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Amazing older Fodera 6 on the Bay!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by emjazz, Jul 25, 2005.


  1. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
  2. phxlbrmpf

    phxlbrmpf

    Dec 27, 2002
    Germany
    Does anyone else think this looks strikingly like a Ken Smith? Also, was this a regular Fodera model in the eighties?
     
  3. Juneau

    Juneau

    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    yeah I had to do a double take, I thought it was a smith at first too.

    Not a fan of the shape at all, but to each their own :)
     
  4. Warwickman0810

    Warwickman0810

    Mar 29, 2005
    London, UK
    fantastic bass and does look a bit like a Ken Smith though i dont think that XLR jacks are a common feature on KS (to be honest i dont really know)...
     
  5. Juneau

    Juneau

    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Oh, its deffinantly a Fodera (see butterfly on headstock), it just has a Ken Smith sorta style.
     
  6. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Remeber that Vinny Fodera helped build a lot of the early Ken Smith basses before he started his own company. Also, the xlr is not a usual option. If you read up on the bass at the site it explains that Jim Williams made a custom preamp for the bass with the option of running the onboard preamp into an external power supply for true audiophile quality, ala Alembic Series II electronics. It also has a 2 band semi parametric eq. Sounds like a very special bass.
     
  7. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    That shape is the older AJ contrabass model.
     
  8. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Vinnie Fodera was an "Employee" and/or sub-contractor (tax codes) From 1980-1985. KSB was started in 1978. Let's keep our eye on the Ball here. Thx.......... Ken
     
  9. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Thanks for the corretion Ken.
     
  10. Funky Tune

    Funky Tune

    Apr 28, 2005
    Puerto Rico
    looks like a Ken Smith mix with Carvin :cool:
     
  11. That is the AJ Contrabass model. I still believe you can get this body style (although the newer shapes are nicer, IMO).
     
  12. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    ever notice how when a bass is over 14 lbs it never gets mentioned ?

    harumph i say !
    sweet bass though
    i played one of those models back in the early '90's i think
    and all i remember is how heavy it was
     
  13. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    that is Morrie Louden's bass. i just saw him last week and he mentioned he was going to sell it. It is a Fodera, no doubt. He loves this bass, the guy is straight up. He was Vegas' very best upright player and he recently moved to NYC. The guy is a MONSTER player, world class.
    This is Fodera's older style, but there is no doubt, it's legit.
     
  14. justateenpoet

    justateenpoet Have you...killed the Venture brothers!?!?

    May 14, 2005
    Connecticut
    Does the left body wing look a lot more narrow than the right one, or is it just me?

    Can't say that I'm a fan of the look, but I'm sure it plays pretty.
     
  15. Beautiful bass, but his grammar/spelling ~ ugh.

    "This bass plays and carries a melodie like no bodies business"

    Ok, I'm a bit anal.
     
  16. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    he's a better player than a speller, apparently...
     
  17. lefty007

    lefty007

    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
  18. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    man, we're just typing fast for the internet, so we can move on to the next thread .. cut us some slack ! besides, I am not from this country. Oh , wait... i am not from this country ;)
     
  19. lefty007

    lefty007

    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    I know Adrian, I was just being a smart ass. . . :cool:

    I'm from Venezuela myself.

    Actually I wasn't really replying to you, but a mister -cough- Smith . . . (with all due respect, of course).
    :eek:

    About the actual threat, I'm with justateenpoet: the upper- body wing looks smaller; different from an AJ Contrabass . . .
     
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Really? Mine isn't that heavy and mine is Ash. As already stated, it's an Anthony Jackson Contrabass. The earliest ones had Bartolini pickups. Mine has Lane Poors and it's fairly old too (~1992 IIRC). I wonder if this one also has a 36" scale?

    The asymmetry of the wings doesn't look as obvious when you hold the bass in playing position. I took mine out along with the MTD 635 tonight. Pretty wild basses, no shrinking violets there.

    http://www.talkbass.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=1190&size=big&password=0&sort=1&cat=500