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We're very happy to announce our latest dealer - Paramount Guitars in Watertown, WI.
Kenn Fox at Paramount has a great inventory of beautiful handmade instruments, and we're very happy to be working with him!
His first Veillette in stock is a gorgeous Gryphon 12 cutaway in our ever-popular Deep Red color. A Terz 12 is on the way very soon also. Stop by, drop an email or phone call, and stay tuned to Paramountguitars.net for the new Veillettes!
Our good friend Kaki King is right here in Woodstock recording her new album! How exciting...
Kaki has been touring with her two Gryphons and writing a lot of material, so we're really looking forward to hearing this latest recording. Of course, since she's in town, it was natural that she would stop by and see what other cool guitars we have for her to use...
Here's Kaki with a Grand 16" Baritone 6. On stands, you can see her custom Gryphon and a brand-new Terz 12-string. Nobody plays quite like Kaki, and we're sure that she will bring textures and tones out of these guitars that we never knew were in there!
See, hear, and follow Kaki at her website:
Introducing our latest new development: the Merlin!
Anyone who watches this page will know that we are constantly developing new models and expanding our line of unique & useful guitar concepts.
Our newest (and arguably cutest) model yet takes our classic Gryphon concept a step further, with a smaller 10.75 body width and a full-octave-up tuning.
Though it's our new smallest instrument, the Merlin has a great big personality. Inspired by one our clients who asked for a “mandolin killer”, the s unison-tuned courses deliver a very convincing mandolin flavor, with greater range and easy, familiar guitar tuning – none of that “pesky” transposing!
The 16.3” scale neck is tuned a perfect octave above standard tuning, meaning that all chord shapes and note locations are identical to a standard-tuned guitar. This makes the Merlin an amazing and effortless tool for doubling or accompaniment. The Merlin is more than just a color instrument, though – it’s an inspiration machine, bringing out new concepts and techniques from everyone that picks it up.
The downsized body gives the Merlin a very unique voice and tonal contour – more strident and brilliant than its larger Gryphon cousin, with a more powerful midrange that cuts through a dense mix, and interwoven with shades of charango and even autoharp textures. The scale length and body size are perfectly matched to the tuning, unifying into a sweet, shimmering and responsive instrument that will inspire any guitarist to think and play differently.
Here's our good buddy John Sebastian givng the Merlin a little fingerstyle workout:
Small is beautiful!
Most of our guitars get shipped to their new happy homes...
But sometimes, somebody comes by the shop in person to visit and take home their new friend...today we got a visit from Artie Foster, who took home a beautiful natural-finish Flyer 6-string:
Gotta love the license plates. (The E-class Benz ain't too shabby either!)
After her visit to our shop last week, we were really pleased to find two great new videos of our good friend Kaki King and her Gryphon.
Kaki's work is all about expanding (and even redefining) the concept of guitar tone, range, and technique. Our unusual guitars seem to fit right in...
These great clips are from Brazil's "Estudio Showlivre".
Thanks to Kaki for being such a great player and ambassador for Veillette all over the world!
Check out her tour dates and buy her killer albums at http://www.kakiking.com!
Ulster Magazine, our area's beautiful new bi-monthly publication, has just released a lovely article about Joe Veillette in their latest issue!
(It's titled "King of Weird" - a strangely appropriate title, we think.)
Many thanks to feature writer Jason Upchurch and photographer Mike Bloom, who did a lovely job putting this article together!
It features a number of insights and comments that really capture the feel of Joe's personality, design concepts, and sense of humor (dig the glasses!).
Check it out online! (We're on page 48.)