Earth-Friendly Instruments and Woods
I have decided to take a break from instrument building. Please check
back if you are interested in ordering. Thanks, Dave.
"The bass that Dave Maize made for me is the easiest to play and best sounding acoustic instrument I've ever owned."
-- Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
Right - Grateful Dead 1994 acoustic set featuring Phil Lesh playing a Dave Maize 5 string bass. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg)
"It's great to pick up an acoustic bass guitar and have it sound truly wonderful."
-- Jack Casady (Hot Tuna)
Acoustic Bass Guitar Criteria
As unique in their own way as my design, the materials that go together to produce my acoustic guitars and basses are truly special. Most of my instruments utilize woods which I have milled from native trees including figured Black Walnut, Sycamore, Black Locust, and Incense Cedar. Most of these were destined for land fills or wood stoves. Other native hardwoods which I use are Bay Laurel (Myrtlewood), Bigleaf Maple, and Desert Ironwood. Soundboards are commonly made from Redwood, Western Red Cedar and Port Orford Cedar, all of which are reclaimed. Having the capability to mill my own woods allows me to carefully choose how I will cut a log to optimize figure, grain orientation, and color, all of which help to produce a high quality instrument.
Four String Bass fretless bass - left
walnut body and redwood top. Phenolic fingerboard.
Five String Bass with High C String - right
|Neck width at nut:||1 3/4"|
|Body length:||21 1/4"|
|Body width:||18 1/8"|
|Body depth:||5 3/4"|
|Total length:||49 1/2"|