Guitar Models

This page will provide you with a broad overview of of the Guitar Models and what's included with a standard Olson guitar. Additional photos of custom guitars and options are available throughout the site, particularly on the Guitar Photos page. Jim will also be producing some unique "spec" guitars in the future—instruments built to specifications of his own choosing, offered for sale upon completion via the Available Models page. Check the page from time to time to see these or perhaps an occasional "used" Olson as they become available.



12 fret parlor

Jim currently offers four different sized instruments. —SJ (Small Jumbo), Dreadnought, and a full sized Jumbo —as well as a smaller Parlor guitar. The SJ is by far Jim's most popular model. The choice of James Taylor and Phil Keaggy as well as most of the artists playing Jim's guitars. Jim offers many optional appointments that will help make your Olson guitar unique. These range from simple fret markers to highly customized inlays. Jim also works with other inlay artisans to help make your guitar a special work of art. Again, visit the Guitar Photos page to view photos of just a few of the many possibilities.

Four Body Style Dimensions






Width lower bout
15 3/4"
15 1/8""
Width at waist
10 3/4"
10 3/4"
9 1/4"
8 3/16"
Width upper bout
12 1/2"
11 1/2"
11 1/8"
Depth at tail block
4 7/8"
4 7/8"
4 5/8"
4 1/8"
Body length
20 1/2"
19 7/8"
19 3/8""
19 1/8"

Standard Features

Standard nut width is 1 3/4". Custom neck widths and thicknesses available. Standard scale length is 25 11/32" Shown with optional wooden "O" insert

5 piece laminated neck of rosewood center,maple and mahogany. Gotoh 510 tuners with engraved "O" logo in gold, chrome, or satin gold finish

Standard E to E spacing at the bridge is 2 1/4" Custom spacing available

Standard Features Include: Ebony bridge, fingerboard and headstock bordered with WBW, and a MOP "O" logo. Wood bindings with choice of abalone or wooden purflings. Abalone or wood sound hole rosette and back center strip. UV cured gloss polyester finish. Cedar Creek hardshell case.

12 String Model

Standard nut width is 1 7/8" for 12 strings. Shown with full size tuners. Mini tuners also available.

12 string shown with full size Jumbo body. Also available with Dreadnought or SJ body size.

Shown with Paua/Brazilian rosette and #1 inlay pattern.

Custom Options

Custom inlays by Jim or others, including Larry Robinson of Robinson Custom Inlays,

Just one of many custom options is this hand carved heel done by Jim

This inlay was done by Jim in 1982 and is again just an example of many possibilities

Other Custom Features are almost limitless. Please check with Jim directly for pricing and availability. You can view some of the many options on the Guitar Photos page. Also be sure to check out a recent guitar made by Jim and inlayed by Larry Robinson on the "Tribute to Black Sky" page.

James Taylor Signature Models

In 2002 Jim collaborated with James Taylor on the specification of a limited edition series of James Taylor Signature Model Guitars. These instruments are a replica of JT's favorite performing guitar, some with special appointments making the series a distinctive commemoration of the work of these two artists. Visit the JT Signature Model page to learn more about this unique series of instruments.

Jim and JT with a lovely SJ