While it sometimes becomes painfully obvious to me that I spend far more time building my guitars than marketing them, I have managed to accumulate some very generous praise from veterans of the lutherie world as well as from my growing list of satisfied customers.

Paul and the Road Trip Guitar concept were featured in the Wall Street Journal. Read the story HERE .
Iím extremely blessed to make my living with the guitar. As a teacher, writer, recording artist and performer I need to sound my best at all times. Because of this, Iím very picky about what instruments I choose to play. When I met Paul in 2010 I instantly knew he was a master luthier. He has a wonderful eye for aesthetics and his attention to detail is absolutely flawless. His refined and sophisticated sounding instruments really appeal to me. I love my little tenor ukulele he made and Iím looking forward to the songs and experiences it inspires. I feel extremely fortunate to own this amazing piece of functional art. Thanks again, Paul!

  - Grammy Award Winning
  Danny Combs
  www.dannycombs.com
 


"Iím a Nashville based singer-songwriter. I love to huddle in my room with a warm, intimate, parlor sized guitar and write from the heart. But when I play live shows I need a larger guitar to achieve the sound I require. I approached Paul Woolson to see if he could build a guitar that would serve both purposes.

I'm quite sure that what I wanted is not everyone's cup of tea, maybe not even Paul's. I was looking for a small guitar that would feel good in my arms. I also had a sound in my head...like an old Gibson, dry and chesty, but with a bit more sustain and a clear and mellow high end. He said he believed a slightly deeper mahogany LP with a cedar/spruce double-top would do the trick. Boy, was he right! Last but not least I wanted it to look country, not all new and shiny. Kind of like my old Justin ropers. Paul suggested we could go with a matte finish and a very light antique burst. Bingo! I'm convinced that if you can explain what you want, Paul can build it.

  - Bat McGrath
  www.batmcgrath.com



I bought this 2007 LG on Paul's reputation and was not disappointed. When I went to playing short scales I didn't want to sell this guitar so Paul made me a 24.75 neck. This guitar is my favorite, the first one I pick up when I come into the studio. The balance and action are great and it has such a great low E, it's easy to forget this is a small guitar. My wife even thinks this is my prettiest guitar.

Thanks Paul you make me a happy guy.

  
- Bill Pillmore
  
billpillmore.com
 


Paul Woolson has built three superb custom double-top guitars for me, all short-scale "parlor" sized instruments. The first of these (the "Little Parlor" model) was used to record my latest CD, "What Tomorrow Brings", and I could not be more pleased with the results.

The two following Jumbo Parlor guitars meet and exceed my high expectations for the kind of guitar Paul is capable of delivering...exquisite artistry and craftsmanship coupled with the pure and refined tones of his industry-leading double-top construction.

Beyond the very appropriate gushing that I can do about all aspects of the great workmanship, tone and playability of these guitars, I need to say that both JP & LP guitars have some incredible mojo to them. It's nearly an indefinable aspect to how they vibrate and respond as the strings are played...and it's something that I have only experienced on a handful of guitars in my lifetime. There is inspiration in these guitars, musical inspiration that any player would long for, having experienced it in the past, as I have. If people have not been fortunate enough to experience moments like this with a guitar, well, keep looking, keep listening, keep playing...and it's what every guitar-builder should strive for. It's achievable, and both the JP & LP Woolson guitars have it in spades.

Larry Pattis
www.larrypattis.com


A showcase of guitars on the web

Paul was selected as the Builder of the Month on Guitar Gala's site. Read the interview HERE .

"Woolsonís LG body style, the guitar measures only 14 inches at the lower bout, yet its huge voice rivals much larger guitars. The result is surprising volume, coupled with a rich powerful tone, tremendous sustain, strong bass, and fat trebles." 

   - Acoustic Guitar Magazine, July, 2008

   Acoustic Guitar Video Demonstration


I am the proud owner of a double top and back Sitka/Indian LG model (built in 2008). This small-bodied guitar is deceiving in tone and volume. When I play this guitar for people, they invariably are surprised that it is not a larger guitar. Many of us players are interested in a smaller body for ergonomics, but don't want to give up the "big sound" of a larger guitar. Paul has succeeded in filling the void.

