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—instruments designed to closely resemble JT's favorite performing guitar, but with special appointments making the series a distinctive commemoration of the work of these two artists.

Each JT Signature Model guitar bears a label personally signed by both James Taylor and Jim Olson, visible through the soundhole. Inside, the neck endblock 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

The Standard JT model is an Olson SJ with a cedar top and east Indian rosewood back and sides and dove inlays—the basic specs of JT's favorite performing guitar. Several additional appointments add to the elegance of the Standard JT model.


Special Edition JT Models

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.

Additional photos of some of the Special Edition appointments appear on the Guitar Appointments page.

Jim and JT with a lovely SJ