" I'm thanking all of you for what you built for me. This instrument is a pleasure to look at and hold in my hands. So much detail in the grain of the wood. It feels good as you hold it to play and turn it around to look at it. Like it's been there a long time. It's voice has changed so much in just a couple of hours. I'm anxious for what's to come. I will appreciate your skills and effort for a long time with this instrument. Thank you all very much!"

- Toby K.


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Scheduled Start Date: Jan 09, 2013
Completed: Jan 31, 2013

  • Master Grade Koa top, back & sides

  • Bloodwood body binding with Abalone purfling on top

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Bloodwood binding & Abalone markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Peghed brand geared tuners

  • Ebony & Maple Signature Headplate

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


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


Gallery Photos (completed instrument)



Full Front

Build Schedule





Jan 9

bend sides, glue in neck block


Jan 10

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


Jan 13

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


Jan 14

brace top, glue back onto sides


Jan 15

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Jan 16

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


Jan 21

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Jan 22

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Jan 23

first coat of oil


Jan 24

second coat of oil


Jan 28

third coat of oil


Jan 29

fourth coat of oil


Jan 30

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


Jan 31

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

Original Wood Set