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SOLD For Sale. Fodera Emperor 5 Custom. Quilted Maple Beauty!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Danny R., Oct 25, 2013.

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  1. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

    Up for sale is one of my Foderas.

    My wife's car took broke down a few days ago and now I need to get a new car.

    Ash body, exhibition grade quilted Maple top, Maple neck and exhibition birdseye Maple board. Duncan SCs and Pope preamp. It comes in the original case and a clear pickguard. 34" scale and 19 mm at the bridge, stupid low action and zero buzz.

    The bass is in excellent condition, the only thing is that the bass and the blend controls are switched, the last owner cracked a cable (without disclosing it, I paid $130 to have it fixed, all he said was "but you have a Fodera now" :eyebrow:) and my tech soldered it back, but the cables were too stretched so he just switched them. As many of you know Pope preamps come with a bunch of harnesses so you don't have to solder anything, all it needs is a new harness ($15) but it never bothered me so I left it alone.

    Excellent condition, recently set up and sounds better than it looks. Asking a low $6800 hoping for a quick sale. I might be interested in a trade plus cash but the trade value will be around $7500. I'm interested in MTD 535s and Neck Thru Smiths or a nice 4 doors sedan if you're close! Nothing else really.

    Feel free to ask any questions and thanks for looking!







  2. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

    PMs replied. This one might be gone soon!
  3. basspro557

    basspro557 Banned

    Jul 20, 2005
    $130 to solder a wire? Wow.
  4. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

    If I had known which wire to solder I would've done it myself. It took the guy hours to find the faulty wire. The guy I got it from never told me there was an issue, there was almost no output when I got it. When I told him his response was "but you have a Fodera now". That pissed me off. No wonder he had to make a new TB account..... I don't know what's so hard about a full honest description, this is the third time this happens to me with a TB'er.....
    BTW the bass was a little out of whack, my tech set it up (action and intonation) with a new set of DR Hi-Beam (provided by me). The action is stupid low now and sounds better than it looks.

    You reminded me of this funny story:

    It’s What You Know That Counts.

    The plant went down with a crash. Died in the traces. A redefinition of ‘power failure.’ Technicians and managers went scampering all over the facility, tinkering, thunking, tampering and trying to coax things back to life. Nothing worked, and desperation reigned.
    Finally the plant manager and the Chief Operating Officer admitted the solution was beyond the means and expertise of the staff. The needed a real expert—an outside consultant. So they placed a frantic call. The trouble-shooting ace said he’d pack his bag of miracles and be right there.
    The pro arrived and hung up his coat. He looked the situation over. He squinted his eyes in a Clint Eastwood way, then he walked into the bowels of the plant. People watched respectfully, and some held their breaths.
    The consultant pulled open the door of a little metal box on the side of a monstrous machine. He put out his hand, and with his right forefinger, he touched a button.
    The plant sprang to life. Lights came on, machines hummed, systems resumed vigorous activity.
    The plant manager shook his consultant’s hand. The CEO, overcome with relief, clapped him on the back. “This is wonderful,” he gushed. “What do we owe you?”
    “Four thousand dollars,” replied the consultant.
    “Four thousand dollars!” gasped the CEO. “All you did was walk over and push a little button on the side of that machine. Can you give us a breakdown?”
    The consultant jotted on a piece of paper and handed it to the CEO.

    “Pushing button: $1
    Knowing which button to push: $3999″

    “And if you’d known which button to push, you could have done the same thing.”
    Sometimes you have to be willing to pay for what people know.
  5. sanwin17

    sanwin17 Please mommy, you just gotta buy this amplifier. Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Highland Beach, FL
    That quilt is over the top gorgeous. Not quite my specs or I'd be all over this.
  6. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

    The quilt is breathtaking in person, this is one of the prettiest Foderas I've owned, and the best thing is that the sound matches the beauty ;)
  7. basses55

    basses55 Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    Endorsing artist: Alleva Coppolo Basses and Guitars, FBass, La Bella-Olinto Bergantino Audio Systems
    Beautiful bass :)

    Do you know the weight and year it was made?

  8. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

    It weights 10 1/2 lbs, hefty! I'm not sure about the year, the serial # is E51519B.
  9. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

    PMs replied!

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