" Hey Team, just wanted to send you more thanks and appreciation for all the hard work, care and love that you put into Beatrice. She is absolutely amazing. My neighbors love her too. I've noticed that they are spending more time in their backyards in the evenings. Maybe they are just doing more yard work, but I like to tell myself they are coming out to hear the lovely sounds of Bea."

- Capt. Weird Beard


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Scheduled Start Date: Jun 13, 2012
Completed: Jul 16, 2012

  • Master Grade Koa top, back & sides

  • Koa body binding

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Ebony binding & 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: Specialty
Wood Availability: This wood species is available. Specific wood sets vary.


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Master Grade Koa

Tenor Resonator

Build Schedule





Jun 13

bend sides, glue in neck block


Jun 13

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


Jun 18

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


Jun 19

brace top, glue back onto sides


Jun 20

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Jun 21

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


Jul 19

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Jun 26

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Jun 27

first coat of oil


Jun 28

second coat of oil


Jul 2

third coat of oil


Jul 12

fourth coat of oil


Jul 13

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


Jul 16

final fretwork, cut nut, put in tuners, put on strings

Original Wood Set