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What is it about Fodera?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by superbassman2000, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. Why do they sound so good?
    I just got done listening to Narud's recordings, and i also listen to a bit of wooten, and i really love that sound. Does Fodera do anything special to their basses that nobody else does?
    And also, what do they commonly make their basses out of? what kind of woods and electronics do they use?

    Thanks, Charlie
  2. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Fodera actually hollows out their basses and fills them with crack...................It makes people sell everything they have to get one.
  3. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    I didn't have to sell anything to get my Fodera
  4. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    At least part of the reason they sound good is to do with the name and price tag. See the "Tara Labs Cable" thread in Recording Gear and Equipment for various explanations as to why this can occur.

    Of course, they are also extremely well made basses with meticulous attention to detail and well selected woods for their tonal properties and a fantastic preamp - which will account for a fair bit of their tone and playability. But lets face it, tone is subjective and no one really does blind tests of this stuff! :D
  5. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    It was a joke.........
  6. Hman


    Jan 8, 2002
    San Francisco, CA

    No wonder my nose all white playing a Fodera :eek: :help:
  7. Wasabi1264


    Oct 3, 2004
    President: MusicDojo.com
    Honestly, it's Mike Pope's pre-amp. He's a genius player and kind of a "mad scientist" when it comes to electronics. The pre-amp "makes" Foderas. I think they're well-constructed and everything, but believe me...if it was just a Bart pre in there or something, they would not nearly have the magic they have.
  8. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    I know
  9. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    I actually think the Pope pre is one of the worst pre's out there. I almost always run my Fodera with pre bypassed. That said, it does have a distinctive tone even when set flat.
  10. narud's recordings show some very musical playing, I'll agree there.. I like the writing too. I can hear the Fodera thing a mile away though, and it is perfect for what he's doing IMO.
  11. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    the butterfly has hypnotic properties which make people think they have amazing tone.

  12. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Thats probably not too far from the truth.... ;)
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.basscentral.com/basscombo/fodera/fod_emp_5_beb_2_tn.jpg">

    Must sell....... alll my ........ Sadowsky ......... basses ...... and buy...

    a Fodera.......

  14. yeah, i am even listening to wooten's imagine this on yin yang, and that bassline tone just knocks me out!!

    this is frustrating...i know it is wooten, but that sound just knocks me out...
  15. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    that is my experience and opinio about this pre.

  16. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    what is it that you guys dont dig? im no preamp guru so i usually just leave it flat and dont mess with it. all i know is it sounds active :D
  17. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    I don't like the frenquency centers. The bass seems to muddy things and is a bit boomy. The treble is set too high and is harsh. The mids are set too high as well and only sound OK if you cut the mids which I never do. I prefer to boost lowmids if I do anything. The sound of the pre on but set flat sounds OK, definitely brighter than when bypassed. The Pope pre was just very well hyped and people bought into it. On the whole, I really don't like preamp's in basses. Too many builders out there rely entirely on the pre to get a usable tone out of their basses. The great thing about Fodera is their wood is so well aged and the construction is so good that they sound incredible with no EQ. Add their great playability and you have some of the finest basses ever made.
  18. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    I can help you. Sell me one of those Sadowskies you won't be needing anymore. :)
  19. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    I have to agree with this. I'm not too keen on the frequency centers on the eq either. I'm also getting away from preamps in basses. I imagine that a better pre can always be made outside of the bass because it's without the constraints of the size of the cavity in a bass. I'm looking into getting a Fodera because I've always wanted one and they play and sound sooooooooo great. I'm pretty sure that I'll be getting one without a preamp in it though. I'd take a Fodera through a Mellenia TD-1 (which is what I'd like eventually to use as a pre) over a Pope preamp anyday. For that matter, listen to Richard Bona. His tone is huge. He bypasses his pre in his Fodera and runs it into a Pensa two band pre. I feel that if you have an instrument that's built as well as a Fodera than the preamp is unnecessary. Oh yeah, there's alway Anthony Jackson as an example as well. :D
  20. well.... :rollno: I just bought one and it shall be with me on Thursday and will check if it is that good.
    Mine is Emperror Elite 5 with Barts both pups and preamps. I got few different made of exotic basses so it will be easy to say about the bass. One thing is for sure, it is one of the most expensive bass on earth and even too expensive inconjunction to the matterials they used but the service does't has that link of quality. I was sending mails to the factory for months but no respond which scared me.

    how about yours ...