Fodera + ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by soundsupport1, Nov 5, 2021.

  1. soundsupport1


    Aug 17, 2017
    This is for a niche group, but it just struck me. Watched the product video for Fodera's 2021 model range on youtube. Player sitting on a sofa with a wall of amps behind him:

    And I noticed a couple of things missing, and it got me wondering: everyone with a Fodera seems to play it through hifi amps.

    Does anyone play a Fodera through an Ampeg SVT/V4/Portaflex?
    Does anyone play a Fodera through a Fender Bassman 300?

    And what would that sound like? Modern jazzy hifi bass through old-school rock all-tube head? Might be rather good...

  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Victor Wooten played through Ampeg SVT-4's and Hartke. Not quite what you're looking for but not exactly hi-fi either.
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  3. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Sponsored by Hipshot
    Doesn't really matter. A Fodera will sound like your bass, or any bass for the most part, because, really, it's mostly your fingers, setup, and eq'ing that matter. Foderas are simply built well, with good materials, and hand-built by a small U.S. crew...and there's your $ amount. I think it'd be kickass to pair an Emperor with a B15 or SVT!
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2021
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  4. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    I play mine exclusively through a Fender Rumble. In this case a Rumble 800HD and Rumble 210 cabinet. Or Rumble 500 combo and extension cab.
  5. soundsupport1


    Aug 17, 2017
    Does that make it sound any darker? Just curious. Every Fodera demo I've ever seen, they sound super bright, but looking at the specs I've often wondered if that's the coloration of the amplifier rather than the bass itself.

  6. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    I found the Rumble pretty transparent. Allot has to do with the pickups. Fodera’s with active PJ pickups are very bright and modern sounding. The split coil pickups like in my emperor are more versatile. I can get a killer 70’s Jazz tone to a nice warm tone good for blues and swing.
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  7. Fodera and Ampeg

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  8. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    I play mine through my Mesa WD800 most of the time. But I’ve also played it through an Acoustic B200 combo, an old Fender Rumble 100 combo dozens of times and play it through my even older Fender RAD bass combo nearly everyday. Sounds like a bass.
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