Interesting that you asked that question about veneered sides and the front baffle. Yesterday, I finished veneering my Studios. Today, I routed the forward edge of the veneer as it meets up with the baffle. I used a router with a straight bit. The cutter diameter is 1/16". I cut a shallow groove, I believe this is called a furniture cut. Literally, I borrowed the idea in hopes that visually, it would minimize the veneer standing proud of the baffle. The look is okay and I am going with it.
As I think about your dilemma, I wonder if gluing a veneer edge banding along the flat portion of the front baffle and then routing with a 1/2" round over would accomplish the look you seek. Ultimately, you will to paint the baffle black. It does not really matter what kind of wood is used for raising the edge.
The last picture is a magnified photo of the mahogany veneer proud of the baffle.