Fodera is now offering a Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial model, based on Gwizdala’s own bass. Hand-built in Fodera’s New York shop, the 5-string bass sports a 33˝ scale and comes tuned E to C.
The instrument has a walnut body with an alder tone block and a stunning non-solid Buckeye Burl top. The 3-piece ash neck is paired with an ebony fingerboard holding 26 frets. To accommodate for Gwizdala’s complex techniques and chording, the action is set as low as possible with a string spacing of 16.5mm at the bridge.
A pair of Seymour Duncan Dual Coil pickups are covered with matching Buckeye Burl covers while a ramp in between is made of ebony, making a nice accent with the fingerboard. Electronics include the Fodera/Pope 3-band preamp with a Matt Garrison control layout.
As every bass is hand-built for its future owner, the Fodera Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial model has a delivery time of 15-16 months. It’s list price is $11,999, though street price is expected to be around 10% less than that (approximately $10,800). For more info and options, check out the Fodera website.
Here’s a clip of Gwizdala debuting his personal bass:
Fodera Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial Bass Specs:
- Construction: Neck-Through Body
- Scale: 33˝
- Frets: 26
- Fret size: Small
- Inlays: Abalone Dots
- Body: Walnut
- Top: Non-Solid Buckeye Burl
- Neck: 3-piece Ash
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Finish: Acrylic Satin
- Tuners: Gotoh with Drop-Tuner
- Bridge: Hipshot Narrow
- Bridge Spacing: 16.5mm
- Hardware Color: Black
- Electronics: Fodera/Pope Custom 3-Band Preamp with Matt Garrison Control Layout
- Pickups: Seymour Duncan Dual Coils
- Ramp: Ebony