This Week in the Shop|
Get the first look at the latest new instruments, works-in-progress, artist updates, and other Veillette news!
One guitar, two necks...
February 16, 2009
...two switches, 2 piezos, 3 knobs, 4 magnetic pickups, 18 strings, and a lot of wires going on inside.
This is the pre-finish test run of Joe's doubleneck, and it seems really, really cool, and lighter than some 6-strings.
The controls and switching are simple but very powerful, with some really cool features that we'll describe more fully when the guitar makes its official debut!
February 6, 2009
Stay tuned for more...
What really happened at the NAMM show...
February 6, 2009
...just a quick snapshot of a 'power networking' meeting with Joe, his 'spousal equivalent' Kim, and some real industry big-shots.
Jaws II - Return of the "Shark"!
February 3, 2009
Behold, the "Shark" guitar, also known as the Mk-I - the very first non-acoustic model produced under the Veillette name, back in 1990 when Joe was still partners with Stuart Spector.
This model brought us customers including Steve Miller, Kaki King, and producer extraordinaire Rob Cavallo. The black guitar pictured above was Joe's personal gigging guitar for years, and it still sounds as good as ever.
These were made in standard and baritone versions, loaded with EMG pickups and piezo saddles, yielding a very flexible and all-purpose guitar. The contours and shapes are very comfortable and familiar-feeling, and definitely stand out on stage with a little something extra.
And now the fun part:
We've come across a stash of Shark bodies, including the killer lacewood-topped Bari shown above (and many more with beautiful flame and quilt tops as well).
These bodies are in great shape, and in many cases are almost ready for finish.
There are a couple of necks also, and all the templates we need to make new ones.
SO - we're happy to say that we will be making these guitars available on a per-piece basis. To start things off, the lacewood baritone will be on our Specials page very soon. After that, who knows?
Of course, if you are interested in a custom guitar in this shape, feel free to call or email - we can do it! Many of the bodies are "blank" and could accommodate any combination of pickups and hardware. All color and finish options are wide open as well.
We're looking forward to seeing these come together! Just another interesting day around the shop.
(Now I wonder what's in those boxes over there....??)
NAMM '09 Report...
January 26, 2009
We're back from NAMM, and rested up a bit!
It was a great show, and we have a lot of exciting news to bring home.
-We'll be seeing some new reviews of Veillette guitars and basses in the coming months.
-A few more great high-end acoustic dealers have come on board and will be getting their first Veillettes soon.
-The new models are getting great reactions from players and dealers.
The warm weather was nice too, and it's always good to see old friends and make new ones.
Here's a peek at the gorgeous "showgirls" this year:
A special "In-house" Custom Paris 4
January 19, 2009
Here's a fun bass with a lot going on:
This 4-string Paris was custom-made for AndE, our production manager and chief woodworker. As is often true of our personal guitars, this one has a lot of special features.
-35" scale ebony fingerboard with pearl dots -Aguilar 3-band EQ with switchable mid frequencies (on a push/pull mid pot) -Active/passive switch (on a push/pull volume knob) -Built-in tuner (on a push/pull Treble pot) -LED tuner display inside the soundhole! -5A English Sycamore top -Matching headpiece
This bass kills, especially for slap, which is AndE's specialty. The 35" scale gives the low E some real kick.
Just another example of how many special options (really - 3 push/pull pots, a tuner, etc. etc.) can be snuck into a clean-looking and classy bass.
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