What bass is this? (Mark Kelley of The Roots)

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  1. cream1n

    cream1n

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  2. Timmah

    Timmah

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    Fodera. Looks like an emperor 5.
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Let's see - it's got a butterfly on the headstock ... what could it possibly be?
  4. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Emperor 5 Standard.
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  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Bingo.
  7. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    It is probably one of those cheap Fodera knock offs. ;)
  8. Just Thumpin'

    Just Thumpin' Gold Supporting Member

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    Correct. Mark plays the Emperor 5 Standard.

    Cheers,

    J

  9. adamsmatthewj

    adamsmatthewj Supporting Member

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    Ya know, I kinda liked it better when he played a Warwick Star 5string as his main fretted. Seemed like such an awesome choice for a hip hop group!
    I believe he's playin a Ken Smith 5 now too

    Luv dem ROOTS!
  10. groooooove

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    i've seen him several times with the roots.. each time a different instrument, always into an SVT. maybe that was just the venue's backline though.

    never saw him use a fodera, actually. looks nice though!
  11. KingRazor

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  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

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    I agree 1000%. Unexpected!


    A friend of mine wanted to see them live two years ago, so I tagged along not knowing what to expect. I knew they were good, but wasn't very familiar with them. I'm so glad I went, because they absolutely KILLED live.
  13. adamsmatthewj

    adamsmatthewj Supporting Member

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    Yeah man! Those are amazing basses. That's actually his signature edition OBS6 it's sweet. 30" scale, Nordstrands, sweet body shape. Comes in a 5er too.

    His personal prototype even has a vintage Tube Screamer onboard (it's those little white knobs next to the pickguard)

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