" I thought you might be interested in a show I did for Late Junction on BBC Radio 3, broadcast on New Year's Day. The uke will also be on a track on the new Seasick Steve record, to be released in the spring on Jack White's label. I also got to play it at a Robyn Hitchcock show. Hopefully will get the audio of that too. So all in all thoroughly enjoying playing my sweet little friend! Causes a stir wherever it goes :-)"

- John Paul Jones


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Scheduled Start Date: Sep 30, 2011
Completed: Oct 25, 2011

  • Master Grade Chocolate Heart Myrtle top, back & sides

  • Koa body binding with Abalone purfling on top

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Ebony fretboard with Pearl markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Geared machine head tuners with amber buttons

  • Leopardwood & Maple Signature Headplate

  • Schatten Designs Biscuit Bridge 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


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Build Schedule





Sep 28

bend sides, glue in neck block


Sep 29

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


Oct 2

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


Oct 3

brace top, glue back onto sides


Oct 9

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Oct 10

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


Oct 11

shape neck, glue in back binding


Oct 17

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Oct 18

first coat of oil


Oct 19

second coat of oil


Oct 20

third coat of oil


Oct 23

fourth coat of oil


Oct 25

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


Oct 25

cut nut, put in tuners, put on strings