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SEBA May 18th (2003) Guitar Workshop

Kent Everett of Everett Guitars

At our May 18th Pickinic in Atlanta we are glad to have a guitar building workshop by Kent Everett of Everett Guitars in Atlanta. Don't miss this one!

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Kent 'Carlos' Everett began his love of building guitars in 1977, and has had a guitar in the works ever since. He is primarily self-taught. "I have learned a lot from many different people. Does that mean I am self-taught? The two people who have influenced me the most are: Devon Bogue for teaching me the meaning of craftsmanship; and Wade Lowe for teaching me that it is OK to be passionate about your work."

During the 1980's, Everett worked for and later owned the premier repair shop in Atlanta: the Atlanta Guitar Works. After the 50 hour week of repair and restoration, Kent still found evening and weekend time to follow his passion for building. "My goal was to reach a point where I could actually build guitars during the daytime." Building approximately 10 instruments annually, he built a variety of archtop, semi-hollow, solid-body electrics, acoustics, Dobros, mandolins, and in 1988 received a patent for his popular electric guitar design. Toward the end of the 1980's, Kent began building more and more and repairing less and less. In 1990 he closed the Guitar Works and opened Everett Guitars, a one man shop dedicated to building high-end acoustic guitars.

By the mid 1990's Everett Guitars had grown to an annual output of 54 guitars with dealers across the United States, Germany, and Japan. A lot of guitars for one guy!

Today Kent offers two types of Everett Guitars. "The guitars that 'I'' build and the guitars that 'We' build." The guitars Kent builds as a one man shop are: the Elan Series instruments. He builds only 4 to 6 of these high end guitars annually and currently has a 16 month waiting list. The guitars that "we build" are the Laural Series. They are built in concert with a small high quality production. Because of Everett's 'hands-on' involvement with each Laurel, production is limited to less than 100 instruments per year. Each guitar is an individual signed work of art. You will enjoy the quality of an Everett.

Some of the folks who play his guitars are: Brad Paisley, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Don Conoscenti, Bebo Norman, Kristian Bush (Billy Pilgrim), Matthew Kahler, Shawn Mullins, Pat Buchanan (Hall & Oats, Cyndi Lauper), David Wilcox, John Beltzer (Songs of Love), Rich Williams (Kansas), Frank Rodgers (EMI Nashville).

For more information about Everett Guitars (Atlanta) please call Kent in at 770 454-6618, email or visit his website at

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