The James Taylor Signature Models
A Limited Edition Series
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
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:
- Double-inlayed dove and "O" inlays, with mother-of-pearl borders surrounding abalone inserts (the "O" is pictured below, left; doves below, right)
- Special soundhole rosette with an abalone ring surrounded by Brazillian rosewood inserts carefully cut and shaped to have a radial grain pattern (visible above and below, right)
- Ebony peghead back with white-black-white purfling
- White-black-white purfling around the fingerboard (visible below, right)
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.