredibly crisp. I'm a beginner(playing instrument. Really happy with the choice I made."
United Kingdom
on 28/2/2015
United Kingdom
on 31/01/2015
"First impressions: Very well made. Not difficult to play. Great sound. Nice to look at. "
United Kingdom
on 28/02/2015
"I have had an Aria 12 string guitar since 1979 but this is a considerable improvement. It has a very easy action and a warm tone. I was put off slightly at first sight by the absence of inlays and shiny lacquer but appearance is not everything is it?"
United Kingdom
on 22/02/2015
"Only purchased yesterday, early days so still finding touch. Very good quality and easier to play than other 12 strings I've played. Excellent tone and a good volume even though not as big a body as a dreadnought. "
United Kingdom
on 27/01/2015
"So far, having come from a Taylor 110 12-string, and a Taylor 310 6-string, I'm really impressed. "
United Kingdom
on 18/12/1024
"Classy workmanship. Small details like the wooden pins and tuner heads add a classy feel. Sound: yes great. I've heard louder 12-strings but very well balanced. Only critic: the tuner is hard to decipher, especially under stage condition/dim lightnin"
on 13/01/2014
"Absolutely love it, sounds fantastic, looks fantastic, so easy to play."
United Kingdom
on 19/12/2013
"Also replaces my FT165 Epiphone of 40 years. I love this guitar and playing it through my Laney combo is sensational too. Cant recommend it highly enough"
United Kingdom
on 11/11/2013
"very nice finishing, yet to play with it through an amp, but so far very impressed."
United Kingdom
on 28/10/2013
"The guitar just gets better ~ Mr Eggle has designed a pure gem in the Trembesi 12 String. The tone is clear, trebles clear and full of sustain, bass resonant, mid range tone warm. Good looking, joy to play, get it set up right you won't put it down."
United Kingdom
on 18/10/2013
"Only just acquired - have little experience of 12 string guitars so no basis for comparative assessment - tone and playability seem v.good but have yet to give it a complete "workout"."
United Kingdom
on 01/10/2013
"Fantastic value for money considering the build quality of the Guitar and more importantly the wonderfull full, rich sound it produces"
United Kingdom
on 29/09/2013
"So far so good excellent acoustics "
United Kingdom
on 21/03/2013
"For a 12 string, it is very easy to play. The Trembesi solid wood finish is very attractive and make the guitar feel quite light and comfortable to play. Very pleased with the purchase. "
United Kingdom
on 11/03/2013
"It replaces a Japanese Epiphone 12 String that I've had for almost 40 years. It was the best in the store (and happened to be more expensive by a fair margin). but I love it."
United Kingdom
on 04/02/2013
United Kingdom
on 30/07/2012
"Great value for money"
on 19/07/2012


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