Luthier

Goodall Guitars

Luthiers
James & Luke Goodall
Location
Fort Bragg, California
Founded
1972

Goodall Guitars was formed in 1972 with a simple premise which became their mission statement: acoustic excellence. This means that their purpose is to build instruments with superbly rich tone, refined designs and appointments, and the greatest playability available in an acoustic guitar. 

They think of their guitars as a musical tool and strive for elegant design executed with precision, comparable to that of a master built violin. Their philosophy is to create the finest instruments available at any cost. Favoring tasteful appointments, Goodall guitars avoid overly extravagant cosmetic options and allow the natural beauty of the woods to tell their own story. 

“Acoustic Excellence”

The Guitars

Explore the models Goodall offer below...

Models

Classical

Dimensions
Body Length
19-3/8"
Body Width
14-5/16"
Body Depth
3-3/4"
Standard specifications
Top
Port Orford or Western Red Cedar
Back and sides
Indian or Palo Escrito Rosewood
Binding
Indian Rosewood
Edge Trim
5-Ply Ebony/Maple
Peghead & Bridge
Brazilian Rosewood
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Ebony
Bridge
Tie-Block Matched Wood Marquetry
Tuners
Gold Gotoh Classical Open Gear
Tuner Buttons
Ebony
Rosette Material
Wood Marquetry
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Number of Strings
6 - Nylon
Scale length
25.5"
Neck Width
2"
Bracing
Classical Lattice Bracing
Number of Frets
19
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Neck Finish
Glossy Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Pickguard
Clear
Case
Ameritage
Goodall's Notes

"As a classically trained musician James Goodall has a deep affection for the classical guitar. In 1988 James drew upon his renowned understanding of guitar building techniques, and with consideration for a Northern European tonal and visual concept, the Classical model was born. James Goodall has created his own bracing design in order to achieve a richly lyrical, exceedingly powerful, and brilliant timbre quality."

Crossover

Dimensions
Body Length
19-3/8"
Body Width
14-5/16"
Body Depth
4"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian or Palo Escrito Rosewood
Top Wood
Port Orford or Western Red Cedar
Binding
Indian Rosewood
Edge Trim
5-Ply Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony w/ MOP Inlay
Tuners
Gotoh Precision Open Gear
Tuner Buttons
Ebony
Peghead Inlay
Blacklip MOP
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Diamonds
Rosette Material
Andaman Padauk Inlay
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Scale length
25.5"
Neck Width
1-7/8"
Bracing Crossover
Lattice-Brace
Number of Frets
20
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Brand of Strings
Alvarez Medium Tension
Pickguard
Clear
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway Option
Available
Goodall's notes

A truly refined classical instrument has a powerful separation to each note and a brilliant and powerful treble which makes its voice somewhat strident and less satisfying when strummed like a steel string, but our Crossovers have a little more blend, balance, richness and sustain making them suitable for strumming as well as fingerstyle playing with equally satisfying results. There is plenty of clarity on the treble stings though and when pushed they really sing out, giving a wide dynamic range. The bass is very full and resonant, but not overpowering.

Parlor

Dimensions
Body Length 19-3/8"
Body Length 19-3/8"
Body Width 14"
Body Width 14"
Body Depth 4-1/8"
Body Depth 4-1/8"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood
Top Wood
Sitka Spruce
Binding
Hawaiian Koa
Edge Trim
5-Ply Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony w/ MOP Inlay
Tuners
Gotoh 510 Mini
Tuner Buttons
Ebony/Gold/Chrome
Peghead Inlay
MOP Wings, Abalone G
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Diamonds
Rosette Material
Abalone Shell
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Scale length
14 Fret or 12 Fret - 25"
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing Parlor
X-Brace
Number of Frets
14Fret - 20 or 12Fret - 19
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Pickguard
Clear
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway Option
Available
Goodall's notes

The Parlor series guitar has a shorter 25" scale length. It has a scaled down bridge, peghead and sound hole. It is available in a 12 or 14 fret neck joint with a non slotted peghead or an optional 12 fret neck joint with slotted peghead* and bronze patina Waverly tuners. The 12 fret model has a sweet, round and responsive voice similiar in tone to a classical guitar. The 14 fret model has a little more punch and clarity in the mid range, and is very similiar to our Grand Concert series instrument.

