" The instrument is quite beautiful to look at.  Everything came together so perfectly. The maple binding really enhances the beauty.  It’s all so perfect! The sound is so pure and rich!  It was so full sounding ! I know that it will continue to improve as time goes by.  That’s so awesome!  The first thing I played was Smoky Mountain Lullabye.  I’m sure you know it.  One of my favorite pieces to play.  Today, my fingers are sore, as I played for quite a long time last night. Thank you all for your time, talent and dedication.  You have given me a gift that I will treasure (and play!) for the rest of my life. "

- Michael F.


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Scheduled Start Date: May 25, 2017
Completed: Aug 31, 2017

  • Curly Koa top, back & sides

  • Maple body binding with Abalone purfling on top

  • Abalone rosette

  • High gloss finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Maple binding & Abalone markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Geared machine head tuners with amber buttons

  • Custom Signature Headplate

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


Gallery Photos (completed instrument)



Full Front

Build Schedule





May 22

bend sides, glue in neck block


May 23

glue in tail block


May 24

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


May 25

brace top, glue back onto sides


May 29

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


May 30

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


May 31

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


prep for finish, tape off for spraying



fill pores



gloss topcoat



buff finish



Aug 23

glue neck/fretboard onto body


Aug 28

glue on bridge


Aug 30

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

Original Wood Set