Goodall Guitars is a family company 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 (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 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 Goodall KJ3505 (Koa Jumbo - number 3505) was made by James Goodall in 2003, when he was living and working in Hawaii. While it’s a relatively large guitar (17” lower bout), and it projects a big sound.
Special Reserve Curly Koa Jumbo
Special Reserve Curly Koa back and sides
Special Reserve Adirondack Spruce top
Abalone Rosette and diamond fretboard inlays
Curly maple body, headstock and backstrip bindings
Ebony peghead veneer
Ebony bridge, bridge pins and end pin
Satin finish on neck
Bone nut & saddle
Schaller chrome tuners with ebony buttons
14 frets to body
1.75” nut width
KJ3505 was completed on 1st December 2003
There’s not many Goodall guitars in Australia, and not many of any brand that are this good. The specifications above were provided by Jean Goodall in a recent email to the current owner.
This is an absolutely beautiful guitar. It is 18 years old, but presents in almost as-new condition. The only sign of this being played at all is some very faint pick swirls on the clear guard and just below it. These can only just be seen in a particular angle of light. But for all intents, this guitar is in mint condition. It is simply exquisite to behold.
It is incredibly comfortable to play, and sounds brilliant. The Goodall sound is oozing out of this one - complex, lush, and almost three-dimensional. And you get that extra resonance & brightness from the Koa. Notes and chords just bloom out of this guitar.
Very simply, this Goodall KJ is one of the best jumbo 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 cost USD$6,300 back in 2003. In her email Jean Goodall stated that to build this same guitar new in 2021 would be USD$12,000.
This beautiful KJ comes in its original Goodall branded TKL deluxe hard case in excellent condition.
Here’s the Goodall Guitars website - http://goodallguitars.com