The photos below show some details of appointments enhancing
the appearance of an Olson guitar, available as options when
The new peghead back veneer and purfling. Also visible
here are Jim's new custom tuners, with the "O" logo embossed on
the back of each tuner.
This is Jim's new soundhole rosette.
It features Brazilian rosewood inserts with the grain lines
oriented to point toward
the center, like spokes on a wheel.
A closeup of the new rosette on a cedar-top guitar...
...and on a spruce-top guitar.
As an option Jim can provide abalone and purfling trim
around the fingerboard edge on the guitar top. It must be
carefully merged with the soundhole rosette. This photo
shows a top with the fingerboard trim in place (the
fingerboard will cover the lower rectangle and
extend off the bottom of the photo).
Part of the process of installing the fingerboard trim.
Here the top and rosette have been carefully cut to
receive the trim.
Here the trim is being fit into place.
Here's a particularly fancy example of custom fingerboard
inlay combined with fingerboard trim, abalone binding, and
the new soundhole rosette.
One of Jim's most-requested appointments is dove-shaped
fretmarkers, either oriented down the fretboard (as on
Phil Keaggy's SJ) or up (as on James Taylor's). This
closeup shows a dove made with some especially colorful
abalone, trimmed with a thin band of mother-of-pearl.
Jim's latest take on the dove inlay has a wooden center
outlined in mother-of-pearl. The Fadal and laser make possible
the extremely precise fit.
Colorful wood outlined with a light trim is a theme in Jim's latest appointments.
Here you see the style applied to his signature headstock inlay...
...and here a closeup of the tip of the cutaway on a spruce-topped
instrument shows binding made of rosewood bordered by black-white-black trim.
This customized headstock shows off customized inlay, abalone edge trim,
and a signature "O" made of abalone trimmed with light pearloid.
Jim also offers custom engravings that he executes with the
Fadal and the laser.
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