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 10:00, but try to arrive at 9:30
If flying to Atlanta, I will tell you your transport options from the airport and
will be happy to pick you up from the shuttle drop off.

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 ~ 6:00, but ...
That evening after dinner ,
we will find ourselves on our scenic front porch to discuss the philosophy
and details behind building musical instruments.

Day 2
starts after breakfast - 9:30am.

(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 about ~ 4:00.


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

A lot happens in this workshop, and I want you have time to think about it.
I want to make sure you "get it".

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

" This will help me see what you need , how to focus your shop time,
and maximize the techniques that I am demonstrating.

Also it is fun ."


This is a private master class and is geared towards the particular student's needs.
Also class shop hours are flexible, in order to accommodate travel.

Student Homework

Bring your best acoustic guitar for an evaluation.

Also be sure to watch both the Everett Voicing DVD
and the Guitar Setup DVD


read this little book
The Qualitites of Craftsmanship.

Also you will be asked to bring an acoutic guitar top in order to demostrate voicing
and to give you a tactle key to take home after the class.
Individual pre - class homework details will be given after signing up.

I hope you can join us in our scenic north Georgia home for an experience to remember.

master guitar building class

$1150 Includes
(10% discount for Alumni.)

Master Class Workshop Instruction
Lunch and Dinner on Day 1. Bed & Breakfast, and Lunch on day two
(usually Subway sandwiches ... nothing fancy.)

also 2 nights if needed (to help with travel)
(You have your own room in our home with private bathroom and porch.)

Assistance with airport transport
Uber or an airport shuttle can bring you most of the way, then one of us will come down and pick you up.
Car rental can be affordable too.

(You can add an exta night with us if you need to to help with travel plans.
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.

< 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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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!

student master guitar building class

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.

student master guitar building class

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.

I enjoyed the class very much and found your teaching style and class organization very effective in enabling sufficient time
to cover all processes in a short time period. Also, your relaxed style and great sense of humor made the time in
your shop fun and very enjoyable. Even though I am very new to guitar building, I found your explanations and
demonstrations clear and easy to follow.

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.

I highly recommend this class to anyone who wishes to raise their ability to move from building good guitars to great guitars.
This is an excellent way to leap frog the experience curve.
The cost of the course is definitely the best money I have spent in learning and preparing to build great guitars.
It's really pretty simple: if you want to do your best, then learn from the best.

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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