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Get the first look at the latest new instruments, works-in-progress, artist updates, and other Veillette news!
November 18, 2010
What do you get when you take a “traditional” 6-string Terz and double the courses like the Gryphon or a Mandolin? You get a 12-string Unison Terz that we’ve been calling “Terzilla” after hearing it.
Tuned A to A, (G to G optional), it’s halfway between a standard guitar and one of our very popular Gryphons. What’s amazing is how it seems to really sing, having a voice that’s very sweet and smooth, with tons of volume if you need it. It’s one of the very best instruments we’ve ever built!
22 inch scale, 13.5” wide at the lower bout.
Check out Joe’s quickie video. It was done in a hurry before shipping, but if you listen past the less than stellar playing, you’ll hear a really amazing guitar.
Just 10 lbs....but no lightweight!
October 11, 2010
Here it is - our latest doubleneck! These things just get more and more fun to build.
This one gets back to basics with a very simple and straightforward electronics package:
This setup permits a huge amount of flexibility with minimal "fuss" and very few knobs.
This instrument also debuts our newest headpiece concept. Using the latest and lightest tuning machines ever produced by Gotoh (the incredible "Stealth" tuners, weighing in at a mere 12 grams each!), this open-face headpiece design is essentially the lightest and most minimal thing we could design. The results: a doubleneck that balances better than most standard guitars, super-easy tuning thanks to the rear-facing handles, and a very clean, modern, and appealing look (if we may say so ourselves!).
A heavily chambered body and careful choice of hardware get this beautifully balanced guitar in under the 10 lb. mark - lighter than many classic electrics, and astonishingly light weight for a doubleneck!
Not just that - it balances perfectly. Really.
Coupled with the radiused top and 'rotated' neck geometry, this is, in our modest opinion, the most playable and practical doubleneck guitar we've ever picked up.
It's official - the newest model: The E-tuned "Gryphon Sweet 16"
September 22, 2010
This latest model is the natural next "step up" (pun intended) from our ever-popular Gryphon model.
A shorter 16.3" scale allows the Sweet 16 to tune up to E, a perfect full octave higher than a standard-tuned guitar.
This means all the chords and shapes you know and love lay out right in the same positions - making sight-reading, transcription, or simply playing along with friends as easy and simple as with any guitar - no transposing or capoing required!
The shorter scale also gives this guitar its own voice and personality - perky and responsive, with a brilliant top end and midrange cut, which complements the 'classic' D-tuned Gryphon beautifully.
Scale length gives a guitar much of its personality, and this is much more than simply a Gryphon with two frets missing.
Sonically, the new Gryphon Sweet 16 fits into its own new category. In fact, this gorgeous sunburst piece is going to its new home to live alongside a D-tuned Gryphon.
We're really excited about how these are coming out!
They're charming and really inspiring to play.
A stunning Gryphon headed for Fine Acoustics...
August 18, 2010
This Gryphon is the first we've done with the incredible Pommele Sapele we featured a few months ago.
This stunning wood is very similar to Mahogany in tone and color, along with some of the deepest, richest quilt figure we've ever seen.
What a beautiful material!
The Sitka Spruce top is finished in our "Classic" tint, for an aged-natural kind of vibe.An ebony fingerboard and bridge complete the classic color scheme.
This piece is bound for Fine Acoustics in Westminster, MD. Ed Smith runs this great and very high-end shop, and we're glad to have him represent our guitars!
Calling Veillette fans in NYC: new instruments at Ludlow Guitars!
July 16, 2010
We're happy to let our New York City friends about some new things happening at Ludlow Guitars.
For those that don't know, Ludlow is one of the best and most popular shops in New York, equally renowned
for their excellent vintage selection and their wide range of great new instruments.
This killer Journeyman Gryphon just arrived.
The blendable piezo/magnetic pickup system can do pretty much anything,
and the killer quilt top is set off with a deep blue high-gloss finish.
Ludlow also has some killer 6-string Veillette electrics in stock,
and a gorgeous bass in the works with "all the options"...stay tuned.
Check them out!
164 Ludlow St
The Paris bass - form following function
June 23, 2010
This Paris bass is a lovely example of Joe's original design intent:
an instrument whose looks are 100% driven by the functional needs of the player.
There are no "frills", no figured top, and every part of the bass has a purpose.
The poplar body with a light tobacco burst is lightweight and resonant.
The maple neck and Pau Ferro fingerboard are strong, stable, and beautiful without being "flashy".
Dual Citron humbucking pickups and an onboard Aguilar EQ make for a very flexible range of tones.
This bass has a custom wiring scheme, with a passive treble Tone control replacing the standard active Treble control.
Our customer (who already owns a gorgeous Archtop 5-string bass) wanted to keep this magnetic-only, so the strings
are anchored to "monorail"-style individual bridges, for excellent string separation and minimal mass.
As much as we love making instruments with gorgeous AAAA figured tops and maximum 'flash',
it's also very satisfying to make an instrument that is totally driven by purpose. This bass sounds
just as great as its more 'upmarket' cousins, and has a class and understated beauty all its own.
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