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    A new addition to the stable from Steve Holst:

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    Fantastic - congrats!!!

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    Thanks Marc.

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    Lovely. That tailpiece and finger rest look super beefy, giving the guitar a real solid look. I like it! Is it heavy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlrhett
    Lovely. That tailpiece and finger rest look super beefy, giving the guitar a real solid look. I like it! Is it heavy?
    Thanks. I wish I knew about the weight. It's still in transit. I'll find out about that and a few other things soon.

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    Very sweet axe. He is building me one right now also. Seeing yours just made me more excited. Congrats !

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    Holst?

    Just beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Very sweet axe. He is building me one right now also. Seeing yours just made me more excited. Congrats !
    Thanks, Vinny. Steve has built guitars for you before. Hope you love your new one.

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    Thanks, Jeff. Yes, a Holst.

    Steve does excellent work and has a great customer service ethic. He's all about building exactly the guitar you want. I can't say enough good things about him.

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    Very, very nice, beautiful color too.
    Is that a mahogany neck?

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    Stunning looking guitar, I agree the Tailpiece & Pickguard are works of art.
    This is the nearest we will get to the JP one pickup 175 that will probably never be built.
    Can I ask the neck width In the pic it looks like 1 3/4”. ?

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    Wow.

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    Beautiful appointments and color. I've got a 16"er from Mr. Holst due sometime soon. Now I'm getting anxious.

    Cincy

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    Steve Holst really nails that D’Aquisto laminate style. He prides his laminate plates to be as good as Roger Borys which is the gold standard. Unlike most builders Holst will do anything you want.

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    To answer a couple questions: Maple neck, 1.75" nut. He hand carves appointments like the tailpiece and finger-rest.

    Steve will build any guitar you want. Any available wood, any reasonable nut width. He doesn't make a "standard" model. It'll be exactly what you want. He asks a lot of questions and sends you a spreadsheet to fill out all the details of the build. All the choices are yours. He did a lot of custom work on mine with no upcharge. He's dedicated to building exactly what the customer wants and takes great pains to make sure everything is communicated.

    Cincy, I think you're gonna love your guitar. The waiting is the hardest part.

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    Gorgeous guitar! Both modern looking and in the tradition.

    Congrats.

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    Wow! Looks awesome. What is some custom work you requested?

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    Absolutely beautiful! Looking forward to hearing some sound bites, if it sounds as great as it looks . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan0996
    A new addition to the stable from Steve Holst:
    Congratulations! Stephen really does a great Job on his laminate plates, and they get great tone! Would you please share the dimensions of your guitar? Mine was modeled after a Borys B-120 (16" lower bout, 2.75" depth, 1.75" nut, 25" scale). I noticed that he raised the price a bit though still a relative bargain @ $3500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin
    Wow! Looks awesome. What is some custom work you requested?
    Thanks. Mainly the pickguard, tailpiece and headstock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helios
    Congratulations! Stephen really does a great Job on his laminate plates, and they get great tone! Would you please share the dimensions of your guitar? Mine was modeled after a Borys B-120 (16" lower bout, 2.75" depth, 1.75" nut, 25" scale). I noticed that he raised the price a bit though still a relative bargain @ $3500.
    Thanks. It's a 16" lower bout, 2.25" deep, 1.75" nut and 25.5" scale.

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    can't wait to hear it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzucker
    can't wait to hear it!
    Me too.

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    ?Funny there is all this Steve Holst action here, I just ordered a carved guitar from him. Some 18 years ago or so he made me two really amazing wood tailpieces. I'll see if I can dig up the photos. Steve's an affable guy who will build you ANYTHING... If you're on Facebook you can see most of his recent work posted there. Amazing... I think when I see Vinny's guitar I'm gonna want a laminated one also... Apologies the pictures are from an old digital camera. The 175 style type tailpiece is rosewood with ebony insert in the middle and macassar ebony diamonds in the top bar... No metal frame, it's two perfectly cut pieces of wood with a steel rod and the pin for the hinge. Amazing work. The ebony D'Aquisto tailpiece on the ES150DC is just as well built...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Very sweet axe. He is building me one right now also. Seeing yours just made me more excited. Congrats !

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    Congratulations on a beautiful guitar !

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    Beautiful guitar! Play it in good health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ
    ?Funny there is all this Steve Holst action here, I just ordered a carved guitar from him. Some 18 years ago or so he made me two really amazing wood tailpieces. I'll see if I can dig up the photos. Steve's an affable guy who will build you ANYTHING... If you're on Facebook you can see most of his recent work posted there. Amazing... I think when I see Vinny's guitar I'm gonna want a laminated one also... Apologies the pictures are from an old digital camera. The 175 style type tailpiece is rosewood with ebony insert in the middle and macassar ebony diamonds in the top bar... No metal frame, it's two perfectly cut pieces of wood with a steel rod and the pin for the hinge. Amazing work. The ebony D'Aquisto tailpiece on the ES150DC is just as well built...
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    To a point, he's almost too nice! Sometimes I think he gets bogged down in customer inspired embellishments, some of which are odd and misguided IMHO, but he unfailingly does what the customer requests. I think for each guitar type (carved, laminate etc.) he should simply offer a standard model and maybe model with a fancier trim package (standard & deluxe for example) and leave it at that. Mr. Campellone seems to have come to that conclusion. Like Mr. Borys, Mr. Holst doesn't advertise or go to shows so he relies on a word-of-mouth process.

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    That’s a looker! Lovely - congrats and enjoy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by helios
    To a point, he's almost too nice! Sometimes I think he gets bogged down in customer inspired embellishments, some of which are odd and misguided IMHO, but he unfailingly does what the customer requests. I think for each guitar type (carved, laminate etc.) he should simply offer a standard model and maybe model with a fancier trim package (standard & deluxe for example) and leave it at that. Mr. Campellone seems to have come to that conclusion. Like Mr. Borys, Mr. Holst doesn't advertise or go to shows so he relies on a word-of-mouth process.
    I won't presume to tell Steve how to run his business, but I understand what you're saying. When ordering from him you need to be careful what you wish for. But if you know what you want he can build you something beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan0996
    I won't presume to tell Steve how to run his business, but I understand what you're saying. When ordering from him you need to be careful what you wish for. But if you know what you want he can build you something beautiful.
    I agree with you-it's certainly none of my business. His choices are his choices.

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    Jonathan, Did you get the guitar yet? I am curious to know how you like it.

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    Yeah, I got the guitar about a month ago. I like it a lot, but I knew I would.

    It's got a nice, warm, thunky sound. It doesn't really sound like a 175, but it's got its own sound with the kind of thunk you'd get with a good 175. Very meaty.

    Weight is just over 6 lbs. Playability is excellent. Pretty much what I've come to expect from Steve.

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    Thanks Jonathon. I am thinking about getting one. How loud it is acoustically. Is it loud enough to practice alone with out an amp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan0996
    I got the guitar about a month ago.
    A month? Really? And you didn't post any pictures?

    How rude of you...

    Pics or it didn't happen!!!!!

    J/K

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    Quote Originally Posted by LtKojak
    A month? Really? And you didn't post any pictures?
    J/K
    Pics are at the top of the thread. Those are all I've got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin
    Thanks Jonathon. I am thinking about getting one. How loud it is acoustically. Is it loud enough to practice alone with out an amp?
    It's a laminate guitar that's not terribly deep (2.25") so it's not very loud. I sometimes play it acoustically in a quiet room and it's fine, but it sounds better with an amp. It's really an electric guitar.

    If you were to order a carved solid top guitar from him I'm sure it'd be louder and livelier. He builds a lot of those too.
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