Earth-Friendly Instruments and Woods

PO Box 2129
Cave Junction OR 97523
Phone: 541-592-4535
dave@maizeguitars.com

Frequently Asked Questions

How do different tonewoods affect the sound of an acoustic bass or guitar (ABG)?
Where can I try out one of your instruments?
Why do you call your instruments environmentally friendly?
How do environmentally friendly guitars sound?
What is the waiting time to get one of your instruments if I order one?
Can you build a custom acoustic bass or guitar?
Do you build only basses?

How do different tonewoods affect the sound of an acoustic bass or guitar?

As with the six string guitar, the sound of the ABG is most influenced by the soundboard, its bracing, thickness and the type of wood used. Cedar and Redwood tend to produce a relatively loud instrument with a warm sound, favoring the lower range of notes while having good harmonics. The spruces, generally speaking can produce a very full bass tone but may take longer to develop its tone after the instrument is finished compared to Cedar or Redwood. Spruce tends to be somewhat less fragile than Cedar or Redwood as well. To a lesser extent, the choice of woods for the back and sides can also affect the overall tone of the ABG. For the most part the denser woods add some brightness to the sound as well as a bit more projection. The less dense woods such as Walnut, Bigleaf Maple, or Bay Laurel are warmer sounding as compared to Granadillo or Katalox.

Where can I try out one of your instruments?

Dave Maize Acoustic Guitars are sold directly from my shop and are not available in music stores or catalogs. If you want to play one you can visit my shop if you’re in the area, catch up with me at one of the guitar shows that I sometimes do or contact me and I will put you in touch with someone in your area who owns one of my instruments. Since you may not be able to play one of my instruments before ordering, there is a three day trial period after receipt in which to return it for a full refund, excluding shipping charges. This policy does not apply to highly customized instruments.

Why do you call your instruments environmentally friendly?

When I began building instruments, I saw that nearly all guitars being made were utilizing traditional tonewoods many of which were endangered or over- utilized, with little thought given to their scarcity or the way in which they were harvested. While the amount of wood used annually by guitarmakers might not compare in quantity to other users, it all adds up and so I decided to seek out alternative tonewoods which might be more abundant than some of the traditional species such as Rosewood or Mahogany.I began experimenting with Walnut, Bay Laurel (Myrtlewood), and Black Locust. In my search I also discovered that some tonewoods that were available from salvage sources or from well managed forest operations which I have incorporated into my instruments.

How do environmentally friendly guitars sound?

The use of environmentally friendly materials doesn’t really affect the sound of the instrument. Many of the woods that I use in my instruments are the same woods used in many guitars (mahogany for blocks,bracing- spruce and redwood). The only difference is that I know where these woods come from and how they were harvested. Several of the "alternative" woods which I have been using for some time such as Walnut, and Bay Laurel (Myrtlewood) are now becoming quite common in factory made and handbuilt guitars While an instrument using environmentally friendly woods may not sound any different, just knowing where the materials come from gives me some kind of satisfaction and hopefully does to the player as well.

What is the waiting time to get one of your instruments if I order one?

I don’t really keep a supply in stock, so at this time the wait is about 3-4 months to get an instrument after the deposit is received. This lead time can increase depending on the backlog of orders .

Can you build a custom acoustic bass or guitar?

Since I’m building my instruments one at a time, it’s quite easy to add custom features: different scale length, left hand configuration, inlays, special woods, etc. I enjoy working with along with a client to develop a personalized and totally special instrument.

Do you build only basses?

No, I've put together a line of steel string acoustic guitars also built with environmentally friendly woods. Click here for more information and pricing.
 
 

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