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Fodera Announces New James Genus Signature Emperor 5 Elite Bass Guitar

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Created alongside world renowned bassist James Genus, the James Genus Signature Emperor is designed to offer players a go-to bass, able to cover a wide variety of styles and tones. It has also been specifically designed with comfort in mind giving players a broken-in and familiar feel right out of the case. Blending features from two of his past Foderas, this signature model is the culmination of many smaller details leading up to a simple yet feature packed bass.

    With its Ash body and Maple tone-block, this bass provides a tight and punchy low-end great for both slap and fingerstyle players. It’s matched to a 3-piece Maple neck capped with an old-growth Pau Ferro fingerboard giving a smooth yet articulate attack and top end. Rounding out the woods is a solid Curly Maple top for a classic look finished in a Vintage Tint. For pickups, a set of Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil pickups were chosen for their growl and vintage correct J-bass tone. These pickups are placed in unique locations that are set to James’ personal taste. Overall the pickups are placed further towards the neck achieving a fuller sounding bridge pickup tone while also providing a deep neck pickup tone. Paired with our Fodera Custom Preamp, this bass can be dialed in for just about every musical setting or situation.

    Comfort, playability, and ergonomics are key features of the James Genus Signature Emperor. To achieve this, the body thickness has been reduced to 1.5″ and the body edges have been greatly rounded over for extra comfort. This helps to reduce the overall weight of the bass and improve its ergonomics. Additionally, the end of the fingerboard has been rounded over to provide extra room and a smoother surface for slapping. For the side dots, extra large Aluminum dot inlays were chosen for their high reflectivity and ease of view when navigating the fingerboard in dim stage lighting. Finally, the bass features a custom thin-and-fast neck profile with a softer volute and rounded fingerboard edges for an incredibly fast and comfortable neck.

    List Price – $9,950

    Exceptional Quality

    • Emperor body shape
    • Ash body, Maple toneblock
    • Curly Maple topwood
    • 3-piece Maple neck w/ Pau Ferro Fingerboard
    • Available in 36″ (James Genus spec) or 34″ scale lengths
    • 24-frets (small) 19.0mm string spacing
    • Mother of Pearl dot inlay w/ Aluminum side dots
    • Modern Wooden Butterfly
    • Vintage Tint finish
    • Fodera / Seymour Duncan Dual Coil pickups
    • Fodera 3-band Custom Preamp
    • CITES free
    • Gold Hardware



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  2. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    i saw james back chris botti and he is one hell of a player. his bass sounded excellent as well
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  3. mrmxyzptlk


    Jul 16, 2008
    If I had an extra 10 grand kicking around...I still wouldn't buy this. Nice looking bass though.
  4. superheavyfunk


    Mar 11, 2013
    While it's a very beautiful instrument, the thing about the specs that really grabs me is:
    Oh, how I wish I could magically do this with all of my basses! It would save me a lot of EQ fiddling.
  5. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    sounds interesting.
    I am curious how the pickup positions and thinner body( which I guess both go towards a deeper voice) will play together. Interesting indeed.
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  6. I'll put on my flame suit, but Fodera is getting a bit...boring.
  7. steubig


    Jul 17, 2001
    locustland, ca
    it’s what james wanted. that would be a plus in my book.
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  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I'm with you
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  9. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    I refuse to buy a Pau Ferro bass.
  10. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Then give me that extra 10k lying around and I will buy it!
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  11. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Killer bassist, and an intriguing bass!
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  12. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    A Pau Ferro Bass?
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  13. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I wonder how heavy this isl.
  14. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Is this the best Fodera for metal? ;)
  15. mrmxyzptlk


    Jul 16, 2008
    *If* I had it. Big "if." :)
  16. bassicg

    bassicg Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2006
    Muskegon, MI
  17. Agreed. and 10k for that? Whaaaat....
  18. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    It's a really classy looking bass.
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  19. Crash 56

    Crash 56

    Mar 13, 2014
    Spokane, Wa.
    I think its beautiful! If I ever have an extra 10K, I will get an Emperor.....
  20. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    Can’t tell much about the tone, but I found this.

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