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2007 Holst 15 Custom

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SN# 790907 , signed by the maker 8/15/07

Body size at lower bout: 15 1/2" Body Depth: tapered 2 1/2"- 3 1/4" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 3/4"

Finish: Violin finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Highly figured solid carved tiger Alpine flame maple back and sides; solid carved quartersawn bookmatched Alpine spruce soundboard; three-piece solid mahogany neck; solid ebony fingerboard; elm burl peghead facing; pearl headstock logo; maple body binding; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Hardware includes hand carved ebony tailpiece, gold Schaller tuners with ebony keys; compensated adjustable ebony bridge; ebony pickguard and tailpiece; floating Armstrong 2D Ultraslim humbucking pickup, with volume control and endpin jack.

Notes: Luthier Steven Holst has been making fine handcrafted instruments one at a time for over three decades at his shop in Oregon's Willamette Valley, just south of Eugene. With a production of only eight to ten instruments a year, Holst's guitars are not easy to come by, and are rarely seen on the vintage market.

This custom archtop features a compact 15 1/2" body that is dually tapered for maximum player comfort. From a maximum depth of 3 14" at the lower treble bout, the body slims to a mere 2 1/2" at the upper strap pin. The result is an instrument ergonomically refined for ease of play, yet with ample interior volume to maximize resonance and volume. With its oval sound port in the upper bass bout, this innovative guitar maximizes tonal response to the player's ear as well, for a richer sonic experience during play.

This example is crafted of exceptional all-Swiss tonewoods including vivid tiger maple in the body, and a fine grained quartersawn solid spruce soundboard generously interwoven with crossgrain silk. At a mere 5lb 11oz, the guitar is wonderfully light in weight and handily balanced on the lap or strap. The neck profile is a comfy gentle D, with smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup. The Armstrong floating humbucking pickup offers rich, accurate amplified tone, with exceptional fidelty to the acoustic voice.

This handsome example is in immaculate condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and with 100% original finish and hardware. Holst guitars are rarely seen on the vintage market, and new orders can entail a substantial wait. A brilliant blend of comfort and performance: one only, call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.012-.052). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe arched plush lined hardshell case.


































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