This Week in the Shop|
Get the first look at the latest new instruments, works-in-progress, artist updates, and other Veillette news!
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.
Introducing...The Parlor 14"
June 9, 2009
It sometimes seems like not a week goes by when we don't come up with something new. Usually, it's something we've been itching to make for a long time and have finally gotten around to building.
This new is certainly one of those - we've been looking forward to this one for a while! Behold - the Parlor 14"!
This shape completes our full spectrum of sizes, from the 13" Gryphon to the 17" Bass. It's a comfortable delight to hold, with a very intimate feeling and no right-arm discomfort.
The 25" scale and shallower box emphasize the midrange and really let this guitar project - shades of resonator guitars and even Selmer/"Django" sounds are present, along with a very vocal quality. Note separation and articulation are also outstanding, and the whole range of the guitar is very quick, sensitive, and responsive.
With the addition of the 14" shape, we can now fine-tune every aspect of a custom guitar to target an exact sound and response for any musician's needs - from the delicate fingerstylist to the heavy-handed rhythm player, and everyone in-between.
The 'Pre-War' Veillette...
May 29, 2009
Every Veillette has its own personality, and some particularly stand out.
This week's feature is a very special order that just shipped to Terra Guitars in Connecticut. Check them out at http://www.terraguitars.net
The back and sides are Brazilian Rosewood, the most sought-after guitar wood by far. Used in the classic "pre-war" Martin guitars, Brazilian Rosewood is now endangered, and is very rare and pretty expensive! Terra Guitars worked with a company that legally imports recovered Brazilian wood from stumps and older fallen trees, and this guitar is the result!
That's not all - the top on this guitar is Adirondack Spruce, another classic wood that is hard to find these days. The Brazilian/Adirondack combination is found on some of the world's best and most desired acoustic flattops.
To complete the package, an ebony fingerboard and bridge and flamed koa binding lend a little flash to this classic package.
This is the first Gryphon built from Brazilian Rosewood, and it had a unique resonance and responsiveness - the body was 'humming' and vibrating in our hands just from ambient noise in the shop!
This is the first of several special pieces we're making for David Butler at Terra Guitars. Next on the line will be a Swift Gryphon with lots of beautiful walnut.
Behold...The Alpha Bass!
May 22, 2009
Hot off the setup bench this week, it's the latest addition to our Alpha line - the Alpha Bass!
Like our Alpha guitars, this bass is handmade in our Woodstock shop, and features the same quality construction and innovative features as our Paris models.
The adjustable-height piezo bridge gives the player total control over action and feel, and the Volume and Tone controls open up a very wide range of tones. Like all our basses, this instrument is very responsive to finger technique, and a lot of variety can be had by simply moving the right hand position.
The satin finish and plain top give this bass a 'workman-like' appearance and a classy, understated vibe. These options also make the Alpha our most affordable bass yet.
Lightweight, classy, killer-sounding, and more affordable...what's not to like?
It's here!! The Acoustic Bass has landed...
May 13, 2009
So, it's confession time. AndE and Martin are both bass players, so we've both been extra-excited to see and hear this one. We love guitars, and do play them. But, deep down (ha!), this bass has been on our minds for a long time.
Well - we're defnitely not disappointed at all!
This first Acoustic Bass feels fantastic, looks killer, and (most importantly) just sounds great.
This one is a fretted 4-string, 34" scale, dressed up in tobacco burst.
A fretless 'twin' will be forthcoming soon. (Very soon if AndE has anything to do with it!) Meanwhile, Joe will have pry it from our hands so we can get some work done around here.
The "Hole" New Look for Spring...
May 1, 2009
OK - it's a bad pun.
Anyway - the guitar is back from finish, and looks fantastic.
This is our newest - a 15" standard-tuned 12-string. It's as close as we've ever come to making a 'traditional' shape, and it's been really nice watching it take shape.
Acoustics have been the big news around here lately, and more will be forthcoming soon (when a certain bass is buffed out and ready for setup...)
Check back soon for pictures of the finished guitar!
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