~ for the advanced builder ~
will be a weekend that will influence your entire guitar building career.
is not designed for the beginner
or first time builder.
A minimum of having built 5 acoustic steel string
guitars is a class requirement.
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
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.
starts at 10:00, but try to arrive
flying to Atlanta, I will tell you your transport options from the airport
will be happy to pick you up from the shuttle drop off.
(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
The EZ is an expansion on my 2 dvd set on top voicing.
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.
starts after breakfast - 9:30am.
wrap it up at 3:00 - 4:00 which allow plenty of travel time for returning
home same day.)
Neck Joints - how to w/ pros and cons for
- how neck angles effect tone, future repair, adjustablility, ...
Neck Shaping - and easy how to method by
Fret work - this has gotten way too complicated
There are simple basics to keep in mind to have a great playing guitar.
- shape, fit, tone, intone
Finish Discussion and Tone
for allowing the guitar to settle-in prior to shipping to customer.
will break for a quick lunch. Workshop time continues until about ~
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
I want to make sure you "get it".
As a plus - the time spent out of the shop, in a casual relaxed environment,
We can review the material covered during the day and review what is
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
and maximize the techniques that I am demonstrating.
Also it is fun ."
is a private master class and is geared towards the particular student's
Also class shop hours are flexible, in order to accommodate travel.
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.
hope you can join us in our scenic north Georgia home for an experience
(10% discount for Alumni.)
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
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
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
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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Do I have the nicest students - or
had a blast last weekend!! The class was incredibly helpful and fun
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.
was awesome! inspiring! eye-opening! so much fun! amazing...did I mention
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!
I signed up for his Masters Class, I had high expectations
and they were exceeded!
a full-time luthier, I wasnt 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
but more importantly, Ive re-discovered my love of craftsmanship
and luthiery. Well worth every minute and every penney.
is a true professional, a gifted craftsman and a great guy to be around.
Youll enjoy your coffee breaks as much as the 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
time with master luthier Kent Carlos Everett has been a life altering
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!
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!"
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.
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
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.
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
class exceeded my expectations, ... and I had high expectations.
Carlos Everett has had the pleasure to teach may talented and interesting
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. "