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SOLD 6500EUR!!! 2015 Fodera Deluxe 5 AJ5 shape 16.5-17.5mm. Warning: sexy buckeye content!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Europe & International' started by giovabass, May 12, 2017.

  1. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Currency (EU and Intl):
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    I'm considering about selling my beloved Fodera 5 to invest the money in house / home studio gear.
    Deluxe 5 model (dovetail neck joint), rare AJ double cut shape.
    Original owner, received the bass from Fodera in summer 2015. Ash body, ebony fb, dovetail 3-piece maple neck, "Presentation Grade" Buckeye top, Duncans duals, latest Pope preamp (see full specs below). With the dovetail and the AJ shaped lower horn you have full, unrestricted access to the last frets.

    I would say the bass is almost mint/new and it just had a full check-up by the Fodera shop in NY on mid May. Always stayed in a non-smoking environment, and it has been well take care of.
    With it I did a 2 months tour in China (summer 2015) but as far as my ability and eye capacity I can't locate any dings, scuffs, etc... I'll let you judge by the photos below taken today, or any additional request you may have.

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    Bass is strung B-G but you can easily restring it E-C if you prefer.
    String spacing is the same as it came shipped from Fodera, 2-3/4" at the bridge center to center B-G = 17.5mm string to string, but can go down to 16.5mm. Nut is a super comfy 45mm.
    Weight is around ~4.3kg ~9.5lbs on my bathroom scale and comes with the original Fodera OHSC, tools and paperwork.

    Like most Foderas, this is really the most bass that human kind can have (or alien kind if you are extraterrestrial, lol); if you know how to use it, you know that playing with the pickups balance, dual/single switch, and the preamp knobs, you basically can get 3 basses in one at once: a 1. 70' jazz bass (single coil), a... 2. huh? Fodera (dual coil), and 3. slightly turning the blend knob toward the bridge pu in dual coil mode, I am able to get a kind-of Ken Smith vibe going on.
    Endless possibilities from the preamp, you can even configure the passive tone and the eq points.

    Bass is actually in my home in Italy, asking price is now only 6500 EUR cash (was 7500) excl. shipping in Europe.
    Remember this is a custom Fodera Deluxe (full access, set-in neck) with a premium, Buckeye "Presentation grade" top (not the "regular" Buckeye top)... at the same price or less than a 5-string bolt-on "Standard" model, and at the fraction of a new "Custom" order. I'll ultimately keep this gem in mint conditions if nobody will take it at this price.

    Sorry no trades, cash sale only.

    Please don't hesitate to ask for any info I may be missing, Thank you!

    Description and specs from the Fodera newborn gallery (Buckeye Burl AJ Contrabass Shape 5 Deluxe):

    This AJ Contrabass-shaped 5-string deluxe was built for a private customer and features an Ash body with an Ebony fingerboard. The tone of this bass sits firmly on the bright end of the spectrum with a powerful, punchy low end and clear, bell-like highs. With extra-narrow 16.5mm string spacing, this bass is well suited to fast finger-style lines and chording comfortably.

    This bass also features a killer Buckeye Burl top containing a wonderful mix of dark and light burl figuring.

    Specs for the Buckeye Burl AJ Contrabass Shape 5 Deluxe:

    Body Woods
    • AJ Contrabass Shape
    • Ash Body
    • No Tone Block
    • Buckeye Burl Top (Solid)

    Neck Woods
    • Ebony Fingerboard
    • 3-pc. Hard Rock Maple Neck
    • Abalone Dot Inlays

    Construction Specs
    • Birth Date - June 2015
    • Dovetail Construction
    • 34" Scale Length
    • 5 String Configuration (16.5mm Spacing)
    --> Despite it's a 16.5mm model, the neck width is 70mm at last fret. This is Fodera default smallest neck; thanks to this, it's set up at full 17.5mm center to center B-G (2-3/4" total, see photos below). Nut width is 1-3/4 (45mm). Weight ~4.3kg (~ 9.5lbs)
    • 24 Frets (Small)

    Electronics Options
    • Fodera / Pope Custom 3-Band Preamp
    • Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil Pickups
    • Emperor Control Layout

    Sound samples recorded straight with no effects thru Apogee Duet Firewire and Logic Pro 9. Strings are brand new D'Addario EXL165 45-125.

    Fingerstyle - 1st half: both pickups dual coil, passive tone rolled off, all flat - 2nd half: bridge pickup dual coil, passive tone rolled off, all flat

    Slap - both pickups single coil, all flat, passive tone full on

    Thank you for watching!
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2018
  2. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm back from NY where I also had the pleasure of visiting the Fodera shop meeting Jason, Phil, and the rest of the gang.
    Guys are super kind and chill and they also did a full check-in to my buckeye AJ5 which is now even more beautiful and shiny than ever:

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  3. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    still available, in like new conditions!
  4. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    price drop, EUR7200!
  5. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    got some interesting trade offers, still available for now!
  6. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Had some very interesting offers but bass is still available, keep them coming!
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  7. dasdabass


    Oct 30, 2014
    fyi your bass is listed as a 4-string under the price
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  8. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks for pointing out, corrected and final price drop to 7000 EUR.
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  9. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Last price reduction 6800EUR cash, please read the updated 1st post! After this I'll just keep the bass.
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  10. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looking for cash only at this point, still available.
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  11. giovabass


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Christmas price 6500EUR, a total steal for this piece of bass. Price is valid for this december unless the EUR vs USD change will drop down... make yourself an amazing christmas present!
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  12. Indeed a rare AJ Double Cut-5...also wow, what a beautiful gem! :)....but unfortunately way above my available budget :)...good luck!
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