2017 Master Class
~ for the advanced builder ~
master guitar building class

This will be a weekend that will influence your entire guitar building career.

It is not designed for the beginner or first time builder.
A minimum of having built 5 acoustic steel string guitars is a class requirement.

A private class designed to help the individual advance his/her guitar
building techniques, efficiency, and quality.
Each class is designed to the particular student - below is a typical outline.

I have found the best way to demonstrate my favorite tools, jigs and techniques, ...is to walk through the entire building process.
This gives us the opportunity to see the techiniques in context.
The class is designed for the particualr student, and we allow time to cover specific topics.

Day 1
starts at 9:00

The Body:

Workshop Climate Control (an easy , but 'must do' remedy)
Material Prep (sander or hand plane?)
Side Bending (how to feel it and not simply reply on numbers and method)
Assembly (the best use of 2 square feet in your shop)
Top and Back Voicing (This is an extension and expand explination from my 2 dvd set -
I have found some new ways to "hear"the objective.)

Binding (9 golden steps that will help with whatever method you choose to use)...

On day 1 we begin the Everett Z building technique -
The EZ is an expansion on my 2 dvd set on top voicing.

Shop time on Day 1 is over 6:30 - 7:00.
That evening after dinner ,
we will find ourselves on our scenic front porch to discuss the philosophy
and details behind building musical instruments, even return to the shop if we need to.

Day 2
starts after breakfast - 9:00am.

(We wrap it up at 3:00 - 4:00 which allow plenty of travel time for returning home same day.)

The Neck:
Neck Joints - how to w/ pros and cons for each

Fitting - how neck angles effect tone, future repair, adjustablility, ...

Neck Shaping - and easy how to method by hand

Fret work - this has gotten way too complicated for people.
There are simple basics to keep in mind to have a great playing guitar.

The Bridge - shape, fit, tone, intone

Finish Discussion and Tone

Final Process for allowing the guitar to settle-in prior to shipping to customer.

We will break for a quick lunch. Workshop time continues until 3:00 ~ 4:00.


You are getting a lot of information in a short amount of time.

It is a roller coaster of golden info coming your way.
I suggest you take the following day to review your notes and photos to help
inprint and organize the info.

As a plus - the time spent out of the shop, in a casual relaxed environment, is wonderful.
We can review the material covered during the day and discuss what is coming up.
But maybe more importantly, you can casually talk about guitar building with
a successful builder (with 4 decades experience) .
student master guitar building class

The class shop hours are somewhat flexible, in order to accommodate travel.

Student Homework

Bring your best acoustic guitar for an evaluation.
Also be sure to watch the Everett Voicing DVD
(Most of the advanced students have already seen this dvd set.)
the Guitar Setup DVD
(provided at sign up)

I will send a link to the Everett's Fretting Class - online instruction
(price inlcuded in class)
read this little book
The Qualitites of Craftsmanship.
(complementary copy sent at time of sign up)


Also you will be asked to bring an acoustic guitar top in order to demostrate
voicing and to give you a tactle key to take home after the class.

Individual class homework details will be given after signing up.

master guitar building class

$ 1475

2 Day Private 'Master Class' Workshop

~ also included are ~
Lunch and Dinner on Day 1.
Bed & Breakfast, and Lunch on day two
(usually Subway sandwiches ... nothing fancy.)

You have your own room in our home with private bathroom and porch.

We are located 1 hour to the Chattanooga airport and 90 minutes to the Atlanta airport.

This private class.
The class dates are decided with the individual's schedule.
And hours are somewhat flexible due to help with travel plans.

< Don't wear your best clothes. The shop will get dusty.

< Filtered water will be supplied .

< Do not wear sandals. This is a workshop.

< Bring a notebook, pen, and camera.
But No Videos please!

master guitar building class


Teacher Info

Kent Carlos Everett has had the pleasure of lecturing at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival,
the Association of String Instrument Artisans Symposium, the International School of Luthiery ,
The American School of Luthiery, the Southeastern Bluegrass Association,
The Georgia Woodworkers Guild, the Guild of American Luthiers, as well as various schools and universities.

He has built over 600 acoustic guitars and approximately 200 various other instruments.
He has made his living as a full time luthier since 1977.

This makes him a unique teacher, full of funny stories, and incite. With the highest level of craftmanship,
and brimming with decades of a working knowledge, he guides you to becoming a great guitar builder.

Everett has actively been teaching luthiery since 1989, has written
3 books on guitar building,
provided 3 instructional dvds on advanced luthiery, and has
many successful and renowned alumni.

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This is a tad long, but gives you a good overview from a student's perspective.
~ posted on the OLF forum

I've been building for 10 years,
and for my 10th anniversary I decided to treat myself to something intensive. I settled on a 2-day Master Class session with well-known builder Kent Carlos Everett .With over 800 guitars under his belt and a solid career in the business, he's got credibility as a builder, and I'd already seen some of his teaching style --
he's thorough, unpretentious and disciplined as a teacher. ...

This is definitely NOT a course for beginners-- the alumni list will likely convey that.
Carlos actually puts you through an application process to verify that you have the experience and attitude to benefit from the course style and content. It's designed as an intensive one-on-one session over 2 very full days, delving into the advanced details of Carlos' process. And there's a bunch of preparation -- for both teacher and student. While the basic format and syllabus is essentially the same for all students, I completed a detailed questionnaire to give Carlos a clear idea of where I was coming from, my experience, expectations and high-priority focus areas. He then put a lot of effort into customizing the content just for me. Having done university-level teaching myself, I know the effort it takes to prepare a good lesson plan and pace yourself to complete everything --
Carlos is a natural.

