American Companies Make Great Acoustic Guitars: Veillette, Taylor, Martin.
NEW YORK: Since 1995, Joe Veillette has been manufacturing Veillette Guitars, with help from his team (AndE Chase, Martin Keith, and Tim Mack). Veillette Guitars are handmade in Woodstock, NY, and include a line of hybrid "acoustic/electric" guitars. A veteran musician himself, Veillette explains that the company's guitars are built based on a lifetime love of music:
Experiences gained as players & performers have defined our idea of what instruments are really for. Though we appreciate fine marquetry, artistic woodworking techniques & exotic woods, these things don’t necessarily have any bearing on the artistic or spiritual processes that result in the creation of music. At Veillette Guitars, we make tools for musicians.
PICTURED ABOVE: Veillette Guitar: Studio 15" model.
CALIFORNIA: Established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic, acoustic/electric and electric guitars. Headquartered in El Cajon, California, Taylor Guitars employs nearly 700 people and currently produces hundreds of guitars per day in a state-of-the-art factory complexes in Tecate, Mexico. The company maintains an active dealer network with Taylor guitars available in over 800 retail locations in North America and international distribution to 60 countries.
PENNSYLVANIA: C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. (The Martin Guitar Company) is a sixth-generation family-owned company. They've been in business for 179 years, making guitars (and strings) in Nazareth, PA. Their factory includes one of the largest standing guitar exhibitions, and they offer free tours through their production facility. The factory has become so popular that they host nearly 30,000 visitors a year.
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