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Fodera Monarch Trio

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Munjibunga, Jul 27, 2012.


  1. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Well, they came in to Bass San Diego today and they are, in a word, breathtaking. I played only the Deluxe, but George played all three when I was there. I'm going to reserve comment on tonal differences until those with "The Golden Ear" weigh in.

    I will, however comment on the looks of the basses. The tops on the Deluxe (dovetail) and the Bolt-on are nearly identical. You can see the photos here. The top on the Elite was cut from the same blank, but only two of the tops could be matched from facing pieces.

    The quilt figuring on the basses is intense, and the Brazilian rosewood fretboards are spectacular - the wood is over 100 years old. I have to believe Vinny, Joey, Jason and the folks at Fodera went out of their way to make these basses very special.

    I hope one person buys all three of these superb pieces of art - it would be at least a venial sin to split them up.

    Disclaimer: Despite my affiliation with Bass San Diego, I will not benefit in any way from the sale of these basses.
     
  2. Wow! What a dream Trio!! It would be awesome if someone bought all 3!

    Peace,

    T
     
  3. TapyTap

    TapyTap

    Apr 26, 2005
    Thanks for the linkage...definitely looking forward to the audio files.
     
  4. Joelc73

    Joelc73

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Wow - that is insane. They are all gorgeous.
     
  5. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.



    What is the price on each one?
     
  6. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    [​IMG]
     
  7. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Wow.

    $10,400 - Bolt-on
    $11,200 - Deluxe
    $12,700 - Elite

    is what's listed on the site.
     
  8. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.



    I didn't see that.



    Thanks.
     
  9. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    no problem at all.
     
  10. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    That dovetail is sick.
     
  11. BassSaxMan

    BassSaxMan

    Jul 11, 2008
    Man how often do you get down there? And you are associated with them too?? You'd think in all these years we would have come across each other...

    Kinda shocked they went to Bass San Diego, might have to check them out.
     
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Well, last week might have been the first week in a long time I haven't been there - I was off continent (but not incontinent). I usually go over there a couple times a week. I do Pope Flex Core preamp installations for them. Weren't we supposed to meet at UCSD one time a long time ago?
     
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You can't buy just one. It'd be a crime against nature. The woods all came from the same trees (mahogany, maple, rosewood, respectively). If you split them up you'll get plantar warts and stuff.
     
  14. Just Thumpin'

    Just Thumpin' Commercial User

    Mar 7, 2008
    NE United States
    Manager and Partner, Fodera Guitars (as of 10/14/09)
    The photos of all three on the BSD website look wonderful! BTW, although it doesn't mention it, all three necks come from exactly the same slab as well. We built a big enough beam to cut four 3-piece neck slabs out of and then we used three consecutive slices for these three Monarchs...

    J
     
  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    The photos are George's work.
     
  16. sps500

    sps500 In Memoriam

    May 19, 2008
    Freaking awesome!
     
  17. Dan Lenard

    Dan Lenard Banned

    Mar 8, 2002
    These three are perfect for an in depth comparison of these three designs - bolt-on, set neck, neck thru.
    Pull out the blindfold and check them out without knowing which is which , maybe record all three .
    Luthiers Access Group and Bass Gear did such a comparison with two Marleaux basses , alike in every way except one was bolt-on, one neck thru.
    BG did some measurements using science lab machines - results to be published in the next issue of BG - Fall 2012.

    Please do compare these three Foderas and post your impressions - thanks.
     
  18. jsbarber

    jsbarber

    Jun 7, 2005
    San Diego
    They were built by Fodera for precisely this purpose (comparison of differences between construction techniques). Matt Garrison was recorded playing them and Fodera will be posting samples for the world to hear. In order to understand the playing differences, well you'd just have to pay a quick visit to Bass San Diego before they are sold.

    Jim
     
  19. Highpost

    Highpost

    Feb 14, 2011
    ny. nyc
    Let's do it ! This is a case study for the bass world.
     
  20. Blue Blood

    Blue Blood Banned

    Feb 20, 2012
    Associate to Scomel Basses
    Nice looking basses. Munji, lets hear yoyur opinion on the tones. No reason not to give your impression, who cares about the "golden ears" folks.
     

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