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  1. #101

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    I will never own another NYer. My tribute guitar to my friend Jimmy D. Holst went to a D'Aquisto tribute shortly after his death. All the top archtop makers were there with their guitars. Holst said their were 2 DAQ guitars there. He said they completely blew away every single archtop in the house including Monteleone's.

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    great story


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    Beautiful. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I do mine. Enjoy it in good health.

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  5. #104

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    What a legacy John D and Jimmy D left behind. The benchmark that cannot be topped. A talent that can only be a gift from above, and what a gift it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    What a legacy John D and Jimmy D left behind. The benchmark that cannot be topped. A talent that can only be a gift from above, and what a gift it was.
    there was something magical that John passed onto Jimmy and we'll probably never know exactly what, there's tons of guys out there now that can do more precise work than them [though in John D's defense he was cranking them out fast] but John figured something out tonally and Jimmy took it a step further. there's great builders today but no one has topped them in sound yet.
    you can take apart a Strad and copy it precisely but it's not gonna sound like a Strad, even when new.

  7. #106

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    btw, I was channel surfing the other day and briefly saw a guy playing a beautiful 50s blonde NYer cutaway w/Dearmond pu so I paused to watch, it was the very end of the show...Three's Company!
    wish I knew the episode, I'd even watch that show just to see that guitar

  8. #107

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    Best laminate I have owned sound wise though my favorite laminate will always be the TF.
    Holst’s plates are very light like 50’s Gibson’s.

  9. #108

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    If you can step out of the Gibson box their are some incredible archtop makers out there that will deliver a absolutely stellar archtop.
    Cushman, Holst, and Campellone have all built me unbelievably good guitars far below the price of a new Gibson with better quality.
    This statement is coming from a Gibson Boy.

  10. #109

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Best laminate I have owned sound wise though my favorite laminate will always be the TF.
    Holst’s plates are very light like 50’s Gibson’s.
    When Stephen was supplying laminate plates for others (I notice those don't appear for sale on his website anymore), he went into detail about how the plates should be pressed, using a hard drying glue, and other factors contributing to that D'Aquisto/Borys laminate sound. It is clear he did his research!!!

  11. #110

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    another fellow forum member/luthier is barry grzebik of grez guitars in petaluma CA...he has a few vids about laminate top making...and their tonal differences...very interesting for those wanting to know more



    and here's the actual construction vid he refers to in the above vid



    cheers

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    Well Steve is really very picky about his finishes, It took a while to nail it but he got it. Then he made the bridge and fitted it to the top curve, then did the tailpiece and bracket. Next is the pickguard and then buffing and installing of tuners, pickguard, tailpiece, bridge and Bartolinni 5J. Final assembly and testing. Based on Vinnys final results I’m decidedly pumped.

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  13. #112

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    BigM,
    It must be getting exciting . His workmanship is impeccable . Un- rushed excellence. Looking forward to pics of the finished guitar. Stay safe - this virus is migrating in your direction. Very bad here in NY.

  14. #113

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    Big Mike, that maple is stunning. I had to drop an old bigleaf maple several years back that had been growing next to my shop and had become overtopped by the cedars and firs. Huge. Hired a crew to take it apart, but left the main 12' log standing. Steve Andersen helped me decide on how to merchandise the pieces for future guitar parts, chunks properly cured for neck, sides, and backs. I love that wood man! Your guitar is going to be something special!
    Stay safe!

  15. #114

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    This "honey burst" is my new favorite color!

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    So got these progress shots, days of wet sanding and now he’s buffing. Can’t wait to see this sucker on my porch
    My first thought was fluorescents might be ok for working, but when looking (as in opal cutting) give me sunlight

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    Steve is really a joy to work with. This is the one I had him build me a few years back. I miss the feeling of having a custom guitar built hehe Im jealous. Congrats!


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  18. #117

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    it was a Very Good Friday at the shop
    All buffing completed


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  19. #118

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    Every thing looks spectacular and the Macassar fretboard looks great Mike.
    Everything about that guitar, you did right. I’m happy for you.
    JD

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    teaser shots sent by Steve yesterday of the completed guitar
    have a safe weekend

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    She arrived today, she’s resting in the office to acclimate, enjoy
    ill bring her up to pitch tomorrow


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    The spruce on the top looks pretty, pretty nice!

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    Beautiful guitar, Big Mike

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    so beautiful, I will never part with my holst!

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    More shots, the cleaning lady was here Saturday and I busted ass cleaning out the guest room of all the boxes that pile up, a lotbof work
    it’s raining today so I took these indoor shots, tuned her up and played her a bit. I asked for a thinner neck, this is just a bit skinnier than a GB12 neck, fast and real easy to bar chord all the way up. Steve’s fit and finish is scary good, I’ll get outfoor shots of the sides do you can see just how good it is - the panels that are the didesssre bound in the same wood , it’s gorgeous. It’s really light has a lovely recstve and I’m stunned

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  27. #126

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  28. #127

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    That's a gorgeous instrument, Big! Congratulations, and play it in good health!