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the year 2000, Everett started offering a guitar that was built
with the famed Terada Factory in Japan.
The Laurel Series.
Each Laurel was sent to the Everett Workshop in Atlanta where
it was completed.
128 Laurels were built over a 3 year period.
The Laurel Production was completed in
If you are one of the lucky ones to have
a Laurel on your knee,
you know what a great guitar it is.
8 photos represent months of work. They follow the construction
of an Laurel O model.
we are in the Terada factory in Nagoya, Japan. This is a pile
of 'O model' rosewood sides (that came from India) and mahogany
cutaway sides (from Central America) ready to be contoured to
receive the back and top. We only use all solid woods for my guitars.
This includes Flame Maple (Oregon) body bindings and solid Sitka
Spruce (Alaska) tops.
suffered for years developing a killer finish for the Everetts.
When I saw the quality of the Terada finish, I was in awe. These
guys are true craftsmen, I know! Here they are putting their attention
to the detail that I require for my guitars. The Laurels have
a high gloss body finish and satin finish neck.
Here she is all
shiny and ready for assembly (mahogany O model cutaway). It
would be impossible for me to show all the tooling the highly
respected Terada workshop has. They have been building guitars
for many decades and rely on craftsmanship more than computers.
So do I. You end up with a guitar that breathes and sounds like
a musical instrument instead of simply a product from a factory.
Here the Specialist
is checking the angles of the neck before gluing the bridge.
Neck pitch is important to allow the proper amount of torque
on the top while giving us low action. The guitar has already
been fretted at this point. I supply the factory with a unique
fret wire for my guitars. It is slightly taller than the usual
fretwire. This allows less work for your left hand and more
time before needing a fret job.
Next the guitar
is shipped to my workshop in Atlanta.
in Atlanta, I let the guitars recover from shipping (in climate
control) for 2 weeks before voicing the tops. The guitars are
built to my detailed specifications. All of the guitar:
body shape, neck angle, neck shape, ... and, perhaps most important,
is the top's bracing. Every Laurel is braced to my detailed bracing
dimensions and placement. After building over 400 guitars by myself,
I know the exact 4 spots on my bracing's design that I need to
shape to bring out the instrument's voice.
I reach in the soundhole
with a series of small tools, then sandpaper, to work the bracing
for the individual guitar. I work the top to a specific rebound
flexibility. The other photo shows me flexing the bridge while
voicing the top.
This photo is set
up as a 'demo' to illustrate what goes on inside the guitar.
Sometimes it only
takes about 45 minutes, sometimes hours. Whatever it takes,
each guitar top is individually voiced, by me, to the particular
After voicing the
top, I detail the guitar. This includes truing the frets, bone
nut, and saddle. Then I rebuff the guitar to it's original shine,
and clean the interior. I'm not putting my name on it until
everything is right.
When the guitar
is finally completed to my requirements, it gets the Everett
label with wax seal.
Here I'm reaming
out the bridge holes for the wooden bridge pins. I like to match
the bridge pins to the tuner buttons: ivoroid and abalone pins
with chrome buttons / ebony and abalone pins with ebony buttons
/ rosewood and abalone pins with 'tortoiseshell' buttons, ...
And last the guitar is adjusted to the customer's playing style
and string preference.
You get a lot of
personal attention with an Everett Laurel.