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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!
One of our favorite guitar magazines, Premier Guitar, has a great article this month on the "tragically underused" baritone guitar.
We couldn't agree more - baritones have always been among our favorite 'specialty' instruments.
Joe in the shop Kaki King and her Veillette electric baritone
What's more, the nice folks at Premier Guitar have included a special feature on our very own Joe Veillette, and his long history with baritone instruments, going back to the original long-scale instruments he built for John Sebastian back at Veillette-Citron.
Thanks to Premier Guitar for the special attention, and for rallying around the baritone guitar concept - if you've never played a baritone yourself, go out and try one sometime! They're an awful lot of fun, and you might discover a vocal range you never knew about!
Here's a beautifully filmed short film of the incomparable Kaki King, rehearsing with progressive string quartet ETHEL in NYC this January. The music is "Great Round Burn", from her most recent album.
Kaki is playing her custom Gryphon 12 in Deep Red finish, which goes with her whenever she's on the road.