Kent Everett mandola
Kent Everett EH5 mandola, sunburst, 2018. $4,000.
Georgia-based boutique luthier Kent Everett has been building instruments since 1977, and counts among his customers such luminaries as Brad Paisley, Shawn Mullins, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton, and David Wilcox, as well as many others. Though focused on guitars, now and then he found time to build a few mandolins and even fewer mandolas before ceasing all production of mandolin-family instruments in 2019.
     In fact, Everett produced only three mandolas in total, all of them during 2017–18. Hence this is an extremely rare find. With its enlarged upper bass bout and single cutaway, it's a hybrid of a traditional F style and an archtop guitar. Spruce top and beautifully figured bookmatched maple back. Figured maple neck, with a profile I'd describe as "beefy." The headplate appears to be ebony while the back of the headstock has a cap of what looks like zebrawood, with a matching cap at the heel. Everett's signature initial 'E' script logo is actually cut into the end of the headstock, rather than inlaid.
     Natural maple binding on top and back; the top lower bass bout is slightly beveled to give the player's arm a little more comfort. Flat ebony fretboard with understated fret markers; 15.75" scale. Nut width is 1.375". Gold hardware, including a Monteleone-style tailpiece, strap buttons, and tuners with ebony buttons. F soundholes and adjustable ebony bridge. Slightly used but in excellent condition. This is an acoustic instrument; no sign of electronics. Comes in a spiffy custom Ameritage hardshell case.
     Serial number RH-808-18. When available, a new EH5 mandola from Kent Everett would set you back $5,200 (and again, only three of these were made). This one can be had for a more manageable sum. 48-hour approval. See more photos, call 425/772-0231, or for more information. $4,000 plus shipping.