" The instrument it beautiful. Gorgeous. And it sounds so good! It's got a really nice bright sound that carries. It hasn't fully opened up yet, but that won't be the case for long! It truly is so good looking!! I can't thank you enough.. :):) I am so happy!! The Cherry back is .... Well I get lost looking at it. The cut-away shape is such an added benefit. Certain songs are much easier to play now because the neck seems to be much more open. I'm not hesitating to move up the neck. "

- Liz Z.


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Scheduled Start Date: Oct 29, 2013
Completed: Nov 20, 2013

  • Quilted Cherry back & sides

  • Bearclaw Sitka Spruce top

  • Bloodwood body binding

  • Abalone rosette

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Bloodwood binding & Abalone markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Slotted Headstock with Schertler tuners

  • Ebony & Maple 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: Master
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





Oct 29

bend sides, glue in neck block


Oct 30

glue in tail block


Oct 31

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


Nov 1

brace top, glue back onto sides


Nov 3

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Nov 4

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


Nov 5

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Nov 6

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Nov 12

first coat of oil


Nov 13

second coat of oil


Nov 14

third coat of oil


Nov 18

fourth coat of oil


Nov 19

apply lemon oil, glue on bridge


Nov 20

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

Original Wood Set