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Avante Gryphons are now in stock and available across the US, as well as in the UK, at the following Veillette dealers!
In the USA:
-Dream Guitars, Asheville NC
-Truetone Music, Santa Monica CA
-Paramount Guitars, Watertown WI
-Matt Umanov Guitars, New York NY
-Gryphon Stringed Instruments, San Francisco CA
In the UK:
House Music Ltd.
1, Mulberry Court
+44 (0)1276 453079
Any one of these great dealers will be happy to help you with getting an Avante Gryphon into your life! We don't expect them to stay in stock for very long...
At last! The long-awaited first production run of Avante Gryphons has arrived, and they are really spectacular!
The tone, playability, woods, and build quality of these instruments have all exceeded our expectations - we are very pleased, and very proud of the results.
The included custom-designed Veillette case is also a real beauty.
We are shipping our pre-orders and stocking our dealers' inventories, so this first batch is moving fast...
Call us for more info. on how to get your hands on an Avante!
What's this? Well, it's the newest revision of our Paris bass!
Tentatively called the "Paris Nouveau", this bass has been tweaked to dramatically improve the balance and ergonomics.
The neck has been redesigned to 21 frets, with a neck-to-body joint at the 13th fret position. This means a much shorter neck extension, and a more optimal strap button placement. The changes may look subtle, but they mean a lot in the right places.
As shown in the above photos, the back of the neck heel is cut away more deeply as well, so upper position access remains comfortable and easy.
The result is a bass that hangs 'just right', in the lap or on the strap. The left hand is free to move without worrying about supporting the neck - how nice! Even as a 5-string, this bass stays where it's put and doesn't 'dive' the way so many other basses do.
This latest Paris also features a new design of our adjustable-height wooden bridge. This compact and elegant bridge allows for independent adjustment of both sides, for perfect fine-tuning of action. Unlike our older design, the new bridge also lets the player use standard-length strings, for much more flexibility of choices.
We are very happy with this new bass and are looking forward to making this our new standard bass model! It sounds great, feels great, and we think it looks pretty nice too...
It's been over a year since our last Newsletter - and we've got a lot of things to report!
New models, new details, new players and the big, exciting Avante project - it's all there, with plenty of photos and videos to tell the whole story!
We're excited to be the featured shop in the upcoming issue of Premier Guitar magazine!
Premier Guitar is known for having some of the best-written and most diverse content of almost any guitar magazine, and we are proud to the the focus of such an in-depth article - it covers everything from Joe's early history building acoustics, right up through to the current Avante project. It really captures the vibe of who we are and what we do. Thanks so much to Thomas Scott McKenzie and everyone at Premier Guitar for such a great piece, and to Mike Bloom for the killer photography!
Here's a cool new piece that just came off the bench, and we're really pleased with how it came out!
This is a custom Flyer 13" with a distinctly "jazzy" personality -
Custom features include:
-Dimarzio PAF magnetic pickup
-Tune-o-matic height-adjustable bridge (with interchangeable wooden upper bridge for a more acoustic-like tone).
The client specified an instrument with good feedback resistance and sustain, so we designed a thicker-than-usual top and some special bracing.
The result is a perky, responsive, and authentic "jazz box" tone in an extremely comfy and portable package, with none of the clunkiness, fragility or feedback of a typical "L"-style guitar.
Most amazing of all, this instrument fits in our "baby"-sized Gryphon case, making it the largest-seeming small guitar we've ever come across!
Videos coming in a few days of this super-cool axe!