UPDATE DEC 2023:
We announced that Pat was looking to sell this beautiful James Goodall concert jumbo guitar in order to fund her building the baritone guitar of her dreams . . . we are even planning to film this build for the documentary being made about us.
After a lot of thought and conversations with friends, we decided it would be more meaningful to donate the guitar to someone who would benefit from having this high quality, professional instrument. So we've decided to organize a crowd-funding campaign to do just that. And we're excited to say that we've already identified the recipient of the guitar!
We'll reveal who it is in our next newsletter. Make a contribution now using one of the donation methods, above, to fund the gifting of this guitar.
James Goodall Guitar
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Early 90s RCJ, concert jumbo Goodall (see photos below). More shallow than a dreadnought, wider in the lower bout. Creates gorgeous balanced tone. Excellent condition, slight wear, tiny repaired crack near binding on back, work done by James Goodall. Clear pick guard. Fabulous sounding guitar, loud yet superbly balanced treble to bass, exquisite action. East Indian Rosewood back & sides, beautiful Sitka spruce top with elegant curly Koa binding, ebony fingerboard & bridge. Made in Kailua, Kona, Hawaii. Schaler tuners and original hard case. Has a K&K pickup installed through the endpin. The guitar is valued at $5200. Any additional funds raised will go to fund the documentary being made about us.
The Story Behind the Goodall
I purchased this early 90s, James Goodall RCJ jumbo acoustic guitar over 20 years ago because it was the first guitar I ever played that sounded like a guitar I built when I was in college that was, tragically, stolen many years ago.
I'm raising funds and gifting this guitar because I stumbled into a remarkable opportunity that I'll describe below.
It's made of East Indian Rosewood back & sides, beautiful Sitka spruce top with a clear pick guard, elegant curly Koa binding and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. It has Schaler tuners and comes with its original hard case. It has a K&K pickup which we had installed through the endpin.
This is a great guitar built in Kailua Kona, Hawaii by a wonderful luthier and it has increased in value over the more than 20 years that we've had it. This is not the guitar that I tour with and this guitar has only been on the road a few times.
(Pat circa 1980, with the guitar she built.)
Why I'm Raising Funds & Gifting the Goodall
During the pandemic, I fell in love with the sound of the baritone guitar. I couldn’t quite figure out why I loved the sound so much until I realized that Pete Seeger’s guitar was a baritone. No wonder I loved it so much.
Over the Summer, I went to a reception at a small music store, the Rocky Mountain Guitar Company in CO.
Remarkably, the owner of the shop, Jeff Bamburg, was a luthier who was inspired to start building guitars when he heard a baritone guitar. When I asked if he still built them he said no but that he would build one with me, all he asked was that I pay the price of materials.
I was able to build the guitar pictured on the left by paying for the cost of materials and playing at many crafts fairs promoting the guitar builder who I worked with.
After my guitar was stolen, I never thought I would build another one but this opportunity seemed too serendipitous to pass up. So I’m planning to go to Colorado for 2 weeks this January. To build a baritone guitar.
Funds raised will pretty much cover the cost of my materials and make it possible for me to build the baritone guitar of my dreams and heal some of the loss of my guitar that was stolen so many years ago.
Thanks so much for helping us gift the Goodall and for helping me build the baritone guitar of my dreams.