Hey there Anthony -- thanks so much for the kind words. I'll trade you 95% of my Fodera knowledge for 5% of your playing skill! LOL.
Anyway, Bassman, the Monarch Standards only come in really three options -- unless you want to build a Custom Monarch.
1. Yin Yang Standard -- Monarch shaped with the Yin Yang design on the front of the instrument. Alder body and Ebony FB with EMG P/J PUP's. Very bright and articulate sounding with a rich, deep low end.
2. Monarch 4 Standard -- Swamp Ash body with a Pau Ferro FB, bi-color Maple top and Fodera Dual Coil Pickups. This was designed to be a true all-around instrument. Very well-balanced tonally. Meant to be able to be used on any gig.
3. Monarch 4 Standard Special -- Part of a very small run of just 10 instruments that trade the M4S's Pau Ferro FB for Indian Rosewood and bi-color Maple top for Port Orford Cedar. Similar tonally to the M4S with a bit more warmth to the overall tone coming from the Indian Rosewood FB. We only have two or three of these available.
Finally, all of our instruments have a Fodera / Pope preamp in them with Active / Passive options and three band active tone control.
I hope that this helps. You can always feel free to call the shop or continue this offline with me at: email@example.com
Originally Posted by Bassman197835
I called you guys the last week and realized you were prob out for the holiday. Im wondering about the body wood choice.. It looks like its available in Mahogany,Walnut, Ash or Alder.? Im certain the M4 I played was Swamp Ash with Maple top and the Aged Ferro fingerboard. One main! thing I wanna get away from is the weight of the Warwick Bubinga. So I figured the Swamp Ash would be a good choice? . Maybe someone can help me with that. Just unsure if I'll see a huge dif between the body woods. Im also not clear on the dif in the Elite series. I def! want that Pope pre! Active to Passive is a big! deal for me. I need! that option. Ive ran into a few! situations where some did not! like my one dimensional Warwick tone. One thing I find funny is i read the Monarchs have been around since the 80's. But I cant find an older model anywhere! for sale. Guess you dont sale your Fodera do ya lol. I do have a budget issue after all this theft. But I wanna get this rolling as soon as possible. Maybe I can set a day to talk to you guys about some of the options? And maybe someone can help me choose a body wood. Advice appreciated Ant. I just dont have the option of going to Brooklyn from SD when Im in the middle of a move to Bama..