It arrived! My new Fodera Emperor Deluxe! It is one of the sweetest sounding basses I have ever played. It sits absolutely perfectly in the mix! It has a midrange punch that I have never experienced before. Really nice growl, but smooth in the upper register. The bass has a sweet slap tone, especially when I switch it to single coil. Sounds almost identical to my Jazz!(won't need to bring that anymore!) The bass has an Alder body with a great looking Walnut top and matching headstock. The neck is made out of Maple with a Kingwood fingerboard. I had a practice with my funk band on Tuesday, and it is the first bass that I have actually had them complement on my tone! I don't need to EQ it at all to punch through the band. I love the Pope pre-amp. It kills the Bartolini pre in my Warrior. It seems to add just enough treble to add presence, and enough bass to shake pictures off the walls! Fabulous bass. I am thrilled to pieces!