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Fodera Monarch P

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nonohmic, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Where is the talk on this incoming gem?! Search function reveals nothing.

    Monarch P

    To me this looks like the perfect blend of simplicity and playability. The video alone has got me wanting to start saving....the price is doable. Not cheap, but certainly doable!

  2. I like it alot! But I would have wished the "real Butterfly" on this one?
    iwearpumas likes this.
  3. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    I'm looking forward to the 'you could get 3 MIA P's for that price'.
  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    God bless you guys that would spend that kinda coin for a bass!
    brendanbassix, fender68 and DirtyDuke like this.
  5. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    It is indeed beautiful.
    Edit: Got to love marketing: "Priced at $3,995 and built by the same people, in the same shop, using the same methods as our fully Custom instruments makes the Monarch-P an incredible value."

    No, it's not INCREDIBLE, it is a fully fathomable and believable value. A beautiful $3,995 passive P-bass :).
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016
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  6. Icculus


    Jul 29, 2010
    Brotherly Love
    1 preowned near-mint Mike Lull P4
    1 Bluesman Vintage P
    1 MIA Precision

    I'd love to try that thing out tho!
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    8 used? :cool:

    Seriously what's the price on the Fodera and does it come in a 5?
  8. Icculus


    Jul 29, 2010
    Brotherly Love
    $3995 and I don't believe so.
  9. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Excellent P bass!! I would like to order a five string version of that bass with a single dual coil SD pickup (at the lower p pickup location) if it's possible at all. I'll ask Jason ( @Just Thumpin' ) about that, I guess.
  10. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    It's really nice looking and sounding, but some small part of me thinks it sort of defeats the point of a P bass
  11. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I played one at NAMM - it played like a Fodera, sounded like a P-bass. If that's what you want, then this is your bass.

    And the butterfly - that was explained to me by one of the Fodera guys. The Abalone inlay added about $250 to the cost to bass (not the material, but the species export license) - removing that one bit allowed them to keep the price down. The knobs would also be bigger than shown in the photos - and the body would be routed to allow a user to add a bigger preamp later if they like (I'm guessing they are using the same body routing jigs for this as their higher-end monarch standards). Really, if you put a bit of time into one of these, you could have a YY standard for a fraction of the price. Pretty cool.
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  12. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    There's prob a surprisingly sizeable market for this. Which is I guess why they came up with it.
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  13. Daft question how close would a Precision with the same pickup as this Fodera sound would they be similar?
  14. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    That - and I think they wanted to compete with some lower-cost brands, to create and "Entry Level" Fodera - which is STILL made in the USA, by hand, out top-quality materials... so, one could argue it's a no-brainer.
  15. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I should think. But I assure you - it would NOT play the same!
  16. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Right..so it's like the ultimate players P. I think that's pretty darn cool tbh.
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  17. Facebook user

    Facebook user

    Feb 14, 2016
    Nice, can I get one in Pelham blue?
  18. Anachronism

    Anachronism Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    Looks like a very nice bass for those who can afford it.
    Charlzm likes this.
  19. BadBobbyH


    Aug 27, 2015
    Omaha NE
    You could get like 30 used squier precisions a for that price...
    dinodino, fender68, Charlzm and 4 others like this.
  20. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I like it. I bet it plays like buttah!

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