Joel Sahlstrom

OOOExtremely Figured Alaskan Sitka Top, Antique “Graceland” Master Grade Honduran Mahogany Back and Sides (Log milled in 1957, perfect quarter sawn), Alaskan Sitka Braces, Sound port, Arm Bevel, Knee Rest, 5 Piece Neck, Ebony Fretboard, Bridge, Indian rosewood binding, Joel’s Rosette, Gold Evo Fret Wire     SOLD


The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem

1.Chordal Response: fast, lively, response, versatile chordal weight, dynamic, crisp response and definition, round, sweet    4.8
𝑑1 = 4.8   ( 5-n) +1 =1.8 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  20 secs + (Drop D)  malleable sustain (push harder with your finger on the fret )
approx  12 sec as note            ~14 sec + with vibrato                   4.85
𝑑2 = 4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.85 )
3. Basic volume and presence: soft, loud, aggressive, powerful, interactive volume,     4.85
𝑑3 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.85 )
4. Individual note separation and focus: clear, good note separation, wet and dry notes possible,     4.75
𝑑4 =( 5-n) +1 =1.75 )

5.Systematic sustain: rich sustain, defined overtone series, great upper and lower partial registers   4.85
𝑑5 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.85 )
6. Response compliance: fast, energetic, interactive response, open full sound, sweet,    4.8
𝑑6 =( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.8 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: balanced with a crisp acoustic note loaded in round sweet fundamental, an enthusiastic, eenrgetic voice, vibrant, interactive, Chiming harmonics,              4.8
𝑑7 =( 4.8-n) +1 =1.8 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are balanced and pronounced with a crisp focus, thick and heavy mids and trebles, bass fundamental, rich highs    4.85
𝑑8 =( 4.75-n) +1 =1.85 )
9. Tone projection: slow round tone production with intimate finish, full bodied sound, a deep bellowing voice, full breaths      4.8
𝑑9 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.8)
10. A large dynamic range: a nice array of dynamics ranging from crisp raspy highs and lows to open sweet round notes, an inviting and intimate voice,   4.8
𝑑10 =4.85( 5-n) +1 = 1.8 )

11. Tonal bloom:  medium bloom cycles      4.8
𝑑11 =4.8( 5-n) +1 =1.8 )

Quality Of Tone

Lyrical tone with an everlasting intimacy with the player, warm round notes with a sweet honey dipped finish, rich , gritty, defined overtone series,  round bellowing deep voice.


∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)= 19.9
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = / T
𝐏= 19.9/ 22 ≅ 9.0/10 ≅ 90%


In the spring of 2016 Symphontree Music and Joel Sahlstrom set out to design a new line of guitars using native historical tone woods. We decided to pair a vintage bear claw Adirondack top with a perfectly quarter sawn Honduran mahogany set milled in 1957. The aged mahogany was milled by a furniture maker who had stashed the wood to build a very special piece for Elvis Presley. Now after 60 years later this incredible wood is given a voice.

The guitar was finished and delivered to Symphontree Music early March in the constellation of Pisces


This is a Sahlstrom original body design, headstock design, rosette, bracing pattern and voice. Borrowed design details would be the arm rest and pin less bridge which have both been integrated on this piece with a Sahlstrom touch.


This guitar has an inviting voice, incredibly comfortable body and tight waist. It is an instrument that will impress you time and time again with the pleasantness and lightness of it’s profound articulation. Expect a guitar that will learn from you as a player and reward you with warm breaths of tone. This guitar exudes a more feminine vibe for me due to it’s refined lines and sweet voice.