Posted on January 5, 2010April 13, 2023 by Dale Phillips Review: How to Make a Living Doing Something Crazy — Like Making Guitars by Kent Carlos Everett Review: How to Make a Living Doing Something Crazy — Like Making Guitars by Kent Carlos Everett Reviewed by John Calkin Originally published in American Lutherie #101, 2010 How to Make a Living Doing Something Crazy — Like Making Guitars Kent Carlos Everett $9.75 from www.everettguitars.com Thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of guitarists who admire fine instruments and seem to know all about them, have a fantasy life where they are a luthier. Their fantasy days slip slowly by as they sit quietly at their bench, engrossed in the pleasant task of rendering expensive wood into the most exquisite guitars the world has seen. Their favorite artists fill the background with wonderful music as they pause to admire a favorite lick and wonder oh-so-briefly what the lesser unfortunate members of humanity might be doing at that very moment. Their life is full and peaceful and maybe even prosperous. I’ve come to believe that their fantasy is the real foundation of our New Golden Age of Lutherie, and that without it luthiers would be groveling for a living in some miserable cubicle in the ever-expanding megalopolis that houses American commerce. The next time a customer or friend is envious of your lifestyle just nod knowingly and tell them you entirely understand. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.