NBD: Fodera Emperor 5 Standard

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by soong, May 26, 2019.

  1. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Picked this Emperor 5 Standard last week! The craftsmanship, playability and tone is mind blowing. The preamp is very natural and musical, and the coil tap gets a killer jazz bass sound. Demos to come.

    It's often said Foderas are overpriced and not worth it. Thats up to you to decide. I wonder how many people who say that have played one. The law of diminishing returns applies of course; but I can tell you this bass is amazing!

    All this being said, no bass is sacred to me. This bass will still get happily thrashed at pub gigs!



  2. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Beautiful bass :drool:

    I just bought a Smith and I've been gigging it. I'm protective but I bought it to use.

    Congrats :thumbsup:
  3. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Beautiful bass. Congrats.

    I would if I could.
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  4. Gigglingbuns


    Aug 26, 2017
    We saw it first on Insta, beautiful bass!
  5. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Oh you follow me? Thanks!!
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  6. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Congrats! Killer instruments!
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  7. Gigglingbuns


    Aug 26, 2017
    Yep that and on Youtube, your versatility and transcriptions inspire me man!
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  8. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

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  9. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Hugely appreciated!
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  10. Side note question: Are those DR Legends by chance? And if so, how do they sound?
  11. Oh, and awesome bass btw! :)
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  12. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Beautiful bass, I’ve owned 6 of them back when you could get one for $2,500 - 3k.
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  13. skygzr


    Feb 23, 2015
    Southeast US
    Man that’s beautiful. Love the headstock schmetterling. Hope the gold hardware ages well.
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  14. PaulCISSA

    PaulCISSA Unsweetened, highly-caffeinated Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Northest New Jersey
    I was fortunate to find a beautiful Classic here from a local TB brother. It’s my first Fodera. They’re incredibly well made instruments with a unique character all their own. I get much joy from mine, hope you get the same satisfaction from yours. Congratulations!
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  15. soong


    May 10, 2007
    MTD steels :) Thanks!


    Thanks! and congrats to you too, playing a Fodera is definitely an experience.
  16. Being a former Fodera Emperor Std 5 owner; I congratulate you for the purchase. A good decision if you need a wide variety of tones with Fodera quality.

    Here is my opinion on that: Is Fodera Worth The Money?
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  17. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Thanks! Yep I had a good read, nicely written. The discussion is a dead horse quite frankly, just play what you want and have fun...
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  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Enjoy the music above all else. I hope the bass really helps you enjoy the music you play.
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  19. interp


    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    Sweet bass! Until I bought my Marleaux Contra a Fodera was the finest bass I’d ever laid hands on. The Foderas are simply superb instruments. Congratulations.
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  20. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Have a good time !!!
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