In addition to the new Yin Yang Standard Bass, Fodera was showing off their new Mike Pope Signature Viceroy at their NAMM booth. The 6-string bass has some very innovative features, including a removable fingerboard extension that’s held in by strong magnets. The extension allows for the bass to transition between 20 and 24-frets, which Pope explains makes a big difference in the resonance of the lower strings and allows for slapping in a more advantageous position. A muting system is included to kill the preamp’s output while you put it on or remove it.
Another unique feature is the addition of an adjustable bridge pickup. The bass includes Fodera/Seymour Duncan Dual Coil Pickups in a J-style set up, but the bridge pickup is movable by an inch in 1/8” increments to change its tonal character, ranging in the decades of J-bass sounds. Pope’s own preamp is included to round out the electronics.
The Fodera Mike Pope Viceroy bass consists of a Honduran Mahogany body, Pommele Sapele Top, 3-piece Hard Rock Maple neck, and Ebony fingerboard. The bass retails for $12,650.00. For more info on the bass and, visit Fodera’s Website.
Fodera Mike Pope Signature Viceroy Bass Specs:
- Honduran Mahogany Body
- Pommele Sapele Top
- 3-Piece Hard Maple Neck
- Ebony Fingerboard
- Bolt-On Construction
- 34” Scale, 24 Frets
- 6-String with 17.5mm Bridge String Spacing
- Removable Diamondwood 4-fret Fingerboard Extension
- One-touch mute system for silent, on-the-fly FB Extension removal
- Fodera / Seymour Duncan Dual Coil Pickups
- Adjustable Bridge Pickup for on-the-fly, 1/8” increment pup position adjustments
- 2010 Fodera / Pope Preamp