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This Old Fodera

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brad Johnson, Mar 6, 2003.


  1. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Hi, Brad Vila here...

    Thanks to Woodchuck I'm the new owner of a Fodera Anthony Jackson Contrabass. It's a 1988 model with quilted Maple top and headstock, Ash body, Brazilian Rosewood board, Lane Poor pickups and Hazmat preamp. A few minor dings but it sounds nice (especially with a new battery) and plays well. I'll clean it up, drop the action a little and replace the strings... should be fine. It's 36" scale. The spacing is extremely wide.

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  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  5. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Nice! I don't think I'm man enough for that spacing though . . . :)
     
  6. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    nice straight grain on the back!!!!

    my favorite pattern for body wood.

    bet it sounds great!

    congrats!

    oh


    and...

    um......

    CLIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ;)

    f
     
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I'd guess it's about 20mm at the bridge if not more.
     
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    As soon as I get my double-thumping and other advanced techniques down;)
     
  9. NeedMoreBass

    NeedMoreBass unregistered

    Feb 14, 2003
    Are you sure about the year? The 3 band EQ and Lane Poor's were mid 90's stuff.
     
  10. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.

    roger that PD, er uh BJ.

    hmm...

    weird combo.

    :p

    f
     
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Only as sure as what David Beasley just told me;). I called to get some info on it and as usual he was very helpful.

    I know very little about these basses. It's number 670 out of over 2000 basses, I personally don't know where that puts it timeline-wise. He said 1988. I don't know when Lane started supplying them with pickups, sounds like this must've been a very early one.
     
  12. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Hey! You got it! Cool! I'm glad I was there to help. Congrats!
     
  13. NeedMoreBass

    NeedMoreBass unregistered

    Feb 14, 2003
    The 3 band EQ and Lane Poor's are about 1995. I've owned 8 Fodera's in the early to mid 90's and remember the transition well. Saw the first 3 band at the '94 NAMM and they were still using Barts, went to Lane Poor's the next year for a short period before switching to Duncan's.

    Also, there were only a very few early 36" scale Anthony Jackson 6's to my knowledge, most were 34" scale.
     
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Thanks, Mark. I'll check back with David and see what he says the next time.

    Guess I need to change the title of the thread.

    "My middle-aged Fodera" has a nice ring to it:D
     
  15. NeedMoreBass

    NeedMoreBass unregistered

    Feb 14, 2003
    Nothing wrong with a '95 Fodera, don't get me wrong!
     
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Thanks again, couldn't have done it without you. The salesguy at GC was very helpful, too. The bass got here in three days. He offered to replace the "cheap chipboard case" it came in, I declined (I use gigbags). Turns out it was the original Fodera case;)
     
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Never crossed my mind.
     
  18. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    hey, throw some Geddy Lee jazz pups in there and slap on a BadAssII bridge...

    you'll be SET!

    f
     
  19. boogiebass

    boogiebass

    Aug 16, 2000
    Nice score, Brad. I'm diggin' it! If the time ever comes to move it, please give me a shot. :cool:
     
  20. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Very nice Brad!

    I am jealous. :D