I had Paul install the K+K Trinity system in my guitar and the LG has quickly become my main guitar for performing. I'm not a fan of plugged-in acoustic guitar tone, but this little guitar with the K+K exhibits a very balanced, natural tone, without the boominess associated with larger bodied guitars. I'm always hearing positive comments about the "plugged-in" sound of this guitar. From players and acoustic lovers alike.

The entire build process was an enjoyable experience. Paul loves his craft and aims to please. Paul's right mix of gentle guidance and open dialogue resulted in a pleasant experience from beginning to end. Paul provided in-process photos and frequent updates via email and phone calls.

If you are considering commissioning a custom hand-built guitar, you would be remiss in not considering Paul's meticulous builds and wonderful tone.

Oh yeah, and Paul's a pretty good guy too!

A big fan,

  
- Tom Young
  
www.tomyoungguitar.com

 

Paul Woolson is among the most gifted, ďborn to itĒ young guitar makers with whom I've had the pleasure of working during my 30-plus years of teaching this craft. His intelligence, intuition and physical skills are uniquely suited to the work. In the hands of craftsmen like Paul, the future of lutherie looks pretty darn good.

        - Charles Fox
          Director American School of Lutherie



I have wanted to get a 12 string acoustic guitar for a long time. I did extensive research on the internet which lead me to Paul's website. I contacted Paul with my request to have a 12 string made and how I envisioned this guitar. From that point to the time I received my guitar, Paul was a joy to work with. He was open to what I wanted and provided me with suggestions along the way during the building process.

He also provided me with a series of pictures as it was being built. He was very good in requesting my input when needed and providing me with feedback during the building process. My emails and phone calls were always returned the same day.

The guitar itself is a real beauty built with East Indian Rosewood and Koa binding. The craftsmanship is impeccable. The sound is awesome with a big full even range from highs to lows and without the jangle that you often hear from 12 strings. My 12 string fits me perfect and is very easy to play. I love playing this guitar. I can get lost playing chord progressions for a couple of hours and suddenly realize how much time has gone by. I just wish I had more time to spend with this great guitar.

Thanks Paul for your integrity and professionalism and of course for this wonderful 12 string acoustic guitar.

   - Mark Cameron
 

There really is a huge difference when you pick up and play a guitar that is the result of someone's passion instead of the result of an assembly line.  You can hear the hours of loving labor invested in these beautiful guitars in every note you play on one.  Everything from the action to the tone on a Woolson Soundcraft guitar is perfect because each one is a deeply personal expression of Paul's artistic passion.  I wouldn't trade that for anything. I am honored to own a Woolson Soundcraft guitar.

  - Brad Miles

   Everman


 

I admit, I'm pretty picky about my guitars. So when it came time for me to have one custom built, I turned to Paul Woolson at Woolson Soundcraft.


I wanted a guitar just for me. I wanted flair. I wanted awesome sound. I wanted a guitar that, in my hands, would melt like butter. Mission accomplished! I couldn't be happier with my new guitar. And when it comes time for my next one, Woolson Soundcraft will have my business.

If you want personal attention and a guitar made 100% for you, look no further.

  - Fred Petrovsky, Phoenix, AZ

Hi Paul,

Here's a picture of me playing your (my !!) superb jazz box. It is by far the best sounding electric archtop I've ever owned and I've played about everything over my 52 years as a professional guitarist. The workmanship, the neck, the pickups (T.V Jones) and the superb selection of woods make this an incredible instrument.

   - Cliff Frederiksen

   Cliff Frederiksen Jazz


I have been looking for an acoustic guitar for about a year-and-a-half now. I tried everything: new, used, cutaway, dreadnaught, etc. Every brand from Collings, Huss & Dalton, Breedlove and Santa Cruz.

But when I first played the SIG Model Woolson Soundcraft guitar, I fell in love. Out of every guitar I played, this had the best sound, resonance, tone and beauty. Now, all I have to say is 'thanks'.

     - Jonathan Schoerlucke
 
         
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