" 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 by ordering Master Grade Myrtle

Cascade Series Wood Cascade Series Wood


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Build Schedule





Dec 30

bend sides, glue in neck block


Dec 30

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


Jan 30

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


Jan 30

brace top, glue back onto sides


Jan 30

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Jan 30

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


Jan 30

shape neck, glue in back binding


Aug 23

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Nov 23

first coat of oil


Jan 30

second coat of oil


Jan 30

third coat of oil


May 1

fourth coat of oil


May 1

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


Jan 30

cut nut, put in tuners, put on strings