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A real piece of history...
July 7, 2009
It's not often we get to see something this old, in such good shape and still sounding great!
Here, for historical and entertainment purposes, we present:
Joe Veillette Guitar #6, dated June 1974, Grahamsville, NY.
After leaving behind his position as an architectural designer, Joe moved 'upstate' to Grahamsville and started building acoustic guitars by hand (with very minimal tools). This guitar is from that period, and is the 2nd nylon-string instrument Joe built.
Influences from Michael Gurian are visible in the simple, rounded-end headpiece and clean lines. The colorful double-helix rosette (visible in the inset) is made in the traditional 'bundled sticks' method, again by hand.
Back and sides are mahogany, with a Sitka spruce top and maple bindings.
35 years later, this guitar sounds and plays great. It's been spared the ravages of age, and is still in great shape cosmetically and structurally. The bottom end is thick and pliant, and the trebles have a very meaty quality with a nice strong impact.
Special thanks to Bob Gasster at Select Guitars for reuniting us with this guitar.
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