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We're on the way out to Healdsburg for the 2013 Healdsburg Guitar Festival!
This will be our first time showing, and we're thrilled to be part of of this great event...
We'll have a number of interesting and exciting guitars to show, including...
-Merlin Octave 12-string in Myrtle
-Flyer Doubleneck 6/12
-Baritone 6 and 12
...and several more! If you'll be at the show (or in the area), please come by, say hello, and play some of our latest and greatest!
The rave reviews continue on our Flyer series of instruments!
This month's Bass Player features a pair of Flyer 4-string basses, fretted and fretless.
These basses have a unique mix of acoustic and electric personalities, and BP's Brian Fox had some really nice things to say about them...
Click on the article page to read the whole review!
We never get tired of new Doublenecks, and this is in many ways the most complex one we've made yet!
This was custom-built for a client in Italy, who is thrilled with the result and already exploring the musical possibilities...
This instrument features a standard-tuned 6-string "lower' neck, paired with a 12-string Merlin "upper" neck. The shared E-E tunings let both necks resonate sympathetically with one another, creating an ethereal and ambient texture that really adds an extra dimension, even with simple playing.
Alongside all this acoustic complexity, this guitar also features a polyphonic pickup system with MIDI-ready output on the 6-string neck, and full MIDI patch control onboard.
We're really looking forward to seeing what the new owner will create with this inspiring musical tool...every Doubleneck has pulled new ideas and approaches from the players that have picked them up.
Here's a quick video from the shop, for a quick taste of what this guitar can do:
Our Flyer guitars have been catching eyes and turning heads everywhere they go.
The latest This month's Acoustic Guitar magazine features a great review of our Flyer 14, very nicely written by Adam Levy.
Here are some highlights:
"I can't think of another acoustic guitar that I've found so easy to cradle...every note in the chords spoke sweetly and articulately...I could elicit honeyed warbles or hellhound growls from the Flyer by varying my touch and technique...a forward-thinking design, solidly executed."
Needless to say, we're thrilled with the review - many thanks to Adam, Teja, Scott, and the whole gang at Acoustic Guitar!
Read the whole review here:
When this guitar was done with assembly and setup, we all took a minute to stop and admire it. It's really a uniquely beautiful instrument.
This is a Merlin 12 with a whole lot of extra goodness -
-Bearclaw top with a vivid transparent blue stain
-Intensely multicolored and figured Maccassar Ebony back, sides, fingerboard, bridge, and headpiece
-Curly maple binding with arm and waist bevels
-Ultra-light Gotoh "Stealth" tuners
Weighing in at 2 lbs 15 ounces, this guitar responds to the slightest touch - and can also take the heaviest strumming without giving up.
From mandolin "chop" to delicate fingerstyle sparkle, it retains a refined and powerful voice.
We'll be very sad to see this one go! It's got loads of personality and some of the most gorgeous ebony we've ever seen.
The endlessly creative Kaki King is back on the cover of Acoustic Guitar to celebrate her new album, Glow!
That alone would be exciting enough, but we were extra-thrilled to see this when we opened up the article:
Glow was actually recorded right here in Woodstock, just moments away from our shop.
Kaki used her trusty Gryphon 12 (with custom pinless bridge) on several of the tunes. Here's what she has to say about it:
AG: Are your songs intimately connected to the instruments on which you write them?
KK:"....of course, the tiny 12-string, the Veillette Gryphon that I have, those songs couldn't exist on anything else."
AG: The Gryphon has such an incredible, sparkly sound on the new song "King Pizel". How is that instrument tuned?
KK: Well, I'm in DADGAD but an octave above a normal six-string. On certain songs I have eight notes going, because I tune one string (in a pair) to one note and the other to something else. That instrument allows me to do that. I've tried it on a couple of normal 12-strings with mixed results.
Many thanks to Kaki for the kind words and for the inspiring music! Here's a live video of "King Pizel" featuring her Gryphon...enjoy!