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Flyer Basses - reviewed this month in Bass Player!
July 24, 2013

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...

 

Bass Player magazine Veillette Flyer review

 Click on the article page to read the whole review!


 
New Doubleneck in Italy...
July 16, 2013

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...

Veillette Doubleneck Acoustic Guitar

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:

 

Enjoy!


 
Acoustic Guitar raves about the Flyer 14...
June 18, 2013

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."

 

a forward-thinking design, solidly executeda
can’t think of another acoustic guitar that I’ve found so easy to cradle - See more at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/Reviews/Veillette-Flyer-14-Review#sthash.EuSVJFbI.dpuf
can’t think of another acoustic guitar that I’ve found so easy to cradle. - See more at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/Reviews/Veillette-Flyer-14-Review#sthash.EuSVJFbI.dpuf
can’t think of another acoustic guitar that I’ve found so easy to cradle. - See more at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/Reviews/Veillette-Flyer-14-Review#sthash.EuSVJFbI.dpuf
can’t think of another acoustic guitar that I’ve found so easy to cradle. - See more at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/Reviews/Veillette-Flyer-14-Review#sthash.EuSVJFbI.dpuf
can’t think of another acoustic guitar that I’ve found so easy to cradle. - See more at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/Reviews/Veillette-Flyer-14-Review#sthash.EuSVJFbI.dpuf
can’t think of another acoustic guitar that I’ve found so easy to cradle. - See more at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/Reviews/Veillette-Flyer-14-Review#sthash.EuSVJFbI.dpuf

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:

http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/Reviews/Veillette-Flyer-14-Review


 
A truly magical Merlin...
May 8, 2013

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

-Side soundport

-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.


 
Kaki King and Veillette in Acoustic Guitar magazine!
April 17, 2013

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:

Kaki King with Veillette Gryphon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 


 
Veillette Open House - March 23 and 24!
March 13, 2013

Spring is in the air here in Woodstock, and we're ready for it!
 


To celebrate, we're hosting an Open House / Open Shop at Veillette Guitars. We'll have a number of beautiful instruments on display, including a couple of our newest Flyer basses, which have us really excited.
Light refreshments will be available, and we'll be around to give an inside look at how we build the guitars.
The open house will be Saturday and Sunday, March 23 & 24, from 11AM to 5PM each day.

 

Our address:

Veillette Guitars
2628 Route 212
Woodstock, NY
12498

 

Click here for a map


Come join us - play some guitars and basses, tour the shop, and have a fun time!


 

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