" Hi Cary, The Blonde Baritone arrived safely today.  Great packing design for safe shipping.  Thank you so much, it is wonderful. Your craftsmanship is excellent. The sound, looks, feel, and playability of this baritone are equally outstanding. I swear this is the most light weight baritone I have ever played. The Biscuit Ridge Fire POC has a wonderful tone to it.  It pairs well with the sycamore. The tone has great resonance, projection, crispness and warmth.  I really like this baritone and I really enjoy it in reentrant tuning.  It is all had hoped for and then some.  Thank you again, Hodge. "

- Hodge J.


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Scheduled Start Date: Feb 06, 2019
Completed: Feb 28, 2019

  • Figured Sycamore back & sides

  • Biscuit Ridge Fire Port Orford Cedar top

  • Maple body binding

  • Rope rosette

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Maple fretboard with Maple binding & Abalone markers

  • Port Orford Cedar neck

  • Slotted Headstock with Schertler tuners

  • Leopardwood & Maple Signature Headplate

Hand-crafted in the USA by Cary Kelly. 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





Feb 7

bend sides, glue in neck block


Feb 8

glue in tail block


Feb 10

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


Feb 11

brace top, glue back onto sides


Feb 12

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Feb 14

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


Feb 18

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Feb 20

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Feb 20

first coat of oil


Feb 21

second coat of oil


Feb 22

third coat of oil


Feb 25

fourth coat of oil


Feb 26

apply lemon oil, glue on bridge


Feb 27

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

Original Wood Set