Goodall Guitars is a family company that was formed in 1972 with a simple premise which became their mission statement - Acoustic Excellence. Their stated purpose is to build instruments with superbly rich tone, refined designs and appointments, and the greatest playability available in an acoustic guitar.
James Goodall is now usually mentioned in the same breath with Kevin Ryan, Michael Millard (of Froggy Bottom), Del Langejans, Kent Everett, Dana Bourgeois and a few other US luthiers who have brought about a true renaissance of the acoustic guitar the last couple of decades and have put boutique outfits at the forefront of guitar making.
There is a current view that while both Martin and Gibson have worked very hard to stay relevant, and have brought out pretty good versions of their classics, one may argue that the best new top-end acoustics have been coming mostly from boutique luthiers like the above.
This Brazilian Rosewood Parlour Cutaway (BRPC) acoustic guitar was made by James Goodall in 2004, when he was living and working in Hawaii. While it’s a relatively small guitar (14” lower bout), it projects a surprisingly big sound.
"AAA" grade Brazilian rosewood back & sides
Master grade Adirondack spruce top
14" body with cutaway
Solid mahogany neck
Gotoh 510 tuners with ebony buttons
Ebony bridge, fretboard, and headplate
1 3/4" nut
2 1/4" spacing at the bridge
Lower Bout 14"
Upper Bout 10 5/8"
Depth 3 3/4"
Soundhole 3 ¾”
Overall Length of guitar 39 1/2"
Ebony bridge pins & end pin
Gloss finish on neck
There’s not many Goodall guitars in Australia, and not many of any brand that are this good. It was bought new by its one owner direct from Mandolin Brothers USA in 2004.
This is an absolutely beautiful guitar. It is 16 years old, and presents in virtually new condition - not a mark on it anywhere. It is incredibly comfortable to play, and sounds brilliant.
The Goodall tone is oozing out of this one - complex, lush, and almost three-dimensional, but you get that extra bell-like resonance from the Brazilian. Notes, especially the bass, just bloom out of this guitar.
Very simply, this Goodall BRPC-14 is one of the best small guitars we’ve ever heard. And of course the finish and attention to detail on this fine instrument is as good as it gets.
This guitar would probably be at least a US$8,000 build today.
Comes in original Goodall hard case in excellent condition.
Here’s the Goodall Guitars website - http://goodallguitars.com