Joel Sahlstrom


Joel earned a studio arts degree from Bethel College in St. Paul Minnesota. Joel sees art in many forms. The “sound” he has refined has come after tedious trial and error. Joel’s attention to detail, experimentation with bracing, and working with numerous tonal characteristics has contributed to what has made Joel a sought after Luthier all across the United States and Canada. 

 Joel credits his time with Master Luthier James Olson as a turning point in his career. Since then, Joel has created guitars that have a comfortable, “old friend” feel to them. 




Ancient Glacier Sitka Top (2850 Years Old), Master Grade Vintage Sugar Maple Back, Sides, Neck (Milled in the 70’s for Cello’s; cured and dried over 40 years. Dense and tight with an incredible “Q” value), Sahlstrom Ebony Bridge, Fingerboard, Binding, Sahlstrom  Arm Rest and Knee Rest, Original Sahlstrom Rosette, Headstock

New With Warranty


Extremely Figured Alaskan Sitka Top, Antique “Graceland” Master Grade Honduran Mahogany Back and Sides (Log milled in 1957: The tone-wood was intended to build guitars for Elvis Presley following the release of  “Jailhouse Rock” and purchase of his new mansion in Tennessee called “Graceland”), Alaskan Sitka Braces, Sound port, Arm Bevel, Knee Rest, 5 Piece Neck, Ebony Fretboard, Bridge, Indian rosewood binding, Slotted Headstock, Joel’s Rosette, Gold Evo Fret Wire

New With Warranty

Custom Order

Custom orders with Joel Sahlstrom can be booked  for the winter 2016.

Joel Sahlstrom


Joel Sahlstrom hand crafts his guitars in Minnesota, USA.


Small Jumbo

Master Grade Adirondack Spruce Top and Braces, Curly Walnut Back and Sides, Ziricote Binding, Purfling in Maple and Honduran Rosewood, Ebony Fingerboard, Bridge, Bone Nut and Saddle, Sound Port, Arm Bevel, Walnut Abalone Rosette, Abalone Headstock Inlay, 25.5″ Scale


Master Grade Adirondack Red Spruce, Private Reserve Cocobolo Back & Sides, , Bone Nut & Saddle, Abalone Bound Top/Soundboard, Arm Bevel, Rib & Knee Rest, Custom Abalone & Wood Rosette, Slotted Headstock with Custom Made Cocobolo Buttons on Schleter Tuners, Sahlstom Abalone Inlaid Torch, Highly Figured Cocobolo Fretboard & Bridge Featuting Abalone/Copper Horn Bridge Pins and Gold Evo Fret Wire

2850 PS  

Ancient Glacier Sitka Top, African Blackwood Back & Sides, Bone Nut & Saddle, Amber Flamed Maple Arm Bevel, Knee Rest, Custom ‘2850’ Rosette, Schleter Tuners with Ebony Buttons, Ebony Fretboard with Gold Evo Fret Wire & Custom Pyramid Bridge Featuting Abalone/Copper Horn Bridge Pins and Soundport