A student is expected to have reviewed his DVD material on voicing and setup, and to bring along a 90% complete guitar
top for final voicing, as well as an example of your finished work for critique.

Day 1 - We headed down to the shop. Most folks will immediately notice that this shop is not filled
with the latest and greatest jigs and tools.
The machinery is basic and the jigs are purpose built by the luthier -- not much stuff from the usual lutherie supply houses. For the next two days, we stepped through every part of the building process, with details flowing at a tremendous clip. Carlos had bodies and necks at various stages of construction and a few special-built teaching models. I was making notes like crazy and photographing everything in sight. After the first day, we settled into the living room, played each others' guitars and shared thoughts on art, music
and the meaning of life. We talked about the business of guitarmaking and the various reasons that people get into it.
A little wine and philosophy flowed. ...

Carlos loves to see the eyes light up when a student sees something that really resonates -- it happens frequently -- the "ah-hah moments", as he refers to them. I came back with new ideas, new skills, and confidence that I could make changes to my building style with success. I've already made changes to my shop and the next two guitars are off to a different start. And, I made a great friend. We were sharing to the moment that Carlos dropped me back at the airport shuttle. I arrived home knackered but smiling.

Thank you, Carlos -- the Master Class was everything I was hoping for ... and so much more.
And thank you Jeannie for putting up with me in your home -- you were great!

Thanks Tim.

Class Quotes
Do I have the nicest students - or what!

I had a blast last weekend!! The class was incredibly helpful and fun ....
I obviously had lots of “Ah-Ha” moments and my little scientific brain is spinning happily.
You are honestly a great teacher as well as an obviously very talented and renowned builder.

student master guitar building class

It was awesome! inspiring! eye-opening! so much fun! amazing...did I mention awesome?
I've got my list of changes to make in my shop and starting on that this week. I'm so excited to start implementing
some of what I learned with you Carlos. You're a great teacher!

When I signed up for his “Masters Class”, I had high expectations … and they were exceeded!
As a full-time luthier, I wasn’t eager to take time out of my shop and money out of my pocket, but I knew I needed a “breakthrough”.
It seemed I was working harder, earning less and enjoying the work less. Since taking the class,
I have MORE than made up for the time away in new efficiencies,
but more importantly, I’ve re-discovered my love of craftsmanship and luthiery. Well worth every minute and every penney.
Carlos is a true professional, a gifted craftsman and a great guy to be around. You’ll enjoy your coffee breaks as much as the class

student master guitar building class

I had a great time in the class-learned a lot about not only the how to but the why which will allow me to take
what you showed me and make it my own.
With what you told us about which specialty tools are necessary and which aren't,
I'm sure I'll save more money on buying the right tools and not the unnecessary ones than I spent on the class.
It was a rewarding experience on many levels .

Many thanks to you, Jeannie, Joey and Zeek for your hospitality.

Carlos, thanks for sharing your years of experience, knowledge and wisdom with me. It's something I'll never forget.

If you want to build better guitars and you have the opportunity to spend time with Carlos Everett – do it!
His 40+ years in the industry as a repairman, luthier, designer, manufacturer and marketer gives Carlos an unusual
depth of knowledge. Two days with Carlos in his shop has taken my building to the next level.

I also want to thank you again for the class. I got A LOT out of it, and to be honest, much more than I expected.
Not that I had low expectations, either. You kept me laughing, and the atmosphere of the class very positive and light-hearted.
I think that is important for learning. Also, the newer techniques have charged me up, and I WILL be building!


Great class!!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the wealth of information you shared during our adventure.
I want to thank you and Jeannie for your generous hospitality sharing your home to five total strangers for the week.
I feel we met as strangers and left as friends! You totally demystified and washed away the snake oil of building guitars
in a very common sense approach. I am anxious to start my first build thanks to you!
Thanks again for all your knowledge and encouragement.


Spending time with master luthier Kent Carlos Everett has been a life altering event.
I am convinced it would be impossible for the most callous and jaded to walk away from a time such as this un-changed.

Carlos is quite clear regarding what he is all about, which is 'to promote hand made acoustic musical instruments and
home made living room music'. I say, 'Balderdash'!
His true mission is to set ablazea musical experience in wood that leaves one hungering and panting for more! And more!
And *he* can deliver more!

student master guitar building class

Can't wait toput my learning into practice. Your class filled in lots of gaps in my
knowledge base. "Education is a good investment,
quality education doesn't cost, it pays!"

I learned so much in the short time with you. You're gift along with other things is teaching,
whether it be an English class or guitar building. That's a high calling in my book and just want to say thanks again.

By raising the proverbial bar for what a guitar should feel and sound like,
Carlos is at once elevated into that elite class of artisans who 'walk the talk'. He is a rare breed, and I got to spend
time in the shop with him.

student master guitar building class

I was surprised at how comfortable I became with the myriad of special techniques and simple jigs used to
build an extraordinary guitar in your shop. I returned to my shop with a long list of improvements that I want to make in my tools
and techniques. I am confident that my guitar building experience will now proceed at a low anxiety level through
the more difficult operations. I have also significantly raised my expectations in my ability to build
great instruments as my experience develops.

Your class exceeded my expectations, ... and I had high expectations.


K. Carlos Everett has had the pleasure to teach may talented and interesting people.

A few you might recognize :
Robbie O Brien , Jason Kostal , Peggy White , Sheldon Schwartz ,

" If I am able to encourage the art of luthiery to reach a higher level,
to help an individual develop the quality of craftsmanship,
tone, and control - that they hold in their heart, ...
then it has all been worthwhile.

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