Veillette Terz 12-String
I have previously reviewed an original Veillette creation which was a very welcome addition to the 12-string family. The Gryphon was an original concept which took Woodstock-based luthier Joe Veillette a number of years to perfect in both design and sound. Perseverance certainly paid off in the end with the emergence of his high 12-string concept. The first time I heard and saw a Gryphon I had to have one, as the sound produced was inspirational for someone like me, who is always looking for new challenges in the world of acoustic guitar.
Woods Used: The top is a piece of solid spruce, with Veillette's signature double sound hole design. Back and sides are mahogany as is the neck. The finger board is made from Pau Ferro as is the bridge.
After the success of the Gryphon, Joe has now launched another new design, the Terz 12-string. Now, while Terz designs have been around for many years, Joe's 12-string version is, again, another unique addition to the Veillette collection.
Manufacturer: Veillette Guitars
Model: Terz 12
Retail Price: £2,750
Body Size: 14"
Made In: Woodstock, NY, USA
Back and Sides: Mahogany
Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
Frets: 23 (inc zero fret)
Nut Width: 45
Scale Length: 557
Onboard Electronics: D-Tar Wavelength
Strings Fitted: La Bella
Left Handers: Yes
Gig Bag/Case Included: Yes
What We Think
Acoustic Test Results
As Joe explains: 'The name comes from the classical "Teiz" [Italian for 'third'], an instrument designed fo be tuned up a third from a standard guitar. These shorter-scale classical instruments were designed to accompany and extend the range of standard-tuned guitars in ensemble playing: The size is midway between one of Ioe's normal 12-strings and the Gryphon. As with every Veillette I have tried, they always produce moments of instant creativity. When I got the Gryphon I wrote a suite of music for it. I was also looking for inspiration to turn the legendary countryside poem, The Fox's Prophecy, into song. It's a lengthy poem that was found in 1871 among the papers of a DW Nash, yet no one knows if he actually penned it. The poem features predictions given by an elderly fox to a lone huntsman. He predicts that many events would happen in the future to England, including the end of fox-hunting, and as it turned out, the unknown writer made Nostradamus seem like a novice as far as definition and accuracy are concerned. As soon as I played the Gryphon, it all came together.
The sound is akin in some ways to an octave mandola and the mid range in the top strings of a mandolin
There is no denying the fact that Joe's instruments are not embedded in traditional guitar designs, but equally such design innovation and sound quality elevate Veillette to the same competitive heights as long-time established brands. Yes, they look different and have sound characteristics all of their own, but that's what I love about them. Joe is never one to shy away from a new concept and design. His instruments do inspire creativity and the addition of the Terz is no exception. I'm sure there will be a new idea swirling around the Veillette workshop just waiting to amaze us once again in the not-too-distant future — at least I hope so. If you are interested in any of Joe's creations, his UK agent is Phil Ward and Phil's site is www.philward.biz/Philward/HOME.html. In fact, the model I use in the 'Flow' video is for sale via Phil. Alternatively, you can see lots of Joe's guitars on www.veilletteguitars.com.
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