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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dumpster Funk, Jan 10, 2017.
Fodera just announced two new models don't know if they're making them in 5 string versions though.
I don't know if it fits what you're looking for, but if I had your beduget and goals I would check out the Yamaha Nathan East signature base (BBNE2) in the course of my travels. It's definitely not in the same price range as a Fodera, but if we're kickin tires, why not kick 'em all?
This used Fodera NYC Empire 5:
For Sale - Fodera NYC Empire 5
...use the left over cash to get the wife a cocktail ring!
Spector makes a mean 5.
There are so many great basses in the $3500-5000 price range.
Was just about to also suggest Alleva (also have an LG5 that is stellar) but if OP going HiFi really can't beat the Fodera
Where do you live? When you are dropping that kind of cash, I would make a trip to New York to check out the Foderas. I love them, but they aren't for everyone. Tell the wife you're taking her to New York to see a show for being such a great wife, and while you're there ....
The Fodera will likely be the best build of those options, however, the sound and build quality of an MTD 535 is hard to beat by even Fodera. It's all about what kind of feel and sound you like. MTDs tend to be very tough sounding. Aggressive and/or smooth capabilities. I have never found a Fodera that can equal the snarl of a genuine MTD.
I second that emotion, G&L and take a nice vacation with your wife!
Yes Greg is the BEST!
At the level that you are looking at there is no wrong answer. It is really up to your view of the aesthetics and what hue and how wiggly the wood should be.
The obvious consideration (for me) would be if I sell the Fodera, could I get a used Tobias and a used Benevente..
Maybe I am way off.But I would not put a G&L in the same league as Fodera, Smith, Tobias..
I believe its USD. Basic models probably run around $2750, and the more customized basses can be closer to $3500 on the very high end. I should know, I've ordered three customs from him...and even with a repeat buyer discount they were over $3K. It was well worth it, and a customized NYC Sadowsky (my other favorite) would've cost me well over $5K. Kinal basses are great instruments, some of my favorites!!!
With the budget you're mentioning, you could afford an Alembic Series bass used off Reverb or EBay right now. It would fit the bill that you're describing perfectly.
I'd say Sadowsky, but from what's on the list: Fodera.
Hard question to answer.
Ask yourself what are the two most important factors for you.
Just tone? Aesthetics? Scale? Pickup configuration? Weight?
Try to narrow down the options, that will make it easier to decide.
Is that a Kinal in your avatar? (or are you just happy to see me?)
Ditto on the Warrior. I'll never part with mine. The look, feel and tone, exquisite.
These are the best basses Ive owned and it fits in your price range. JD makes some amazing looking and some of best sounding I've ever had.