" I cannot help myself. It is fun to have a unique instrument made to your own specifications and to have luthiers such as the Mayers to bring life to the unique wood selections. I love both my Little Koa-Moe #247 and my Master Blue Pond Tenor Moe #414. It took a while for it to open up but it sounds great and appears to be aging well. Both ukes allow me to escape my regular high stress day and wonder off somewhere."

- Eddy M.


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Scheduled Start Date: Feb 28, 2011
Completed: Mar 29, 2011

  • Master Grade Blue Pond Myrtle top, back & sides

  • Bloodwood body binding with Abalone purfling on top

  • Abalone rosette

  • High gloss polyester finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Bloodwood binding & Abalone markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Geared machine head tuners with amber buttons

  • Leopardwood & Maple Signature Headplate

  • MiSi, LR Baggs undersaddle pickup & volume control

Hand-crafted in the USA by Gordon & Char Mayer. Each instrument is numbered & signed.


Wood Grade: Specialty
Wood Availability: Sorry, this wood is no longer available.

Cascade Series Wood Cascade Series Wood


Gallery Photos (completed instrument)



Full Front

Build Schedule





Feb 28

bend sides, glue in neck block


Feb 28

glue in tail block


Mar 8

rout & glue-in end graft, kerf top edge, kerf bottom edge, brace back


Mar 10

brace top, glue back onto sides


Mar 10

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Mar 11

clean up body, rout dovetail, drill tuner holes, glue fretboard onto neck, rout binding channels, glue in top binding


Mar 14

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Mar 15

prep for finish, tape off for spraying


Mar 16

fill pores twice


Mar 22

first coat of poly topcoat


Mar 23

second coat of poly topcoat


Mar 24

sand & buff finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Mar 28

glue on bridge


Mar 29

make saddle, (put in pickup, if any), cut nut, final fretwork, put in tuners, put on strings

Original Wood Set