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From all of us at Veillette Guitars, best wishes for a great Holiday season!
It's been a great year for us, and stay tuned for a new Newsletter very soon with a wrap-up of all we've been up to in the last half of 2012.
In the meantime, here's a lovely solo bass arrangement of a holiday classic, from our friend Kenji Takeda in Japan,
played on his custom Paris 5-string fretless:
(We love that little tree in the background!)
Many thanks to Kenji Takeda for a beautiful video - and Happy New Year!
It's always big news when a new bass emerges from our shop...after all, AndE, Martin, and Tim are all bass players!
Now, after months of inquiries and customer requests, we've completed the first two Flyer Basses...and they are really special. We're thrilled with the results, and already working on the next ones.
Inspired by the same design goals as our Flyer guitars, the Flyer Bass seeks to strike a new balance between the acoustic and electric worlds, in a comfortable and practical instrument that appeals to both.
Plugged-in, the Flyer has a tremendous, full-range amplified tone that rivals the best acoustic basses — responsive, sensitive, and natural-sounding, with an incredibly authentic "acoustic" personality. Unplugged, the Flyer Bass is great for practice or intimate settings.
Most striking about the Flyer's tonal personality is the clean and well-defined attack. Notes start quickly and precisely, and remain clear and distinct even when played fast. Compared to the "spongy" and "slow" feel and response common to many acoustic basses, the Flyer has speed and punch.
With its 14" body width and full 34" scale, the Flyer Bass feels familiar and approachable. And, at just under 5 lbs., this is an incredibly comfy bass...about half the weight of many solidbodies!
We've already filmed a couple of videos - stay tuned for more!
Happy Thanksgiving! We're ever-thankful for all the creative and open-minded guitarists who keep pushing Veillette Guitars forward, and feeding us with new ideas and inspirations!
Here's our latest "family member", the incredible Christie Lenée.
She stopped by the shop to pick up her new Gryphon, and filmed this beautiful tune on Joe's new Flyer Doubleneck. This is the first time she ever played this guitar!
For us, anyway - this guitar was the star at our table during the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers' Showcase.
It's Joe's new gig guitar, and we're all really, really pleased with it!
This is the first prototype of the Flyer Doubleneck.
At 6.2 lbs, it is astonishingly lightweight - and even more impressively, the balance is just about perfect.
No neck dive, and the same weight as many traditional single-neck acoustics!
If the guitar is going to be this light and this well balanced - "what the heck", it might as well have two necks, right?
Many players don't ever consider doubleneck guitars - mostly because they're usually heavy, unbalanced, and no fun to play.
This instrument makes a compelling case for doublenecks as useful, comfortable, and truly satisfying - it's a very playable guitar.
(And did we mention it weighs 6.2 lbs? Really.)
This is really a good one - it may be Joe's favorite personal gigging guitar yet.
Well, it's that time of year again - one of our very favorite times, in fact!
Time for the 2012 Woodstock Invitational Luthiers' Showcase
We will be there along with 40 other fine builders of high-end, handmade acoustic instruments.
We'll be showing some of our newest creations like the Merlin, alongside our "modern classic" models like the Terz and Baritone 12.
There will also be a few "specialty" pieces that are guaranteed to turn some heads....including Joe's new personal gig guitar.
Here's a clip from a past Luthier's Showcase featuring 4 Veillettes (three guitars and one Joe!) onstage together, alongside Larry Campbell and Jerry Mitnick.
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: