Earth-Friendly Instruments and Woods

9549 Takilma Rd.
Cave Junction OR 97523
Phone: 541-287-0089

** I have decided to take a break from instrument building, however I am still selling instrument woods which can be seen here. Please check back if you are interested in ordering. Thanks, Dave.

Acoustic Bass Guitars

"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.

Standard Features

  • Black Walnut neck -- with hand rubbed oil finish
  • Adjustable truss rod and steel reinforcement bars
  • Sperzel black locking tuning machines
  • Wood binding and purfling
  • Multiple-ring soundhole rosette
  • High-gloss lacquer finish
  • Brass/black fingerboard edge markers
  • Trem-nut (black self lubricating material)
  • Intonated Phenolic saddle (black)

Four String Bass fretless bass - left

walnut body and redwood top. Phenolic fingerboard.


Scale length: 34"
Neck width at nut: 1 9/16"
Body length: 21 1/4"
Body width: 18 1/8"
Body depth: 5 3/4"
Total length: 48 1/2"

Five String Bass with High C String - right
Bigleaf Maple body and Red Cedar top. Gotoh gold-plated tuners (optional).


Scale length: 34"
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"

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