NBD: Fodera Monarch Elite Koa

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MMiller28, Sep 25, 2021.

  1. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    Finally took the time to shoot some pics of my new crown jewel! I got it on Thursday and Wwwwwooooooowwwwwww!!! Could not be happier or more impressed with this instrument. It absolutely lives up to the hype. The tonal pallet is just limitless.

    - Fodera Monarch Elite
    - Koa top
    - Chambered black limba body with flamed maple tone block
    - EMG pickups active P/J (wow!), choice inspired by Victor Wooten
    - 9-pc white oak neck ("slim/fast" carve) with - bubinga stringers
    - Indian rosewood fretboard (amazing compound radius)
    - Abalone dots & tulips
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  2. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Fodera makes some very beautiful instruments, and yours is no exception.

    I could never justify the cost at this time.
    However, if I found myself in a position to do so, I'd love to order a custom Monarch.
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  3. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    She's a beauty! It's very interesting, Fodera is the first company that I have seen use oak, for reasons that I don't know, unless it is heavy or possible wood engineering reasons.
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  4. Windreaper


    Mar 9, 2008
    Probably weight, and it's pretty hard on tools. Can also have a deep and coarse grain, but that's more of a selection issue, I suppose. Also, could be partly a matter of tradition since Fender and Gibson haven't used it as a neck wood afaik.
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  5. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Wow, that looks incredible, congrats!
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  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    What can I say? It’s a typically beautiful Fodera.
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  7. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
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