Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the prices and current wait for an Olson Guitar?
- Does Jim perform all the work himself?
- Where is the serial number on my Olson?
- What are the specs for my favorite artist's Olson?
- Does Jim sell T-Shirts?
For a set price of $12,500, Jim will accomodate most requests. The current wait time for custom orders is approximately 9 months. This price includes your choice of a wide variety of optional woods and appointments, including abalone treatments. Premium options, such as Brazilian rosewood, or highly customized inlays could add to the cost. Visit the Ordering. page for more information. Contact Jim by phone to talk to him personally about the specifics of making your dream guitar.
In 2006 Jim made approximately 36 guitars. He has made as many as 60 in a year and as few as a dozen in the "lean" years of the early 80's when the business income was supplimented by doing repairs for local music stores.
Jim has been making guitars since 1977. He has occasionally had a helper (or apprentice). For the last 5 years or so Jim has preferred to work alone and performs every aspect of constuction himself. His wife Sue has been an invaluable help with office work and basic moral support!
Currently the date and serial number are visible on the neck block (inside the guitar) where it is laser engraved. Jim signs, dates, and numbers each guitar on the underside of the top, roughly under the area where the pickguard is (or would be) located. You'll need a small mirror to read it, and it will be backwards! On his very early guitars (maybe the first 250 or so), he did put signed labels glued to the back and visible through the soundhole. This is no longer done. At the close of 2006 Jim had made over 1200 guitars. All guitars are consecutively numbered and started with number 1.
We have provided some basic specs for several artists' instruments in the Players Gallery. If the specs you seek aren't listed there, give Jim a call.
You can purchase a limited line of OlsonWear online by visiting OlsonWear Sales .