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This Week in the Shop
Get the first look at the latest new instruments, works-in-progress, artist updates, and other Veillette news!

A good week for Nylon-strings...
April 2, 2010

It just so happens that this week finds us with a brand-new example of basically every nylon-string we make!

This is a really fun and interesting chance to compare and contrast the different models and options.

What we've learned so far is that they all sound and play great!







The Alpha is our most affordably priced model, with a satin finish, plain top, and 'no-frills' configuration. However, the sound and feel are every bit as good as it's more upmarket siblings.  Plugged in, this guitar sounds incredible - like a great acoustic classical guitar, plus a little extra sustain and punch.






















Next in line is a very similar guitar, dressed up a little bit more:

The Swift Nylon-string adds a figured maple top, optional soundhole/chamber, and black hardware to the visual mix. This example also features an optional mahogany body and neck, which warm up and smooth out the sound a little bit.





















Finally, our newest nylon model:  The Jazz 14" Nylon-string!

The large, continuous air chamber in this larger-bodied guitar make it as light (or sometimes lighter) than a smaller solidbody. Along with the floating spruce top, this also adds more 'air' and acoustic quality to the tone, trading away a little bit of sustain in favor of a very organic sounding attack and decay.  For bossa nova or jazz flavors, this guitar is unbeatable.







All our Nylons feature the fully height-adjustable wooden bridge with piezo pickup and 18v D-Tar Wavelength preamp.


There's no way to decide which of these we like best - they're all excellent!  However, this A/B/C comparison may help

us and our customers decide which guitar best suits their needs and musical personality. 

With our flexible production and extensive list of options and possibilities, we can always design the perfect fit .

The Gryphone? The Gryphette? The G-Minor?
March 19, 2010

Whatever we decide to call it, one thing is for sure:
This is, very simply, the first of its kind.

This is our standard Gryphon body, with a shortened 16.5" scale that allows the open strings to be tuned a full octave higher than 'standard'.

This means all chord shapes and fret positions are the same note names as on a regular guitar - no capoing or transposing necessary!

Even beyond the special scale, this is a pretty special guitar all around, with:

  • Cuban Mahogany Back, Sides, Neck, and Headplate
  • Adirondack Spruce top and bracing
  • Black Ebony fingerboard and bridge

The higher pitch and shorter scale give this guitar a beautiful and charming voice that's different from our ever-popular D-tuned Gryphon - it has a little extra 'lift' that just makes you smile. Our customer agrees!

Anyone with a name suggestion, please feel free to email and let us know!

A gorgeous Gryphon in NYC...
March 10, 2010

This stunning Gryphon electric just hit Ludlow Guitars in downtown NYC.

With a top-shelf walnut burl top and full piezo + magnetic electronics, this piece is all-out both visually and sonically.

Give them a call or stop by to check out this amazing piece!

We've got many more exciting and beautiful guitars coming up soon - including a very unusual Gryphon (the first of its kind), a Bari 6 acoustic with a special visual touch, and an incredible Bari 6 electric.

A new face and a new sound for our Gryphon!
February 3, 2010

We are very proud to introduce the Oval-Hole Gryphon!

This piece, the first of its kind, is destined for Terra Guitars:

Based on our Oval-Hole Studio shape, this Gryphon doesn't just look different - it has a very different voice from our original 'moon-hole' design.

The low end is wider and more 'open' sounding, with a little more volume and 'chop' to the rhythm sound. The high end trades away a little sparkle in exchange for a meatier midrange and stronger attack.

We are thrilled with how this turned out, and there will be more coming! We're also very pleased to be expanding our range of available sounds and options, to really accommodate the needs of all our players.

There's more exciting news coming along - it's going to be a good year!

Some very exciting new Specials!
January 22, 2010

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note this week, to mention that we just posted a couple of very cool new instruments on the "Specials" page.

Both are Standard 12-strings, and together they represent 13 years of evolution of Joe's electric 12-string design.

We'll be doing a roundup of NAMM news and photos soon, but until then we'd like to thank all the players, dealers, and fans who came by the booth and made it a great show!

The Alpha Family
January 8, 2010

With NAMM on the way, here's a preview some of our Alphas that will be out there with us. Come see us at Booth 5276

From left to right, we have:
-Alpha Gryphon
-Alpha Standard 12-string
-Alpha Baritone 12-string

These are loaded with Duncan Vintage Rails pickups and our own crystal piezo, blended through a custom Eclipse preamp.

Poplar bodies, maple necks, wenge fingerboards, and a simple satin finish round out the package.

These guitars are all about function - maximum tonal possibilities, outstanding playability and comfort, and no frills - just some of the best-sounding working guitars you'll ever come across.