So, I've been in possession of my brand new Fodera Monarch for a little over a week now and I'm ready to present it to the world! First of all, ever since I played my first fodera about 4 years ago I've been wanting one of my own but never been able to afford one. Fast forward 3 years and I'm in the US Air Force band and I get the chance to pick any bass I want as my main axe for the gig paid for by the air force, so naturally I picked up a fodera (YYS, thank you USA tax payers!) I became so enamored that I had to have one for myself (yes i get to play the YYS all day every day, but I can't take it out on private gigs, only air force gigs). Here's where Fodera REALLY shines. They've always made fantastic instruments, and they seem to get better and better, but their customer service is second to none. They say that it takes about 40 total man hours to make a fodera, I think Jason spent that much time alone between phone calls and emails just talking specs and details (I still call and email even after the bass has been delivered, and he still answers the phone!) I'm probably not considered low maintenance when it comes to a custom order, I really obsessed over a lot of little details and Jason took every concern and details about the bass seriously and got second opinions when he wasn't sure. He went beyond the call of duty and if it's any consolation to you Jason, it was worth every phone call, email, and nitpicking because it really is everything we talked about, I mean everything. Everything I asked for was delivered, 26 frets that feel comfortable, cut away is perfect, the tone is bright and the low end is warm and smooth. And they matched my YYS neck shape exactly the same for this bass (probably my biggest concern, and I couldn't be happier) And it looks gorgeous!