The James Taylor Signature Models

A Limited Edition Series

JT Special Edition Guitar

In 2002, during his 25th year as a luthier, Jim collaborated with James Taylor on the specification of a limited edition series of
James Taylor Signature Model Olson Guitars

Each JT Signature Model guitar bears a label personally signed by both James Taylor and Jim Olson, visible through the soundhole. Inside, the neck head block is laser-engraved with the "James Taylor Signature Model" designation, in addition to the serial number and year of construction.

Jim will craft a total of 100 JT models: 80 "Standard" JT models, and 10 each of two "Special Edition" JT models that supplement the standard model with special appointments and woods (a Special Edition Model is pictured above). The Standard JT model is available for $15,000. Special Edition models command higher prices; contact Jim directly for further information.

The Standard JT Model ( Series I ) This model is still available

Specifications:

  • SJ non-cutaway body shape
  • Cedar top
  • East Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Rosewood binding
  • 5-piece laminated neck
  • Abalone dove and "O" inlays
  • Abalone soundhole trim
  • Abalone trim around the top edge, back center strip, and endblock wedge
  • Custom Gotoh 510 "rock steady post" tuners with "O" logo goldtone casings and black faux-ebony knobs
  • Custom Calton "Deluxe" hardshell case with "O" embossed on the lid

The (Series II) & (Series III) Special Edition JTSM Signature Models are Sold Out

Special Edition JT models share the basic specifications of the standard model, but supplement them. Ten Indian rosewood special edition JT models will be built with these additional appointments:

In addition, ten Brazillian rosewood special edition JT models were built with the above appointments, but substituting select Brazilian rosewood for the guitar back and sides. All of the Brazilian JT Signature Model guitars have been sold.

Jim and JT with a lovely SJ