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Fodera Unveils Emperor 5 Standard

Fodera has introduced a new bass to their Standard series: the Emperor 5 Standard (E5S). As with their Yin Yang Standard, the E5S is a version of their existing model offered at a more competitive price point by offering one configuration with no options. The basses are still made in their Brooklyn, New York workshop alongside their custom instruments.

Fodera Emperor 5 Standard

The E5S has a mixture of tonewoods that Fodera says is flexible enough for any gig, including an Ash body, quartersawn Hard Rock Maple neck, and Pau Ferro fingerboards. The body also features a 5A Bi-Color Flame Maple top.

For electronics, the bass is fitted with a pair of Fodera’s Dual Coil pickups and complimented with a Fodera/Pope 3-band Standard Preamp. The company describes the its sound as being incredibly balanced, with “tight lows, transparent mids and just enough top-end.”

Fodera is building the first batch of Emperor 5 Standards now, with production models slated to start shipping in April 2012. The list price for the instrument is $5,750, and orders require a $1,000 deposit. For more details, visit the Fodera website.

Fodera Emperor 5 Standard Specs:

  • Top Wood: Bi-Color Flame Maple
  • Body Wood: Ash
  • Fingerboard Wood:Pau Ferro
  • Neck Wood: 1-pc. Hard Rock Maple (Quatersawn)
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale Length: 34”
  • Strings:5
  • Frets: 24 (Large)
  • FB Inlay: Mother-of-Pearl Dots
  • Pickups: Fodera Dual Coils
  • Preamp: Fodera / Pope Standard 3-Band
  • Control Layout: Emperor Standard Layout