Straight from the shop owner's personal collection is this Olson AJ Series 1 Acoustic Guitar- Personally Signed & Played by James Taylor; it was actually played by both Michael Landau & JT himself! L.R. Baggs Pickup installed!
Clif Jones ,The Owner of The Guitar and L.A, Vintage Gear:
Yes - I never thought I would sell this guitar , only hand it down to my Son but times they are a changin'
This guitar was built for me by James Olson because of my relationship with Michael Landau , James Taylor long standing guitar player and the fact a buyer couldn't come thru .
This guitar was played maybe 6 hours by me and the last 2 players were Mike Landau and James as he was signing the back of the headstock for me . Mike Landau told me that JT wanted to check out how the newer JT Model Acoustics sounded so Mike played James's guitar and James played mine . Of course I wish I was a fly on the wall for that ! Going a little deeper into the story of the signing of the guitar , Mike and I and our wives retreated to Mikes room @ The Hotel Del Coronado after the gig . We are talking and I noticed the big tweed case sitting there with Mikes Guitars . I asked Mike : " Mike E. How did the signing go , as James never signs James Olson Guitars , Mike said , Bad news . James noticed a hairline crack thru the headstock . Thought maybe you would want to repair it before I signed it .
I said - Oh my , I took the guitar out of the case and the back of the headstock was signed ! I asked Mike how long he was thinking of that joke , He said " All Day " ! There you go - True story .
I don't believe James has personally signed a James Olson Guitar except for the run they did with the paper label .
My loss is Your Fun !
SJ body size
East Indian Rosewood back & sides
Abalone Dove fingerboard inlays
Abalone sound hole center ring
Abalone "O" logo on peghead
Abalone top edge, back centerstrip and end wedge borders
Chrome Gotoh 510 tuners with O logo on ebony buttons