- acoustic guitars
James A Olson was born in 1950. In 1971 he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and after reading guitar making books by Irving Sloane, Arthur Overholtzer, and David Russel Young, he set up workshop in the basement of his rental house. He went full time as a guitar maker in 1977 when he founded Olson Guitars. After a difficult start Olson Guitars' reputation grew with exposure generated by celebrity Olson players Phil Keaggy and James Taylor. In 1992 Olson moved to his current location in Circle Pines Minnesota where he continues to work to this day.