" My wife often listens to me play, and without having any idea what instrument's actually in my hands, when it's No. 865 she'll say, ‘That's the Mya-Moe, isn't it? It sounds really, really nice.’ And I couldn't agree more. Of all of the instruments I own, No. 865 is the only one that feels as if it's actually part of me. I don't ‘play’ the 'uke when I perform. At the risk of sounding like Baba Ram Dass or Philip Toshio Sudo, ‘the 'uke and I are one.’"

- Rob S.


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Scheduled Start Date: Sep 25, 2012
Completed: Nov 01, 2012

  • Figured Mahogany top, back & sides

  • Maple body binding

  • Abalone rosette

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Maple binding & Abalone markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Peghed brand geared tuners

  • Custom Signature Headplate

  • K&K Twin Spot pickup

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


Wood Grade: Classic
Wood Availability: This wood species is available. Specific wood sets vary.

Cascade Series Wood Cascade Series Wood


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Build Schedule





Sep 24

bend sides, glue in neck block


Sep 25

glue in tail block


Oct 10

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


Oct 11

brace top, glue back onto sides


Oct 16

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Oct 17

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


Oct 18

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Oct 22

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Oct 23

first coat of oil


Oct 24

second coat of oil


Oct 29

third coat of oil


Oct 30

fourth coat of oil


Oct 31

apply lemon oil, glue on bridge


Nov 1

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

Original Wood Set