" I must say, pictures do not do it justice. The black and white ebony is beautiful and the one-piece sitka spruce is definitely a step up in appearance and is unusual. Of course, Larry’s inlay work is impeccable, gorgeous, and worth every penny- incredible detail; what an artist and a rightful legend!. I absolutely love the tone and the musicality of 6 strings- it adds so much to the sound, and is quite easy to strum. This will undoubtedly become my favorite instrument. As with the resonator you made for me previously, a pleasure to work with you Cary! Your attention to detail and willingness to work with the customer is a valued quality I really appreciate. "

- Leo T.


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Scheduled Start Date: Feb 13, 2020
Completed: Mar 06, 2020

  • Black & White Ebony back & sides

  • Bearclaw Sitka Spruce top

  • Ebony body binding with Abalone purfling on top

  • Abalone rosette

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Ebony binding & Special Inlay markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Peghed brand geared tuners

  • Custom Signature Headplate

  • K&K Twin Spot pickup

Hand-crafted in the USA by Cary Kelly. Each instrument is numbered & signed.


Wood Grade: Specialty
Wood Availability: This wood is temporarily available. Quantity is very limited.

Cascade Series Wood Cascade Series Wood


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CWD: #2617

Sample of a Six-String Tenor. This one features inlay work by Larry Robinson.

Build Schedule





Feb 12

bend sides, glue in neck block


Feb 13

glue in tail block


Feb 14

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


Feb 21

brace top, glue back onto sides


Feb 24

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Feb 25

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


Feb 26

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Feb 28

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Feb 29

first coat of oil


Mar 2

second coat of oil


Mar 3

third coat of oil


Mar 4

fourth coat of oil


Mar 5

apply lemon oil, glue on bridge


Mar 6

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

Original Wood Set