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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KingRazor, Apr 9, 2012.
These two brands seem pretty similar. What would you say are the main differences between the two?
I personally like the playability and tone way better on the Fodera.
Where would you get the idea that they are similar?
F Basses, generally, are geared to be jazz basses on steroids, with almost all of them having ash bodies, maple necks and boards, the same body shape (for fretteds), and proprietary electronics/pickups. The cost of a "standard" F Bass is quite reasonable, but options that go out of the ordinary are usually very costly; this is likely to sway buyers into sticking with the known formula that works so well.
Fodera offers a wide range of body shapes, pickups, electronics, spacings, woods, and just about everything else. There are multiple Fodera "sounds," and even then I wouldn't count on any particular Fodera having that sound as each bass is so customizable.
Fodera is more about giving the customer exactly what they want. F Bass is more about doing one specific thing extremely well.
Agreed 95%, I'm not sure if the cost of an F-Bass is "quite reasonable."
Ford?!? Respectfully disagree.
Well, Ford Mustang Roush
Not sure what an unmodified 5-string F goes for nowadays, but they used to be at around high $2k/low $3k back when I was looking, which I consider reasonable for a handmade bass. They could be crazy amounts more now for all I know though.
Yeah, I'm not seeing it honestly.
And I didn't know most of that, which is why I asked. Thanks!
The reason I compared the two is because they're both "boutique", and because some of the Fodera models like kind of like F bass models.
Never heard or played an FBass that I didn't love.
Never heard or played a Fodera that moved me.
I am not saying either isn't superbly crafted and yes Fodera offers many more options but the FBass always were almost impossible to put down IMO.
An Fbass is something you would actually take to a gig.
The both start with F. Thats about as similar as they are.
Nothing personal but IMHO i favor the F Bass just a tad more....
Whenever I think of FBass, I always automatically think of Alain Caron...
Absurd. The F Bass build quality is equal to that of Fodera, and at a lower price point. They are, however, very different basses. F Basses typically have a more aggressive, throaty voice (ala a J on steroids as Bryan said), rich in the low mids. Certainly, wood choice will make a difference (if you're a believer in that) but, generally speaking, I would characterize Foderas as being a little more reserved, perhaps more even across the spectrum.
More on this when I get my mahogany/koa/ebony Viceroy, which I'm thinking will be more mid-focused than my walnut/maple/ebony Emperor.
Whichever brand you buy, you will have a first-rate, premium instrument.
My Fodera is the only bass I play in my trio.
Only because you have you have a matching cap to go with the bass!