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Photos: Jean Fitzgerald
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"I was at guitar camp last weekend and the Maya got lots of use, as usual...  I also did a gig with a blues guitarist this week, the sound man gave me a wonderful compliment about the Maya and my playing: “you could build a house on the tone of that bass!”

 

Thank you for such a special instrument! 

 

Warmly,

Greg

Greg-Franklin with the Maya bass and Band, at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur-peace-Ranch in 2017

Greg Franklin with band, at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch , August 2017

The Maya acoustic bass is very simply based on a proportionate design relative to the acoustic guitar. 

 

  • By taking the bass's scale length of 34 inches, and dividing it by the guitar's 25.5 inches scale length, one gets the resulting musical ratio of 4/3 (or 1.333 ).

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  • Thus, the Maya's body length is 26" compared to the 19.5 " industry standard.

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  • Since the wood suppliers don't offer much -longer- alternatives...Most acoustic bass are usually kept guitar sized.

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  • By making it a 12-fret to body instrument, it miraculously fits a Gator semi-hard gig-bag, and/or can be delivered in a custom flight case too.

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Its longer wood is supplied by Roy Tonewoods, which André have been working with for several years.

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Boxing-up the original Maya bass in 2015