Grand Concert

Dimensions
Body Length
19-1/2"
Body Width
15"
Body Depth
4-1/4"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Sitka Spruce
Binding
Figured Koa or Maple or Indian Rosewood
Edge Trim
5-Ply Ebony/Maple
Peghead
Overlay Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony w/ MOP Inlay
Tuners
Gotoh 510 Mini
Tuner Buttons
Ebony/Gold
Peghead
Inlay MOP Wings, Abalone G
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Diamonds
Rosette Material
Abalone Shell
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Scale length
25.5" or 25" Short Scale
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing
X-Brace
Number of Frets
20
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Pickguard
Clear
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway Option
Available
Goodall's notes

While the Grand Concert series is considered ideal for the fingerstylist due to its sensitive, dynamic responsiveness, it is equally appropriate for the flatpicker or plectrum player with the appropriate tonewood combination. It is prized by Bluegrass flatpickers and has even been said to surpass large bodied dreadnought guitars with respect to it's clarity, sustain and powerful projection.

Traditional Orchestral Model

Dimensions
Body Length
19-1/2"
Body Width
15"
Body Depth
4-1/4
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Bear Claw Sitka Spruce
Binding
Maple
Edge Trim
Herringbone Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Maple
Bridge Pins
Blacklip MOP Inlaid Boxwood
Tuners
Waverly Vintage Nickel
Tuner Buttons
Ivoroid or Ebony
Peghead Inlay
Blacklip MOP Logo
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Squares
Rosette Material
Herringbone Wood Marquetry
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Backstrip Style
Chevron Wood Marquetry
Scale length
25.5"
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing
X-Brace
Number of Frets
20
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Brand of Strings
Elixir Phosphor Bronze
Pickguard
Tor-Tis Pattern
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway
Option Available
Goodall's Notes

Its tone is extremely powerful in the bass and midrange, with an emphasis on a broad warmth without lacking treble. All of our Traditional series models features a custom, partially scalloped bracing pattern which produces a bit more 'boominess' in the bass and midrange. The peghead and bridge have been redesigned for a more conservative visual appeal, with open gear Waverly tuning machines contributing to its charm. It is attractively arrayed with a herringbone marquetry rosette and top purfling, and a chevron marquetry backstrip. It has been designed especially with the flatpicker and the bluegrass player in mind.

Traditional 000

Dimensions
Body Length
20-3/8"
Body Width
15-3/16"
Body Depth
4-1/4"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Bear Claw Sitka Spruce
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Binding
Maple
Edge Trim
Herringbone Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Maple
Bridge Pins
Blacklip MOP Inlaid Boxwood
Tuner Buttons
Ivoroid or Ebony
Tuners
Waverly Vintage Nickel
Peghead Inlay
Blacklip MOP Logo
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Squares
Rosette Material
Herringbone Wood Marquetry
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Backstrip Style
Chevron Wood Marquetry
Number of Strings
6 - Steel
Scale length
25"
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing
X-Brace
Number of Frets
19
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Pickguard
Tor-Tis Pattern
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway
Option Available
Goodall's Notes

It is especially built for the fingerstyle player, but many folks like it for flat picking as well. All of our Traditional series models features a custom, partially scalloped bracing pattern which produces a bit more 'boominess' in the bass and midrange. The peghead and bridge have been redesigned for a more conservative visual appeal, with open gear Waverly tuning machines contributing to its charm. It is attractively arrayed with a herringbone marquetry rosette and top purfling, and a chevron marquetry backstrip.

