" Hi Cary, I love my fiddleback maple ukulele! The bright tone is exactly what I wanted. What I especially love about my new ukulele is how easy it is to play!  I think about playing my new ukulele when I’m not playing it! Thank you so much for making it… I also have to let you know how easy the b-flat chord is. I get a nice clear tone without even thinking about my hand position. Another thing I noticed is that I don’t get a trigger finger in a difficult section of Legacy Ukulele Ensemble music. Thanks so much for creating such a beautiful ukulele! KIA ORA! "

- Val S.


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Scheduled Start Date: Dec 12, 2022
Completed: Feb 02, 2023

  • Fiddleback Maple back & sides

  • Sitka Spruce top

  • Bloodwood body binding

  • Bloodwood rosette

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Maple fretboard with Bloodwood binding & Abalone markers

  • Port Orford Cedar neck

  • Peghed brand geared tuners

  • Custom 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


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Build Schedule





Dec 15

bend sides, glue in neck block


Dec 16

glue in tail block


Dec 19

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


Jan 10

brace top, glue back onto sides


Jan 12

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Jan 20

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 23

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Jan 24

first coat of oil


Jan 25

second coat of oil


Jan 26

third coat of oil


Jan 27

fourth coat of oil


Jan 30

apply lemon oil, glue on bridge


Feb 1

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

Original Wood Set