My "New" Fodera NYC

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rodneyat, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. rodneyat


    Apr 12, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I am putting "new" in quotes because this bass has already been on a journey. I bought this bass last year and when it was being shipped by the "gentle" hands of UPS the top was crushed and a large hole put in the top.

    Here is a picture of the damaged top...try not to shriek!


    Obviously, this created some horror. :bawl: You can see not only the large hole in the top but the cracks in the wood. So, I know a friend of mine who does custom woodworking and instrument repair. I had seen a repair he made on a quilted maple acoustic that was pretty amazing. I contact him and sent pictures to see if he thinks he can fix it. He decides to take it on. So, here is a picture of the bass in progress.


    At this point, a piece of reinforcing wood has been attached to the backside of the top. Then epoxy filled in where the wood was just plain gone. It was amazing how much of the spalted maple became dust on impact. At this point, it looks pretty good...but wait, it gets better. Here is the bass after an artist has hand painted the wood grain on the top and lacquer has been reapplied to the top.


    And now completed and back at my house with all the hardware back on...


    It is simply amazing...Only if you knew it had been damaged, can you see it.

    Needless to say, if you ever need any repair work done. Go to and Steve will hook you up.

    I am very pleased with the outcome and the bass is awesome!
  2. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Bayside, New York
    Excellent work by the luthiers.....thats a beautiful instrument..all the best
  3. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    Wow, that is excellent work.
  4. Wonderful repair job and a beautiful bass. That's one of the nicest looking NYC's I've seen. Enjoy.

    Man, I bet you were BUMMED when you opened the case. All's well that ends well!:hyper:
  5. The luthier and artist did an incredible job. I would have never known there was damage done to the bass. I'm glad you finally have it back in your hands.
  6. rodneyat


    Apr 12, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I keep playing the thing and it impresses me more each time. Bad press aside, the new NYC series basses are quite nice.
  7. Z3r0_G


    Jan 1, 2009
    I hope that was insured!! You shouldnt be paying a single cent to get it fixed!
  8. The Butler

    The Butler

    Oct 11, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Amazing repair job. Also, one of the nicest Fodera NYC's I have seen.
  9. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Holy Magic Repair Job, Batman!!!

    what a brilliant idea to have an artist paint on the grain...incredible job...
  10. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings

    looks flawless!!
  11. mrphattay

    mrphattay Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2005
    Wow, what a great solution.
    A Masterful job... Stunning outcome.
    You obviously chose your craftsman wisely; the man is an artist. I couldn't imagine a better result.
    Kudos all around, and Thank you for sharing.

    Enjoy playing that beauty.
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