Concert Jumbo

Dimensions
Body Length
20"
Body Width
15-7/8"
Body Depth
4-3/4"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Sitka Spruce
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Binding
Figured Koa or Maple or Indian Rosewood
Edge Trim
5-Ply Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony w/ MOP Inlay
Tuners
Gotoh 510 Mini
Tuner Buttons
Ebony/Gold
Peghead Inlay
MOP Wings, Abalone G
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Diamonds
Rosette Material
Abalone Shell
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Number of Strings
6 or 12 - Steel
Scale length
25.5" or 25" Short Scale
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Number of Frets
20
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Brand of Strings
Elixir Phosphor Bronze
Pickguard
Clear
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway
Option Available
Goodall's notes

In November 1998 after 26 years of building some of the finest steel string guitars ever constructed, James Goodall announced the addition of an exciting new box size. This is in response to increasing requests for a more comfortable, smaller body dimension than the Goodall Standard (near in size to the Dreadnought). The Concert Jumbo model is slightly smaller than the Standard series and larger than the Grand Concert series guitar.


Standard

Dimensions
Body Length
20"
Body Width
16"
Body Depth
4-3/4"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Sitka Spruce
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Binding
Figured Koa or Maple or Indian Rosewood
Edge Trim
5-Ply Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony w/ MOP Inlay
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Tuner Buttons
Ebony/Gold
Peghead Inlay
MOP Wings, Abalone G
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Diamonds
Rosette Material
Abalone Shell
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Scale length
25.5"
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing
X-Brace
Number of Frets
20
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Brand of Strings
Elixir Phosphor Bronze
Pickguard
Clear
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway
Option Available
Goodall's notes

The Standard series, with its graceful curving lines, is a larger-bodied guitar with a clarity that is uncanny! The amazingly rich, powerful bass and midrange is matched to a brilliant treble and shimmering harmonic overtones. Arguably the most balanced guitar available from Goodall Guitars, James feels that the Standard model is the crowning achievement of his luthierie career. With approximately the same proportions as the ever popular dreadnought shape, the resemblance stops with the size. More than one musician has commented that "this guitar makes others sound like they are stuffed full of cotton.

Traditional Dreadnought

Dimensions
Body Width
15-7/8"
Body Length
20"
Body Depth
4-3/4"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Bear Claw Sitka Spruce
Binding
Maple
Edge Trim
Herringbone Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Maple
Bridge Pins
Blacklip MOP Inlaid Boxwood
Tuners
Waverly Vintage Nickel
Tuner Buttons
Ivoroid or Ebony
Peghead Inlay
Blacklip MOP Logo
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Squares
Rosette Material
Herringbone Wood Marquetry
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Backstrip Style
Chevron Wood Marquetry
Scale length
25.5"
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing
X-Brace
Number of Frets
19
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Brand of Strings
Elixir Phosphor Bronze
Pickguard
Tor-Tis Pattern
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway
Option Available
Goodall's notes

All of our Traditional series models features a custom, partially scalloped bracing pattern which produces a bit more 'boominess' in the bass and midrange. The peghead and bridge have been redesigned for a more conservative visual appeal, with open gear Waverly tuning machines contributing to its charm. It is attractively arrayed with a herringbone marquetry rosette and top purfling, and a chevron marquetry backstrip.

Traditional Long Dreadnought

Dimensions
Body Length
21"
Body Width
15-7/8"
Body Depth
4-3/4"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Bear Claw Sitka Spruce
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Binding
Maple
Edge Trim
Herringbone Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Slotted Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Maple
Bridge Pins
Blacklip MOP Inlaid Boxwood
Tuners
Waverly Vintage Nickel
Tuner Buttons
Ivoroid or Ebony
Peghead Inlay
Blacklip MOP Logo
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Squares
Rosette Material
Herringbone Wood Marquetry
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Backstrip Style
Chevron Wood Marquetry
Scale length
12Fret - 25"
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing
X-Brace
Number of Frets
19
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Brand of Strings
Elixir Phosphor Bronze
Pickguard
Tor-Tis Pattern
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway
Option Available
Goodall's notes

All of our Traditional series models features a custom, partially scalloped bracing pattern which produces a bit more 'boominess' in the bass and midrange. The peghead and bridge have been redesigned for a more conservative visual appeal, with open gear Waverly tuning machines contributing to its charm. It is attractively arrayed with a herringbone marquetry rosette and top purfling, and a chevron marquetry backstrip.

