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Get the first look at the latest new instruments, works-in-progress, artist updates, and other Veillette news!
April 27, 2012
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!
Today's happy customer
April 9, 2012
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!)
Great new Kaki videos!
March 20, 2012
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!
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.
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