fodera & 2 misc
do you think the average player can discern differences between a standard fodera and the artist model?
are you familiar with old school player danny bowens (the bottle, the revolution will not be televised, et al.)?
any upcoming dates or clinics in orlando??
peace and blessings...
Hi. Obviously, I am not Ant. However, Ant will be doing a 3 hour clinic in southern New Jersey on Saturday, April 6. If anyone is interested, I'll be glad to furnish details.
I would venture that many expert players can feel and hear the difference.
I'm familiar with Danny's playing but I don't know him or anything about him other than he's played some good.
I don't have clinics or shows planed for southern Florida.
Yin Yang Standard (my first Fodera)
Yin Yang Deluxe
Monarch Deluxe 4
Monarch Deluxe 4
Emperor Deluxe 5
Matt Garrison Standard
Plus I've played examples of all of the standards. I still own the YYD and MGS. I have a pair of Monarch 5 Elites in production. There are four different "standards" right now - Ying Yang, Monarch 4, Emperor 5, and Matt Garrison. The first 3 are bolt-on necks, the MGS is neck-through. The first three have the standard Pope preamp, the MGS has the custom Pope - so the MGS is kind of a different beast (and the price reflects it).
imho the standards are 95+% of the customs without the wait or price. They really are that good - fit and finish is superb as is tone and playability. I call them a "gateway drug" though. Once you play one you start thinking bad thoughts about customs. In my case I wanted a chambered body and really like either the dovetail or neck-through, so I spent the $$$ on customs.
As for "average player" telling the difference - depends on the player. Some might be able to tell the difference but might not care (due to price differences), others might not be able to notice a difference beyond the obvious construction differences.
Personally, I've owned most every nice bass out there, and the only things I now own and regularly gig are Fodera and a Rob Allen fretless (plus I have a Lull for gigs that demand a "traditional" look). All the other ones are gone. ymmv
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