Traditional Baritone

Dimensions
Body Length
21"
Body Width
15-7/8"
Body Depth
4-3/4"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Bear Claw Sitka Spruce
Binding
Maple
Edge Trim
Herringbone Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Maple
Bridge Pins
Blacklip MOP Inlaid Boxwood
Tuners
Waverly Vintage Nickel
Tuner Buttons
Ivoroid or Ebony
Peghead Inlay
Blacklip MOP Logo
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Squares
Rosette Material
Herringbone Wood Marquetry
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Backstrip Style
Chevron Wood Marquetry
Number of Strings
6 - Steel
Scale length
14Fret - 28"
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing
X-Brace
Number of Frets
21
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Brand of Strings
Elixir Phosphor Bronze
Pickguard
Tor-Tis Pattern
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway
Option Available
Goodall's notes

Yes, we make incredible sounding baritone models! It has such rich power and clear definition, one almost forgets the pitch is one whole step down after playing or listening awhile. This instrument is especially treasured by guitarists who love to play in drop tuning and slack-key styles.


Jumbo

Dimensions
Body Length
20"
Body Width
17"
Body Depth
4-5/8"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Sitka Spruce
Binding
Figured Koa or Maple or Indian Rosewood
Edge Trim
5-Ply Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony w/ MOP Inlay
Tuners
Gotoh 510 Regular
Tuner Buttons
Ebony/Gold
Peghead Inlay
MOP Wings, Abalone G
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Diamonds
Rosette Material
Abalone Shell
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Scale length
25.5"
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing
X-Brace
Number of Frets
20
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Brand of Strings
Elixir Phosphor Bronze
Pickguard
Clear
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway
Option Available
Goodall's Notes

The Jumbo model is a true jumbo sized guitar with a brilliance, balance and clarity that separates it from all the other jumbos! This size has a wonderfully musical, concert hall bass that can only be likened to a grand piano. Even with all this bass there is still great focus, separation and sustain. It has, possibly, a bit more fullness and punch throughout the whole scale than the Standard -- a hard feat to achieve.

Jumbo Baritone

Dimensions
Body Width
17"
Body Length
20"
Body Depth
4-5/8"
Standard specifications
Back/Side Wood
Indian Rosewood or Honduran Mahogany
Top Wood
Sitka Spruce
Binding
Figured Koa or Maple or Indian Rosewood
Edge Trim
5-Ply Ebony/Maple
Peghead Overlay
Ebony
Fretboard Wood
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
Ebony
Bridge Pins
Ebony w/ MOP Inlay
Tuners
Gotoh 510 Regular
Tuner Buttons
Ebony/Gold
Peghead Inlay
MOP Wings, Abalone G
Fretboard Inlay
Notched MOP Diamonds
Rosette Material
Abalone Shell
Nut/Saddle
Bone
Scale length
14Fret 28"
Neck Width
1-3/4"
Bracing
X-Brace
Number of Frets
20
Neck Material
Honduran Mahogany
Neck Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Finish
Glossy Urethane
Brand of Strings
Elixir Phosphor Bronze
Pickguard
Clear
Case
Ameritage
Cutaway
Option Available
Goodall's notes

Yes, we make an incredible sounding baritone! It has such power and clear definition, one almost forgets the pitch is lower after playing or listening awhile. This instrument is especially treasured by guitarists who love to play in drop tuning and slack-key styles.

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