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SOLD Veillette Archtop Fretless Exc. Cond

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by matthewbrown, Oct 28, 2017.


  1. matthewbrown

    matthewbrown Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Harwich, MA, USA
    Price:
    $2150
    Strings:
    4
    Fretless:
    • Y
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I am selling what has been my main bass for jazz for the last few years. This bass is in awesome condition, and it is a real showpiece, as well as uniquely expressive and comfortable. Would consider a trade for an EUB or Sadowsky jazz or PJ of comparable worth.


    Features:
    • 8.55 pounds, perfectly balanced on a strap. Comes with a gig bag.
    • Shipped CONUS
    • Spruce top -- just refinished and flawless.
    • Pau Ferro Fingerboard
    • Mahogany body
    • Black binding
    • Custom K&K piezo bridge pickup and single Citron magnetic pickup
    • Custom Eclipse blending preamp, Volume/Blend/Tone controls
    • Amber finish
    • DSC_0160.JPG DSC_0161.JPG
    • DSC_0157.JPG now flawless. DSC_0157.JPG DSC_0157.JPG
    Additional info: Scale length is 34" and the width of the neck is 1 and 5/8 inches at the nut. At the octave, it's 2" and where the body meets the neck it's 2 1/4". String spacing is 9 mm at the nut, 19 mm at the bridge. The neck is 2 cm thick at its thickest point; the thickness of the neck front to back is the same throughout its length until the neck joins the body. The body is 13" across the lower bout and just under 2" thick. String height can be adjusted at the bridge by a luthier, but I've never needed to -- the neck adjustment is all that's needed (it's fretless, which helps). The truss rod is adjusted with a long hex key through a groove that's above the nut, and the truss rod works fine. I've used Thomastik Jazz Flats on it and Chromes, and the truss rod handled them both just fine.

    Serious inquiries only. Thanks for looking!
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2018
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  2. matthewbrown

    matthewbrown Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Harwich, MA, USA
    Shipping CONUS included -- UPS ground + insurance. Should have mentioned...
     
  3. brossmac

    brossmac

    Mar 1, 2005
    Camas, WA
    Sorry. I have to clean the drool from my keyboard...
     
  4. brossmac

    brossmac

    Mar 1, 2005
    Camas, WA
    If I had about $1000 more in my budget...

    Does it sound upright-bass-ish or like a different beast altogether?
     
  5. matthewbrown

    matthewbrown Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Harwich, MA, USA
    I tend to play it with mostly the peizo pup and I've got it strung with Chromes with high action, so it has an upright vibe, especially with a lot of midrange scoop. But with different strings, lower action and more of the mag pup blended in, it tends in the classic mid-rangey Jaco sound. It's got quite a range of tones, I've found, although I stick mainly with one tone for jazz.
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2018
  6. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Absolutely incredible.
     
  7. RedMoses

    RedMoses

    Jul 4, 2012
    NYC
    I have played a few Veillette's and they are AMAZING instruments

    GLWS
     
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  8. matthewbrown

    matthewbrown Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Harwich, MA, USA
    Thanks. It's a beautiful bass, and I hope it finds a good home with an appreciative owner!
     
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  9. Gorgeous!
     
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  10. This is the first Veillette I've seen listed in years! Guys just don't let these go. Someone give this baby a good home.
     
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  11. jweiss

    jweiss Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2007
    Park City, Utah
    Very nice.
     
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  12. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars, Veillette Guitars
    Hey, I remember that bass! (I helped build it.)

    Just FYI - the bridge height adjustment does not require a visit to a luthier.
    It can be done using the same 4mm (or 5/32") allen wrench that is used to adjust the truss rod.
    It's not much different from adjusting a tune-o-matic guitar bridge - just a large flat-head screw under each end.

    These basses are well over $4k new. This is a bargain.
     
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  13. matthewbrown

    matthewbrown Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Harwich, MA, USA
    Martin -- a delight to hear from you; thanks for the tip! And yes, it's a wonderful bass. And if no one snaps up this bargain, I'll be happy to keep playing it. But it deserves more handling than I can give it, TBH.
     
  14. FritzM

    FritzM Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2001
    Madison, MS
    PM'd
     

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