" I LOVE my new sycamore resonator ukulele. I was on extended business travel, and the box waited for me here in the office, but the wait is over.

Finally, I've given it some air, played it many times, gotten the feel for it, and I am thrilled. I love the volume of the resonator, its unique sound, and the long sustain. The flourocarbon strings are a little slippery, but now that I am getting used to them, I find the ukulele allows me play to the best of my ability.

Thank you so much!"

- Jim G.


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Scheduled Start Date: Jun 26, 2012
Completed: Jul 30, 2012

  • Figured Sycamore top, back & sides

  • Koa body binding

  • Hand-rubbed oil finish

  • Radiused Ebony fretboard with Koa binding & Abalone markers

  • Mahogany neck

  • Geared machine head tuners with amber buttons

  • Leopardwood & Maple Signature Headplate

Hand-crafted in the USA by Gordon & Char Mayer and Aaron Keim. 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


Gallery Photos (completed instrument)



Full Front

Build Schedule





Jun 26

bend sides, glue in neck block


Jun 28

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


Jun 28

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


Jul 2

brace top, glue back onto sides


Jul 12

glue top onto sides, prep fretboard & neck


Jul 13

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


Jul 16

shape neck, dress fret ends, glue in back binding


Jul 17

prep for finish, glue neck/fretboard onto body


Jul 18

first coat of oil


Jul 19

second coat of oil


Jul 23

third coat of oil


Jul 24

fourth coat of oil


Jul 25

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


Jul 30

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

Original Wood Set