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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 lovely pair of nylons...
September 9, 2009

Basking in the last remnants of the summer sun, here is a lovely pair of Swift Nylon-string guitars destined for Sleek Elite in Japan.

These two guitars are identical except for the color, and they sound fantastic! Every time we make one (or two), we realize all over again how much we like these pieces.

Along with these, Sleek Elite will also soon be receiving a beautiful Archtop 5-string bass, and our very first Acoustic 5-string bass!

Hawaii to New York to Hawaii
August 27, 2009

That's where this beautiful Koa top wood has traveled in a few months. It's our first Paris bass with a Koa top and it will be winging it's way to our customer in a few days.


Back in action!
August 11, 2009

OK - that's a terrible pun. Sorry - it's late!

For your viewing pleasure, this is the flamed myrtle back of the latest gorgeous Gryphon, currently en route to Terra Guitars. As if that wasn't enough, this piece also features Madagascar Rosewood binding, fingerboard, bridge, and headplate.

Not bad, eh?

We're also glad to announce that we will soon have our first instrument in stock at Bass Connection in the Netherlands - thanks Edwin!

Finally, we have a couple of new pieces on the Specials page. Those are often gone pretty quick, so call us soon if they look right for you!

It's been a long wait...
July 28, 2009

We've been quiet here for a couple of weeks, keeping very busy making instruments.

So, to compensate, we present...well, it's more than one guitar, for sure.

This is the second doubleneck 6/12, and the first to be fully completed and get past the 'prototype' stage.

There is a whole lot going on inside this guitar! Each neck has:
a pair of Fralin Split-Blade pickups
a piezo bridge
its own preamp
its own set of Volume, Blend, Pickup Selector, and Tone controls

As if that's not enough, there is also a built-in TriColor tuner with a fiber optic display, hidden in the 12-string bridge adjuster.

Weighing in at 9.8 lbs, this is the lightest and best-balanced doubleneck any of us has ever laid hands on. It also happens to sound incredible.

There is a lot of subtle design work that make this guitar much more playable than one would expect. The light weight and neck placement just make it really pleasant and comfortable.

We'll probably make some more.

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.

A New Gem - Walnut Gryphon Swift
June 25, 2009

Here's our latest offspring, a Swift Gryphon in Walnut (body, top and neck) for Terra Guitars. It has wonderful tonal flexibility with the piezo/mag combination and soundhole. It's great having customers who order really cool pieces like this.