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Get the first look at the latest new instruments, works-in-progress, artist updates, and other Veillette news!
Back from the UK!
September 16, 2011
We're back in full swing here now that Joe is back from the London Acoustic Guitar Show.
Here are Joe, Kim, and our UK dealer Phil Ward, with some gorgeous "showgirls:
The show was great - we met some wonderful players and made some great connections.
We're also very glad to be in a new showroom in London, Ivor Mairants Musicentre!
Located at 56 Rathbone Place (off Oxford Street) in London, Mairants is one of the premier specialty and high-end guitar shops in the UK. Here's Kim at the front door...
The first Veillette at Mairants is a beautiful and intriguing Terz 12-string, in a lovely classic Tobacco Burst. They gave it the place of honor in the Acoustic room - if you're nearby, swing by and try it out!
August 10, 2011
Amidst all the Terz 6 and Terz 12-strings, Gryphons, and other fun things we're turning out these days,
we have managed to make two new amazing Doubleneck electrics!
This makes 8 doubleneck instruments we've made in the last 12 months, both acoustic and electric.
This blue burst Doubleneck is a custom order for a good friend and faithful client
This is the first version will full-size humbuckers in every position, and it sounds unbelievable -
fat, thick, warm, and gorgeous.
On this other Doubleneck, the simple transparent stain allows the top-shelf quilted top to shine.
This one should look familiar to anyone who's ever gone swimming in the Caribbean.
As great as the first ones were - these guitars are just getting better and better! The light weight, comfort, playability, and tone of these instruments may just change how you feel about double-neck guitars.
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.
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