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Fodera question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MikeBass, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. What is the difference between a Matt Garrison sig and an Imperial??
    You can order just about anything you want on an Imperial, so why does the Garrison cost so much more?

    Is it because it's already spec'd with a nice top/fingerboard etc..??

    Maybe I just missed something.

    Please chime in here.
  2. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Better than the Beez????? :eek:

    That hurts man, not tellin and all..... :bawl:
  3. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Wish I could afford a Fodera.. :(

    Or seven...
  4. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    I'm right there with ya Mark! I'd take just one! I hear that if you practice enough and do well that they give you more of a deal though. ;) That's pretty much my only chance right now!
  5. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Yeah - just look at Victor and AJ! ;)
  6. I'm thinking of maybe taking the plunge.
    Imperial with mahognay body, flame or quilt maple top, ebony fingerboard 34" scale. Depending of price, maybe Walnut top-maybe.
    There was one on your site Joel that had the p/ups in more of a 60's Jazz arrangement. May go that route as well.
    Other than that, nothing crazy wood wise or electronics (Pope 3 band).
  7. Ha! I thought you were done with the Fodera thing!?!?!?!?!?

  8. Shut up KEN!!!!!!!
    I had a chance to play 2 Matt Garrison basses in Cincinati. And both were stinkin' nuts!
    I had my trusty Sadowsky 5 with me and had the chance to A/B it next to them.............I'm not done with Fodera, just done with the one I had!!

  9. :D

    I've actually played a couple lately that were also pretty nice!
  10. I have tried a few Sadowsky's and they do sound great and some looks pretty cool. Someday I want a white one!

    But Fodera really rocks my world. I like the sound and the preamp really comes handy when playing different rooms. My sound is always clear (which I like) and playing live have become much eaiser. I took my Jazz bass to a gig last week and I really missed the my Fodera.

    Actully I have been thinking of ordering a new Fodera! :help:

    A Emperor 4 with mahogany body and a redwood top. Ebony fingerboard. J-picks and a fingerramp. A thin neck profile and small frets!

    Joel? Would that work?

  11. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    That would work quite well if you were looking for a round sounding bass with a full bottom and sweeter hights. Would you be going with a set neck or a neck through?

    I had an alder body set-neck Emperor 4 some time ago that absolutely killed. It had an Ebony board and single coils. It had a Walnut top. It was probably the nicest four string I ever owned.
  12. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Hi Mike,
    I usually gravitate towards 70's spacing but I picked up a Garrison 5 with 60's spacing a few months back and it absolutely rocks. The bass is Alder with an Ebony board. That combo, for me, really works. It yields a big, Fendery sound that I just love.
  13. How do you split say between that big Fendery sound and say something very modern, say like a Smith??
    Pick-ups, woods, etc..????? One bass to cover a lot so to speak.
    I'm gone for a few days north of Toronto, I'll chime back in when I get back.
    Maybe I'll hit a few shops in the Toronto area!!
  14. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Mike, You will NEVER be done! Besides your 70's Jazz have you ever had a bass for more then a month? :p
  15. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    That 60's spacing combined with an Alder body and (though not period/fender correct) an Ebony board really gets you into that vintage territory - from both a sound and feel stand point. Coupled with Duncan duals or single coils and you've got a very fat and thick sounding instrument.

    More modern, and potentially more versatile, would be a Mahogany or Walnut body with Ebony and possibly 70's spaced Aeros.

    You really do have to take a systemic approach if you're trying to get close to a certain sound. When you take a bunch of variables that, by themself, work they don't always work when combined. You really have to think about the end result and the decision points along the way for getting you there. To me, that's the only way you'll get THE instrument, rather than just a really nice one!

    I hope that helps. Feel free to drop us a line at the shop or shoot me an email/PM if you have other questions.

    Safe travels!
  16. I think I would like to have it neck through. The thing I like with my Elite is that I like the little space between the body and the top of the fingerboard! There are more space on Deluxe basses. That's a small thing and is only when I slap I think about it.

    Actually I like to copy my Emperor Elite look just with a different woodcombo. Of couse it would a little less expensive with Deluxe model.
    Also I was thinking of a Ash neck if that works well and I don't want solid top!
    I really enjoy the thinner neck profile on my Emperor, so I want that to :smug:

    Do you have picture of that Emperor Deluxe you had?


  17. Low Down Sound

    Low Down Sound Retailer: Low Down Sound

    May 18, 2004
    ferndale, mi
    hi Miiiiiiike

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  18. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    Another one!? Argh! :mad: You're killing me. I'm so jealous :(

    Congrats, though. Fodera makes some fine basses. I love my Imperial :D
  19. Fodera are sweet!

    Do you guys like this bass :p
  20. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002

    That's a damn nice looking bass :D