No longer available 2012 Fodera Emperor 5 Standard - Looks great & sounds huge.

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Soundworks, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. Soundworks

    Soundworks Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 12, 2012
    Santa Cruz Mountains
    Letting this one go to generate funds for my custom order.

    The neck on this one is special -- flatter and faster than other Standards I've owned!

    Please send all questions and trade offers by PM.
    (I will not do business with TBers who ignore this request. Pls don't troll.)

    Condition: 9/10
    Pretty awesome -- feels like a new instrument. There's one pencil tip impression on the back of the upper horn and some tarnish/wear on the hardware commensurate with it's age.

    Weight: 10 lb 5.5 oz. on my postal scale.

    (International buyers would have to arrange for a conus buddy to take receipt.)

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    This Emperor 5 Standard is an amazing value. Standard's are Fodera's "Gateway Drug" because they put a Fodera experience in your hands at a fraction of the price of a custom. New this Standard went for $5850. Pick it up here for more than $1500 off new!

    The aged woods (including old growth Pau Ferro) and the workmanship are top of the line.

    Here's what Fodera has to say about it:

    • Medium weight Ash body
    • Quarter-sawn Hard Rock Maple Neck/ Pau Ferro FB
    • 5A Flame Maple Top
    • Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil Pickups
    • Fodera / Pope 3-Band Standard Preamp
    • 34 inch scale, 24 large frets, 19.0mm spacing
    • Gold Fodera 19.0mm Standard Bridge
    Emperor 5 Standard
    The Emperor Standard features blends the aesthetics, tone, playability and pro-player reliability bass players have come to expect from Fodera. By building just one configuration, with no options, we are able to offer the same legendary Fodera quality of our custom instruments at a very competitive price point. Based on our acclaimed Monarch Standard, the Emperor Standard was designed using a combination of tone-woods that works beautifully on virtually any gig and playing situation with the added range of a tight and responsible low-b and our ergonomic Emperor body shape. Hand-selected, medium weight Ash bodies with 5A Flame Maple tops matched with our incredibly stable, Quarter-sawn Hard Rock Maple necks with Pau Ferro fingerboards, delivers deep, tight lows, transparent mids and just enough top-end to make for an incredibly balanced sonic palette. It also offers a 24-fret PLEK’d compound-radius fingerboard providing the effortless playability Fodera has become known for as well as the powerful sustain and resonance from our fully adjustable, custom designed, bell-brass bridge.

    The Emperor Standard features a set of our Fodera/Duncan dual-coil pickups and the Fodera/Pope Standard Preamp with 3-band EQ. Designed in collaboration with Seymour Duncan, our passive Dual Coil pickups were designed to provide a punchy and focused tone with a natural and smooth upper midrange. Compared to an active soapbar style pickup, the tone is warmer and more organic. Wired in parallel, these pickups offer a noise-free single coil sound with added body and weight yet come with the added flexibility of full single-coil operation providing the snap, warmth, and mid-range punch of classic single-coil Jazz Bass pickups. Designed for optimal performance, our 3-band Fodera / Pope preamp offers an incredibly low noise flow, a very musical sounding EQ, and active / passive operation for the utmost reliability and flexibility whether you’re on stage or in the studio. Together, these electronics let you tailor your tone, from deep and round to bright and punchy and everything in between.

    Every Emperor Standard is hand-crafted right here in our Brooklyn, New York shop alongside our custom instruments by the very same people, using the same tools and materials as our Custom basses.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2017
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  2. moon-bass

    moon-bass They call me El Jefe Supporting Member

    May 10, 2004
    USA, New Orleans
    I have played 4 standards - all of them had a pencil tip impression on the upper horn in about the same place. Great price on this - glwts!!
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  3. Soundworks

    Soundworks Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 12, 2012
    Santa Cruz Mountains
    If you have any doubt that these E5S's rock, check out this video (keeping up with a "big band") which I feel captures the flexibility and tonal character of the wood combo:

    (You can scroll back to the beginning of the clip to hear long upper register ambient intro thingy.)
  4. Gualo


    Dec 9, 2005
    Endorsing Artist: Fender Mexico, Swr Amps, Jimmy Wess Strings
  5. Soundworks

    Soundworks Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 12, 2012
    Santa Cruz Mountains
    Just used this one on a session tonight. Too awesome. Decided to keep it! :)
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