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mhammons

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Stuff I Saw at Guitar Center
« on: July 09, 2003, 11:07:31 AM »
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I was in Guitar Center yesterday and I spent a little time fooling with the used Everett Laurel series O-style guitar they have it there.  At one time our own Mick the Pick had expressed some interest in this instrument and had mentioned it to me.  I had played it before, but back then it was tuned down to C# or some dang thing.  This time it was tuned up to pitch, though the strings looked like they've seen better days.

Geez, what a great guitar!  It's small, but it has a big sound for such a small body.  To me, it was richer than the Martin 000's (including the Clapton model) they've got hanging around there.  It's a beautiful instrument - purty flamed maple binding, etc.  It reminded me a bit of that Huss & Dalton I used to have, though I liked the neck better on the Everett.  It would be an awesome fingerstyle instrument.

Word is that this guitar came to Little Rock from David Starr's store up in Colorado.  It was apparently part of a trade worked out for some stuff that GC had that Starr's needed.  Whatever...

Anyway, that's the only Everett I've ever seen, and it's quite nice.

One other thing - there is a Tacoma maple dread in there with a stunning tobacco sunburst finish and wood marquetry binding.  It looks like a million bucks - I'm such a sucker for a sunburst paint job.  Doesn't sound too bad, either.  Has that tubby bass thing going, kinda like a Gibson J-200 or something.  Like, you hit a string and hear the note a couple of minutes later, you know?  It was marked down to $899, which is a steal for decent American made solid-wood guitar.

OK, That is all.

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2003, 10:58:11 PM »
I've played that guitar as well.  Knew the moment I picked it up it wasn't an ordinary axe.   B)  

I seem to remember the build quality having just enough character to tell it was hand made, which I like.  Nothing against CNC mind you, just that it wasn't a cookie cutter guitar.

A few weeks back when I was in Mt. View I noodled on a Bourgeois Slope D.  Now I've been wanting to get my hands on one of these for quite a while.  I spent a pretty good bit of time looking it over and subjecting the music shop guy to what was probably the uptenth thousand g-run that had been played from that stool.  The guitar had mahogany back/sides with a spruce top - generic stuff but masterfully built.  Fit and finish was incrediable, the thing was built like a tank and built gracefully I might add.  Sound wise it was nice, really nice, but nothing that spoke to me.  Could have been the strings (worn from thousands of g-runs no doubt) or it could have been the setup, who knows.

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2003, 04:07:07 PM »
RE:  Everett guitar
I have played this three or four times, fully agree with Mr. Hammons on the quality and sound of the Everett.  This maker, from Atlanta, has two series-his custom is very expensive, well regarded.  The Laurel series, which is the one that GC has, has some parts made overseas and is assembled in Atlanta.  The workmanship is first rate-if anyone wants a small-bodied fingerstyle guitar that is really unique, this would be a worthy consideration.
On the other end of the spectrum, I played a cocobolo Taylor -14 series at Rosen's-beautiful choclolate brown, heavily striped cocobolo with curly
 maple binding, very nice guitar, if you want to spend a few more bucks.

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