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Our customers and players are usually pretty unique musicians - creative people who are searching outside the normal paradigm of guitar.
A perfect example is our good friend and Gryphonista, Kaki King. Kaki has practically invented a new vocabulary for fingerstyle guitar, and continues to push the boundaries of what is possible for the solo guitar.
Kaki's new album, "Glow", is out now! Pick up your copy, and check out Kaki's tour dates at:
Kaki just sat down with Guitar World magazine to talk about recording "Glow" - here's an excerpt that made us happy:
I imagine you used your signature Adamas guitar. What else? Can you give me some details?
Yes. I did use the Adamas. There’s also a guitar that’s featured three times. It’s a small, 12-string guitar called a Gryphon. It’s high-strung, way above a normal guitar tuning. And it’s made by a guy named Joe Veillette, who happens to live in Woodstock as well. So I hung out with him a couple times. That was sort of randomly awesome and convenient. And that’s on “Great Round Burn,” “King Pizel” and “Fences.” It’s this tight, punchy little gorgeous sound.
How did you come across that guitar?
It was David Torn, who produced a record of mine back in the day. And we met up in Manhattan years later. It was just a lunch, and he had this little guitar. And he said, “Yeah, check this out. This is my new thing.” I had also owned a Veillette baritone electric guitar, which I bought ... I literally bought off the rack at a shop, you know, I was so impressed by it. I loved it. So, anyway, he had this Veillette, and I was like, “Veillette, yeah that guy’s amazing.”
And I put it in my hands, and my first thought was, “I have to own one.” That was just it, and that was years before I did. So, finally I got in touch with Joe and was like, “I really want to get this kind of guitar.” And anyway... I came into possession of a Gryphon, and it just sort of wrote songs by itself. It’s one of the neatest little guitars. It was very important to the record.
Thanks for the kind words, Kaki! We love the new album.
Here's the video for "Great Round Burn", featuring her Gryphon:
OK, OK...it sometimes seems like everything we make is an oddball custom.
However, this one is a little more so - even for us!
This is a custom (obviously) Merlin-sized nylon-string Uke/Guitar (Guitalele?).
Tuned up to A, the highest 4 strings are equivalent to a typical soprano Uke. The lower two courses fill out the full range and make for an easy transition from standard guitars.
This was commissioned by Tim Pierce, our good friend and heavy-hitting studio guitarist. Tim works with the very best people in the industry, and you've almost definitely heard him play - probably almost every time you turn on the radio!
-16.3" scale, custom nylon strings for A-tuning (5 frets higher than standard E-E tuning)
-"Merlin"-size 10.75" body width
-Radiused fingerboard and saddle
-D-Tar WaveLength pickup/preamp system
The "little" guitars always charm us - this one just sounded 'happy', no matter what you played on it!
We're really looking forward to hearing what Tim does with it.
If you're reading this, then you've probably already noticed "our new look" here at Veilletteguitars.com....
We think it looks a lot better - but it's much more than just a facelift. We've put a lot of energy into making our site more user-friendly, intuitive, and functional.
Here's a quick tour of the highlights:
-Our Models pages have been expanded and updated with all the latest specs and lots of new pictures.
-The Flyer series now has its own set of pages, descriptions, and videos, and is quickly becoming its own family of instruments.
-The Articles and Videos pages have been updated with the newest content.
-The About Us page is newly revised with fresh bios about all of us here at Veillette.
There is still more to come - we are already busy on the next round of updates, and really excited about what's coming next!
It's hard to believe it's been almost a month since our last update!
It's been a busy Summer, and we've been just trying to keep up with all the new and exciting things we're working on.
Keep your eyes on this page for several new shapes and models in the coming months, including some pretty exotic beasts...
We've just uploaded four gorgeous instruments onto our "Specials" page.
A couple of them are newer and cleaner than our usual "Specials" - they are prototypes for recent design developments, and both are practically as-new.
It's pretty rare to get instruments this clean (and this nice) with no lead time, and even rarer to find them at these "Special" prices!
Give a call or send an email to find out more about these great deals! They won't last long...
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: