SOLD Fodera Custom Emperor Bolt-on 5

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Growling Woods, Jan 6, 2021.


  1. Growling Woods

    Growling Woods Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2020
    Portland, OR
    Price:
    5350
    Strings:
    5
    Location:
    Oregon
    Country:
    United States
    - 34" scale
    - Alder body
    - Birdseye maple board
    - Flame maple top
    - Gaboon Ebony headstock cap
    - Bartolini pickups
    - Aguilar OBP-3
    - Bridge spacing is adjustable 18-19mm (maybe a bit more on either side of that)
    - Nut width is 4 cm from center of B to center of G
    - Comes with non-original hard case

    This is a honey of a bass. Incredibly lively and resonant. Set up for a very light touch. Huge thump factor, incredibly sweet singing highs and the lowest action and best playability of any bass I’ve ever owned. I could regret this, but I just may not be a maple board guy. I prefer darker, woolier tones.

    Even so, this is a hard one to let go. It is a well-rounded, perfected, variation on the classic alder body/maple board bolt-on bass. I can’t imagine a better example of such a bass. The only things I'd change about it might be to get a 4 band preamp and maybe swap the knobs for maple ones with ebony caps to tie the look of the ebony headstock in with the blonde body better. I’m not knowledgeable about these particular Bartolinis, but they seem a great fit for this bass.

    This bass isn't mint. See photos for evidence of wear/cosmetic flaws. I tried to show everything.

    Weighs 10.0 lbs, is perfectly balanced and surprisingly comfortable on the shoulder. I like duostraps to distribute the weight of basses evenly to both shoulders and will include one if you'd want to try it. Just remind me.

    At this price, I'd ask another $150 for fully insured shipping.

    I only have so much positive feedback on TB, since I haven't been here terribly long, but also have lots of positive feedback on ebay and some on Reverb, as well. Let me know if you want links to those accounts or to speak directly, video chat, etc.

    Thanks for looking.
     

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    Last edited: Jan 18, 2021
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  2. bassnote6

    bassnote6 Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2002
    SYRACUSE NEW YORK
    Endorsing Artist:MTD Basses
    Maple board and the older style Bartolini pickups. Im in love. Please someone buy me bass. Wow
     
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  3. Sonstarbass

    Sonstarbass

    Dec 8, 2018
    These Basses sound killer with the old haz lab pre with the Bartolini
     
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  4. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Haz or Aguilar? The original posting says Aguilar.
     
  5. Growling Woods

    Growling Woods Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2020
    Portland, OR
    It's currently equipped with the Aguilar preamp. I bet the Haz sounds great, though.
     
  6. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Do you have the Haz preamp?
     
  7. Growling Woods

    Growling Woods Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2020
    Portland, OR
    Sorry, no.
     
  8. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    You'd be better to keep it and swap the preamp back to a Haz or something similar. Those old Foderas with those Barts are really special, and harder and harder to find. What a beauty.
     
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  9. Growling Woods

    Growling Woods Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2020
    Portland, OR
    Thank you emjazz, it really is a special bass. I know everybody says that, but it has to be true sometimes! I'm really a romantic when it comes to musical instruments and I just feel like this one is supposed to be paired up with somebody else, and I'm okay with that.
     
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  10. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    That I can totally understand. It's not my thing either, but someone is going to be it's forever home and give it a lot of love. Not easy letting those special ones go, but it always leads to something better for YOU. Good luck!
     
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  11. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Howell, Michigan
    What year was the bass built , serial number?
     
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  12. Growling Woods

    Growling Woods Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2020
    Portland, OR
    The previous owner told me it was made around the year 2000. Sorry not to know the exact date. Let me know if you'd like me to email Fodera and ask. The serial number is C5B1733B.
     
  13. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Howell, Michigan
    Thanks for the info and I’ll check in .
    This would be my 5th or 6th Fodera.
     
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  14. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Howell, Michigan
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  15. Growling Woods

    Growling Woods Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2020
    Portland, OR
    Strange. I didn't think of this top as spalted. I also figured the pickups were original, but it appears they weren't.
     
  16. Growling Woods

    Growling Woods Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2020
    Portland, OR
    In other news, I just accepted an offer on this bass. Thanks everyone. Happy playing.
     
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  17. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Congrats! Beautiful bass.
     
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  18. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Howell, Michigan
    I think you’re correct , nothing about that top looks salted.
     
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