" Resonator came today. Decided to check it out and have been playing it for about 1-1/2 hours. Unfortunately I had to force myself to put it down and walk away to get some work done :( It's a different sound than I am used but I like the brightness, volume and unique sound. Looking forward to getting acquainted with it and determining what things to play on it. Thanks so much for making it for me. It is a beautiful instrument."

- Karen S.


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Scheduled Start Date: Oct 22, 2012
Completed: Nov 26, 2012

  • Quilted Maple top, back & sides

  • Maple & Walnut Rope body binding

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Ebony binding & Abalone markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Slotted Headstock with Schertler tuners

  • Leopardwood & Maple Signature Headplate

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


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

Cascade Series Wood Cascade Series Wood


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Quilted Maple

Tenor Cutaway Resonator

Build Schedule





Oct 22

bend sides, glue in neck block


Oct 22

glue in tail block, rout sound ports in top, install soundwell


Oct 24

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


Oct 30

brace top, glue back onto sides


Oct 30

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Oct 31

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


Nov 1

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Nov 12

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Nov 13

first coat of oil


Nov 14

second coat of oil


Nov 19

third coat of oil


Nov 20

fourth coat of oil


Nov 21

apply lemon oil, setup cone & biscuit bridge (& pickup, if any)


Nov 26

final fretwork, cut nut, put in tuners, put on strings

Original Wood Set