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Get the first look at the latest new instruments, works-in-progress, artist updates, and other Veillette news!
July 12, 2011
Our design has always relied on simplicity, cleanliness, and the "no-frills" look that arise from our "tools for musicians" concept.
However, even we are occasionally blown away by the beautiful and complicated woods that Nature dreams up, and must admit that they can make for pretty fetching-looking Veillettes...
This amazing looking Terz cutaway is made of Pommele Sapele.
Sapele is an African wood that is quite similar to Mahogany, and is sometimes found with this astonishing "Pommele" figure, which rivals the very best quilted maples.
Wood like this is best left to tell its own story - so this guitar is done with a simple clear finish, allowing the Sapele to really shine.
Its similarity to Mahogany also makes Sapele an excellent-sounding wood - warm and rich, with complex midrange and a very sweet high end.
We have a limited supply of this Sapele left, and are not sure when we'll be able to get more.
Our remaining sets are best suited to Terz, Parlor, and Gryphon instruments.
If you'd like to see something like this every time you pick up your guitar - don't wait too long...give us a call before it's all gone!
New and improved videos are online!
June 10, 2011
We make so many different guitars here - it's hard to really describe what each one sounds like, and what it can do.
Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth about 10,000!
It's always great to find new and fun videos of our guitars being played out in the world, and there's no better way
to really understand what these guitars are all about than to hear and see them in action.
Of course, seeing them played by people like Colin Hay, Dave Matthews, Keller Williams, Kaki King...that doesn't hurt one bit!
We've just retooled our "Videos" page, and it's much easier now to see and hear all the different guitars at work.
The Acoustic Gryphon alone has over 45 videos - why not "Play All" and enjoy a couple of hours of great Gryphon music?
From the Terz to the Acoustic Bass, there are also many new videos up, including some of Joe himself!
Click on the Videos link in the left-side navigation bar to see the latest!
In the meantime, here's a pretty new video of our pal Colin Hay and his trusty Gryphon Acoustic.
We're still waiting for some videos of him playing the new Baritone 12 Acoustic he bought at NAMM this January...(Colin...hint, hint...)
An old friend drops by the shop...
May 17, 2011
A long time ago (about 30 years, actually), our friend John Sebastian came by the Veillette-Citron shop and asked about a baritone guitar.
We built it, and he happily played his V-C "Shark" baritone for many years. In fact, that was the project that kindled Joe's long-term fascination with baritones.
John has remained a friend and neighbor, and his taste for baritones hasn't changed even after all these years.
When he came by the shop once again recently, he was nice enough to sit for the camera and make a nice little video featuring our Grand 16" baritone acoustic:
It's always a treat to see John and hear him play, and we're glad to call him a friend.
Enjoy the video!
New Faces of the Terz!
May 3, 2011
With the great response we've had to our Terz 12-string model, we just had to expand the 'family'...
we're now thrilled to present the Terz 6-string, and the Terz Cutaway!
The 6-string brings the shimmer and sparkle of its 12-string sibling, along with a harpsichord-like precision and definition when played fingerstyle. The tuning is perfectly matched to the natural range of the 14" body shape. Even our simple "guitarmaker's fingerstyle" sounds fresh, lively, and unique on this fascinating instrument.
For players who really want to explore the high reaches of the Terz tuning (getting almost up into Gryphon range!), we are now also offering both 6-string and 12-string Terz models with the optional cutaway body.
What is that...a ukulele?
April 22, 2011
It's not the first time we've had to clarify - actually, it's a Gryphon!
Thanks to Jimmy Vivino for straightening this one out.
(Sounds pretty good too!)
At last....it's here! And it's really something special...
March 30, 2011
We're no strangers to custom orders - almost every guitar we build is custom in one way or another.
However, some instruments go pretty far beyond a typical 'custom'.
After the sneak peek in our last Newsletter and the pre-finish teaser in our last "What's New" post, we're thrilled to now present the finished, assembled, and totally incredible (we think) Doubleneck Acoustic!
The upper neck is a standard-tuned 6-string, and the lower neck is a D-tuned Gryphon.
Ebony fingerboards and bridges perfectly complement the simple black binding and trim, and a natural finish over the mahogany and spruce body gives this piece a beautiful, clean, and modern look.
A side soundport directs some sound right at the player, for a really immediate and intimate connection between instrument and musician. It also gives a nice view of all the bracing and interior structure of the guitar.
The open headpieces with ultralight Gotoh "Stealth" tuners look beautiful and minimize weight, allowing this lovely instrument to balance quite well, whether sitting or standing.
The tone of this guitar is vibrant and complex - very 'vocal' and responsive midrange, and a big, open bass response.
Our happy customer, Bruce Lukoskie, came up to the shop to pick up his new guitar, and was kind enough to record this little video while he was getting to know it - the huge range of textures, tones, and possibilities make this piece incredibly intruguing.
Pieces like this one are incredibly satisfying to build - the challenges of designing, fixturing, and crafting such a unique guitar make us think in new and different ways, and open up possibilities and concepts we might not have considered otherwise. Invariably, details & techniques from these super-custom pieces tend to find their way back into our standard models.
Who knows what we'll do next? Check back soon...
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