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Fodera NYC or Fbass VF?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tleebassist11, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. tleebassist11

    tleebassist11 Taylor Lee Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Endorsing: Fodera, DR Strings
    Hey guys I would like some opinions. Im not asking which one is better. I simply would like to hear some advice from
    people who have played both. Which of these basses has a stronger bridge pickup tone? Any opinion on which bass sits better in a mix? Neck profile more comfy than the other? Any input would be great.
  2. xabicho

    xabicho Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Roger Guitars
    My opinion is regarding Fodera NYC 4 & 5 basses since I have owned 5 in the past 5 years. First of all if weight is an issue you should be aware that this is not a light bass if you compare with MTD's or Elricks. The neck is extremely comfortable not as thin and ergonomic as the MTD's but comfortable. As any other basses there are ones that are good but they are others that are amazing basses. Like the one that have now, the sound is comparable to the new Fodera Standard FL which I tried at Bass Player live, very tight sound, amazing mid range. Something that I noticed is the feel of the strings at the bridge pickup is tighter than other basses, which I think is the result of the bridge in combination of the peg head. Nice resistance to the fingers. The Pope preamp, could vary from 2 bands to 3 bands depending the model. Some of these basses were manufactured with Aero pickups. The cut of the wood of body and neck was made in Japan, no exceptions. I double check with Jason at Fodera, since I heard rumors that the first ones were made in USA. The assembly of the basses, fret work, electronics and finished was made at the Fodera shop in USA. I owned a F BN5 bass and I can tell you that is a different animal. I hope others can tell ud about the vintage F basses. The passive switch or push/pull is always present on this basses and gives you that option of a vintage bass. The configuration of the preamps vary a lot. One of my 4 strings came with V, V, bass/treble stacked, mids, and the passive/active toggle switch, it was great to have a volume control for each one of the pickups. Hope this can help you.
  3. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I like the looks of the fbass more than i like the fodera nyc look and don't think there's much in it, in terms of component and built quality.
    The Fbass feels real nice-haven't tried a recent nyc.
    The older ones I tried seemed a little( I mean 'little') crude/simple by comparison.
  4. xabicho

    xabicho Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Roger Guitars
    Well Fodera do not manufactured them any more. Regarding serial #s they stamped them on the back of the peg head, under the bridge or just a little metal plate inside of the cavity. There were some special ones that were manufactured with double coil pickups instead of the classic single coil Jazz style pickups, but they were far and between. I owned also a 5 string that had a matching headstock and a matching binding on the edge of the neck. Perhaps Jason can give us more history on these amazing basses. Few pics, first my actual one:[http://youtu.be/W14YmRABFFgATTACH]394461[/ATTACH] ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392661237.875720.


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  5. xabicho

    xabicho Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Roger Guitars
    Actually my first one that is missed until today, the white one. And the actual one.

    ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392661450.141225. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392661486.527408. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392661507.965352.
  6. xabicho

    xabicho Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Roger Guitars
    ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392661625.099108. this was at planet bass,
  7. xabicho

    xabicho Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Roger Guitars
    This was my GL Fodera NYC version amazing passive tone cutting thru the mix…
    ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392662246.034786. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392662266.530803.
  8. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I have played a VF5.

    If you're after a vintage jazz thing--'60s or '70s--you can do no better, especially their alder/rosewood combo. The neck profile uses a compound radius and is addictive to play. Their boost only preamp is just icing on the cake.

    Never played the Fodera.
  9. xabicho

    xabicho Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Roger Guitars
    Thanks for the info on the FV.
  10. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    The FBASS IMO has better fit and finish...certainly better tone....but everybodys got a fave!!!

    Good luck!
  11. steven conley

    steven conley

    Jan 3, 2012
    I own a Music Man Classic 5 Natural, 3 Fenders USA's, fretless Warick and 4 string Corvette Standard, a couple of Ibanez's and 4 or five others. I just put my first Fodera on layaway and I'm like a little kid waiting for Christmas. I can't wait to hold her and stroke her. Anybody know the feeling?
  12. steven conley

    steven conley

    Jan 3, 2012

    I need an opinion on 4 or 5 string Fodera's. Because of price I may not be able to acquire 2 or 3 of these like some of you ballers. So I'm wondering if I should get the 5 instead of the 4. When I look at Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller with all the skill and technique they are jamming on 4's even though they (Marcus) has a 5 or 6 in the background. So if I'm doing this correctly (on correct page) I need an answer. Thanks

  13. Just like my MIA Jazz, the only thing different is the bridge, i have a BA on! Wow! Awesome!
  14. xabicho

    xabicho Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Roger Guitars
    Well on free workshop at GC Victor was confronted with the question "Why 4?" His answer was, "I feel comfortable, it is like wearing shorts, a T shirt and sandals" so it is up to you.
  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
    I'd probably go with the F Bass over the NYC, but maybe more for cosmetic and resale issues than anything else. I've played a couple Fodera NYCs and they are fantastic instruments. I've also played a couple VF5s and liked them, so you're not going to go wrong either way. I'd say they're comparable in playability and sound.

    Regarding the four- or five-string question, I'd go with a fiver because that's what I prefer. You should also go with a five-string if you want to play what I prefer.
  16. Dragan


    Oct 5, 2009
    I also played NYC,Imperial and Fbass...Imperial and Fbass in the same occasion,one after another. Not sure what would happen in a live situation etc, but at that moment,F bass won hands down,for comfortability,playability and even construction,sound and overall feel.
    NYC are good ones too,but again I'd say go with F bass.
  17. Just Thumpin'

    Just Thumpin' Commercial User

    Mar 7, 2008
    NE United States
    Manager and Partner, Fodera Guitars (as of 10/14/09)
    You are right in that we are no longer building the NYC's. We stopped roughly three years ago. The original design work, prototypes and some of the very first were built here in Brooklyn, but all after those first few the rest of them were built completely by hand in a small shop in Japan. Final fretwork, electronics installation and set-up were done here in Brooklyn.

    We replaced the NYC line with our Standard line of instruments which are all 100% built here in the Brooklyn shop by the same people and in exactly the same way that we build our Custom instruments. The first Standard model was introduced in January of 2011.

    We eliminated the NYC's for two reasons...first (and most importantly), we felt that there were enough "Super Jazz Basses" out there and we wanted to focus on our own designs instead. Secondly, we wanted 100% control over the quality of what we are sending out the door and the only way to do that was to build everything here.



  18. alzabass

    alzabass Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2010
    New York
    My old NYC , great bass !!!!
  19. thewildest


    May 25, 2011
    Priceless... you made me laugh pretty hard. Sort of the kind of "I smack you because I love you" uncle advice.

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