" These guys really boom! I like the action and my hands move very smoothly on the fretboard and it feels very comfortable. I see what you mean by playability. Intonation is flawless and response rings all the way up the neck. Both instruments have lovely voices. Koa maybe sings a little more (I’m so glad we got it!). It’s very deep, maybe because of the low G resonating, and Myrtle (#2663) is more mellow but has a really nice velvety voice. Both instruments sound as beautiful as they look. Looking forward to these opening up and just getting better and better. Muting is very crisp. Nice percussive snare quality. So in short I’m falling in love... You did such a fantastic job on these! THANK YOU for such a special experience and beautiful work!"

- Nancy G.


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Scheduled Start Date: Nov 23, 2020
Completed: Dec 15, 2020

  • Master Grade Koa top, back & sides

  • Ebony body binding

  • Black wood rosette

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Ebony binding & Abalone markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Peghed brand geared tuners

  • Leopardwood & Cherry Signature Headplate

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


Wood Grade: Specialty
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





Nov 18

bend sides, glue in neck block


Nov 19

glue in tail block


Nov 20

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


Nov 24

brace top, glue back onto sides


Nov 25

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Nov 30

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


Dec 2

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Dec 3

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Dec 4

first coat of oil


Dec 7

second coat of oil


Dec 8

third coat of oil


Dec 9

fourth coat of oil


Dec 10

apply lemon oil, glue on bridge


Dec 15

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

Original Wood Set