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Veillette Guitars in Ulster Magazine...
February 22, 2012
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.)
A nice piece of tail....it's our new tailpiece!
February 3, 2012
OK - "tail piece"...we just couldn't resist the pun...
Anyone who's followed our "What's New" blog will know that we are constantly trying to improve the details of our instruments, to add or improve functionality and make the designs ever better.
Here's our latest upgrade, a really cool new tailpiece!
This "trapeze" style tailpiece is anchored to the body with a single machine screw, hidden underneath the closed surface.
The whole unit swivels freely side-to-side, allowing the strings to find their most comfortable balance point and assuring tuning stability.
The vertical alignment is rigid, but adjustable, allowing the builder or player to fine-tune the downward break angle over the bridge, to ideally match the desired playing feel, piezo pressure, and string gauge.
A cleverly concealed copper conductor grounds the strings without any visible wires, allowing hum-free operation with any pickup configuration.
Available for both 6-string and 12-string guitars, this new tailpiece is a step forward functionally and visually.
It will be a standard feature on our new Flyer series, and on the Elan arched-top electric guitars.
What will we think of next? Stay tuned to find out...
The Flyer - our incredible new model!
January 4, 2012
Let's face it - we're no strangers to unusual guitars...actually, they're pretty much what we're all about.
Every time we come up with something new, it's exciting and opens new doors.
However, certain new developments are particularly inspiring, and feel like something big. This latest model is one of those - we are very, very excited about this:
Behold - the Flyer!
The Flyer’s tone is bursting with personality - an intriguing blend of acoustic flavors, combining flattop, jazz archtop, resonator, and Macaferri-style elements. Echoes of vintage Stellas and classic blues sounds mix beautifully with the chop and responsiveness of a jazz box. The midrange is lively, open, and very vocal – incredible for slide playing and excellent for complex fingerstyle where note definition is essential.
The solid Sitka Spruce top is curved into a “radiused” arc shape, yielding a stiff but lightweight face that responds very differently from your average flattop guitar. The Flyer’s solid maple back and extra-thick bent sides are designed and built to withstand the rigors of travel far better than traditional acoustics – making this the perfect traveling companion or touring guitar. The full-scale (25”) 22-fret neck and compact body result in a very satisfying full-sounding guitar.
Unplugged, the Flyer has much more volume and “cut” than its small size suggests, with projection that rivals many larger guitars. Plugged in, the Flyer’s distinctive personality shines through the high-fidelity onboard electronics, resulting in an incredibly playable and comfortable stage acoustic with a look and sound that really stand out.
As I said - we couldn't be happier about how this turned out. It's a very special piece, and it is sure to be the first step in a whole new direction.
The Veillette String store is online!
December 28, 2011
Our line of custom Veillette Strings is one of the bigger new developments for us this year, and we're very happy it's finally up to speed.
We've been getting some attention in the press about it as well!
However, you can do more than just read about the strings online - now, you can buy them online as well - directly from our website!
Our new secure online store is "live" and ready to accept your orders - currently, we have a number of different Gryphon, Terz, and Baritone sets in stock and available.
Check it out at: Veillette Guitars Online Store
A Baritone 12 with ALL the trimmings - including LEFTY!
December 14, 2011
This Baritone 12-string has just about every special option we can think of.
Built for a repeat client, this stunning guitar's most obvious feature is that it's a left-handed instrument.
Although we don't often talk about this, it's a good time to mention that left-handed instruments are no extra charge! (It just seems fair...)
Beyond that, what other features are we looking at?
-Slotted headpiece with vintage-style tuners
-Bearclaw spruce top
-Arm bevel for added comfort
-Top-shelf curly maple back and sides
It's always a fun challenge to play-test the left-handed instruments! Once we learned to think "upside down", this guitar sounded just incredible - the depth, range, and sheer power of the Baritone 12 never fail to impress.
The new Gryphon 6-string has arrived!
November 18, 2011
Our Gryphon has perennially been one of our most popular and best-selling guitars - the incredible range, portability, and zero-learning-curve playability have charmed many, many players.
Now, after 10 years (hard to believe, but true!) of Gryphon 12-strings, we are thrilled to formally introduce the Gryphon 6!
Along with all the sparkle and shimmer of the original Gryphon, the 6-string version has a clean, precise, and articulate voice ideal for fingerstyle playing, doubling a regular guitar, and sweetening any recording or performance.
This first one was built by request for a very successful studio guitarist who already depends on his Gryphon 12 as a "secret weapon" session instrument. Now that we've played it, we are totally sold on the idea - this is a spectacular and very useful instrument, and definitely has its own unique voice - a natural complement to the 12-string Gryphon, and incredibly fun to play.
The Gryphon 6 is available immediately! Give a call or email us to find out more...
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