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Ande, Joe, Jimmy

Veillette Guitars Summer 2019

It's been a long time since we sent out a newsletter. That doesn't mean we haven't been busy. There've been lots of interesting instruments for our dealers, people like Vince Gill, Dave Matthews, Steve Miller, and regular folks like us.

In this newsletter we'll show you the Aero models we've been working on, a new Avante model, some really nice basses, and some instruments available at Summer Sale prices.

There are some cool projects in the works including an unusual double neck, a Brazilian Rosewood 5 string Acoustic Bass, a Brazilian Rosewood Acoustic Grand 6 string, a Veillette Archtop guitar with a Bigsby (a first for us), and more that we'll share with you soon.


Avante and ESP
The Big News — ESP Guitars is now handling sales and distribution for our Avante line of instruments.

We developed the Avante line to provide a lower cost Veillette option with no compromise in terms of construction and playability. With sales steadily increasing, and many noteworthy players buying Avantes, this partnership made a lot of sense. We announced our deal at the Winter NAMM Show in January. Avante instruments are now more widely available within the broader ESP dealer network along with Takamine Guitars, ESP Guitars, and ENGL Amps.

To find where you can buy an Avante check out the expanded dealer list here.

We've updated our website to make it easier to check out our Bass, Acoustic, and Electric Instruments. The information on our Aero models has been expanded and is listed under Electric Guitars. Updated information on our Flyer models can be found under Acoustic Guitars.

Under "Instruments" is a menu for a Gallery showing off some special custom instruments requested by our customers.


More Aero Models
We've greatly expanded the Aero line that we announced last year. This solid body Thinline electric guitar has a unique combination of extensive chambering and a braced Sitka Spruce top, using the same bridge and pickup system as our acoustics. The result is a very musical, realistic acoustic tone without any feedback. A great guitar for stage or studio.

Since we built the first one for Colin Hay, we have built several other configurations, including two baritone 12 strings for Dave Matthews. We have the prototype Aero Gryphon Thinline listed as part of our Summer Sale on our website.

Dave Matthews on stage with 1065 Aero Thinline Baritone 12 string

1070 Aero Thinline Baritone 12 String

1082 Aero Gryphon Thinline Prototype

At the Winter NAMM show, a big hit was the Aero Electric – standard tuned 12 string with a curved top, rail style humbuckers, and extensive chambering.

1090 Aero Electric Standard 12 String

Read more about the Aero line and check out some videos here.

New Avante Elan
We've been working with George Gruhn in Nashville on a special Avante model currently available exclusively at Gruhn Guitars. The Avante Elan fills in the gap between our Terz and Gryphon models. With a different body style, tuned B to B, (an octave above a typical Baritone guitar), the 20.2" scale works great for 6 and 12-string versions.

Here's Al Di Meola and George Gruhn with Al's new Avante Elan 12 string

Vince Gill

Here's Vince Gill with the Veillette Elan 6 string on tour with the Eagles.

If you're interested in getting an Avante Elan in a 6 or 12 string, contact George or Rob Ruff at 615-256-2033.

More Basses
Here are two standouts for Ish Guitars in Syracuse, New York. Store owner Jesse Wilson is great to work with and he comes up with terrific ideas.

Medium scale (32") Single Cut 5 string 1094 — we found an amazing Buckeye Burl top for him and did some magic to give him the chambering and the soundhole he wanted. A beautiful bass that plays great and sounds fantastic. High-tuned — EADGC.

30" scale Minotaur 5 string 1093 — High-tuned EADGC with a striking Macassar Ebony top. This piezo pickup only bass is smooth playing and has great clear and woody sound.

Singlecut 4 string 1095 — recently built for a repeat client. It's a 32" scale 4 string with a beautiful maple top under a transparent black finish with an Aguilar 3 band EQ. Powerful and punchy, it typifies our vision for the Singlecut bass.

More Double Necks

We recently finished this Baritone 12/Baritone 6 String double neck Acoustic with Madagascar Rosewood back and sides, Bearclaw Sitka Spruce top, Katalox fingerboards, bridges, binding, arm bevel, and headstock veneers. Loud, rich sounding, and a joy to play. With a 16" lower bout, the body is the same size as our Grand model that we use for Baritone single neck guitars making this a comfortable, easy playing instrument.

1064 Double Neck Baritone 12/Baritone 6

We're currently completing one of the most intriguing instruments we have built for a client in Seattle. An Acoustic Doubleneck — Bass on top and Nylon string guitar on the bottom. We love these unusual requests. We'll keep you posted when we complete this offbeat (even for us) instrument.

Available Now

Some instruments are Available Now on our website. Come by and check out the videos. All are part of our Sumer Sale. Let us know you saw it in the Newsletter and we will give you another 5% off the Summer Sale price.

1082 Aero Gryphon 12 String Prototype — Lively chime-like tones and easy playability. Poplar body and Sitka spruce top. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. DTAR Piezo/Preamp system.

1034 Aero Standard — Colin Hay swapped this one for a different sized neck. He used it on tours with Ringo.s All Starr Band, his own band, and solo performances. Mahogany body and Sitka spruce top. Pau Ferro fingerboard and bridge. Great stage guitar for acoustic tone without feedback. DTAR Piezo/Preamp system.

1001 Swift Baritone 12 String — Piezo/Magnetic pickups with DTAR preamp system for wide range of tones from sweet to crunchy.

956 Flyer 14" — Wonderful sounding compact Parlor sized guitar with curved top and the characteristic Flyer sound. Mahogany back, sides, and neck. Pau Ferro fingerboard, bridge, and tailpiece. DTAR Piezo/Preamp system.

1080 Gryphon 12 string with Macassar Ebony back and sides, fingerboard, and bridge. Honduras mahogany neck. Sitka spruce top with flame maple binding. DTAR Piezo/Preamp system.

590 Studio 12 string — Fabulous sounding and playing Studio 12 string with 15" lower bout. Mahogany back, sides, and neck. Pau Ferro fingerboard and bridge. DTAR Piezo/Preamp system.

Give us a call at 845-679-6154 or send us an email at to talk about what you would like to have us build or to find out more about the guitars that are available now.

Until next time,
The Veillette team — Ande, Jimmy, Rod, and Joe

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