Instrument Details

1982 Olson Small Body, Mahogany/Spruce
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
James Olson
Product Year
1982
Model
SJ Cutaway
Serial #
105
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP1390
Condition
Finish checking across body and neck, various dings and scuffs and signs of use. Past headstock crack, repaired. Some finish chipping.
Body Type(s)
Small, 00, 000
Back & Sides
Mahogany
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany - 5 Piece
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Herringbone
Top Trim
Violin Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Side dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
Ebony
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Lacquer
Body Bindings
Mahogany
Tuners
Schaller
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
Florentine
Pickguard
Black
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.125 in
Upper Bout
11.25 in
Lower Bout
14.125 in
Body Depth Heel
4.125 in
Body Depth Tail
5 in
Scale Length
25.4 in
Scale Length (mm)
645 mm
Nut Width
1.65 in
Nut Width (mm)
42 mm
String Spacing
2.125 in
String Spacing (mm)
54 mm
Weight
4 lb. 11 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Access Stage 3
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Description

A fun blast from the past of Jim Olson’s long career! We recently took in a small body guitar that Jim built back in 1982, one of about two such guitars that Jim modeled after classical designs, but with steel strings. Mahogany back and sides, Spruce top, Florentine cutaway and 25.4 scale, and Jim’s trademark 5-ply neck are all here. This Olson has seen lots of play time over the decades, but is in fine working shape and has a quick and opened up voice to prove it. The smaller body dimensions make for easy playability, but the guitar doesn’t suffer for volume and projection. An opportunity to own a piece of Olson history.


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This is a rare small body guitar from James Olson’s early years. He told us he’s may just two of these small body cutaway models, so this is even rarer than most. Crafted from striped Mahogany, it has a clear and beautiful voice but the simmering highs everyone loves about Olson guitars, and this one has been played in a lot. To us that’s the reason it sounds so good, many notes have been put through this instrument and add to its mojo and character. This is an awesome one to play and it will reward you tenfold, song after song.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.4 in
NUT WIDTH 1.65 in
STRING SPACING 2.125 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
MAHOGANY

A fun blast from the past of Jim Olson’s long career! We recently took in a small body guitar that Jim built back in 1982, one of about two such guitars that Jim modeled after classical designs, but with steel strings.
 

This is a rare small body guitar from James Olson’s early years. He told us he’s may just two of these small body cutaway models, so this is even rarer than most.
 
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