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There's a Fodera in the house!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jeff in TX, Sep 21, 2002.

  1. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    I am the proud owner of a Fodera VW Monarch. 4 string, flamed koa body w/matchng headstock, ribbon mahogany body, maple neck with a rosewood board. The electronics are EMG P/Js with the Pope preamp. The workmanship is very good and the tone is articulate and woody. The preamp is better than I remember. It's a blast to play.

    Thanks to those who offered great insight that helped me make this decision.

    Here are the pics...



  2. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA

  3. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
  4. s7on3d


    Jun 26, 2002
    Ra'anana, Israel
    That looks amazing!!!! Congrats!!!!
  5. Bitchin'.
  6. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    Forgot to mention - I traded the Modulus Hollowbody for the Fodera. The Mod is a great bass, but I just couldn't pass up the Fodera...
  7. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
    The Koa is very nice.
  8. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I have the same bass with flame maple for the top. You'll love it. Fast to play, light on stage to play all night, and good to look at. Congrats!!

  9. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    beautious, Jeff- enjoy !!
  10. Benbass


    Jan 28, 2002
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Nice :D
  12. s7on3d


    Jun 26, 2002
    Ra'anana, Israel
    How id the the neck connected to the body? I've never seen anything like that...
  13. Dovetail joint. It's pretty much the best way of gluing up a neck--it's like a bolt-on joint, but with glue instead of screws. A lot of hand carving has to be done to make it a perfectly smooth transition. It's not an easy technique, so very few builders use it.
  14. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    You dog!!!..........., er, I mean - You wealthy dog!!!!

    I remember I predicted you'd be pulling out your plastic for one several months ago.
  15. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Yeah. that is very nice. I think got a great deal..

    Was it the mod for the fodera.. or was it the mod + some $ ????
  16. bbp


    Jul 25, 2002
    very cool man, congrats. i've got that one with the flame maple top too. it's the bass of my dreams. i never played a bass that was faster or that balanced better. the workmanship is flawless.

    one thought in case you don't know about it. on this model the truss rod may be installed upside down. at least it is on mine. what i mean by that is if you want to increase relief, you TIGHTEN the rod. if you want to straighten the neck, you LOOSEN the rod. i asked joey why they do that. he said that if, by chance, you run out of relief, you can flip the truss rod. i doubt that's ever happened, but then again, they've planned for every contingency. just wanted you to know.
  17. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    Rick - Late gig last night? :D

    ldiezman - yeah, there was some cash involved in the transaction. But I feel good about the deal. It was a tough decision. I had originally traded the DP for the Modulus at Larry Morgan Music in Dallas (Garland, actually). I had wanted a Monarch they had in stock, but it sold right before I arrived at the store. So, I traded for the Modulus instead. The Mod was a special order with Aero pups and an Aggie preamp. It is a great bass with one of the best necks I have ever played on. They received another Monarch last week. We spent about an hour A/B'ing the 2 basses and the Fodera was just a better option for me. I wanted a great 4 string more than I need another 5 string.

    bbp - thanks for the advice!
  18. pd_5string

    pd_5string Admin: Accnt Disabled

    Jan 23, 2002
    Jeff, that is AWESOME bro. Nice!! :)
  19. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    the one thing i don't get is that VW's #1 fodera and his tenor are both neck thrus, but the VW signature bass is a set neck. :confused:
  20. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Oh......you noticed I posted a little after 3am.....well, that's "getting home early" from a lot of gigs. I wouldn't even bring your new bass to most of my gigs.....I'd worry about it all night!

    For some reason, your pics weren't visible at that hour. Now that I see them, I'd really love to see that thing in "real life." The flamed koa looks absolutely flawless! And it just gets rarer by the day.

    Just being honest - My only gripe is these Rolls-Royce luthiers who slap those gawdawful plastic control covers on the body and charge megabucks for their basses!!! :mad: That's fargin' flamed koa!!! Don't insult the wood with a plastic cover!!!

    Love the P-J pup combo! That neck joint looks clean as a whistle and is unlike anything I've ever had in my hands.

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