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Fodera Announces Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial Model Bass

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.

Fodera Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial Bass

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.

Fodera Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial Bass - back

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:

    Fodera Janek Gwizdala Signature Imperial Bass - pickups & ramp
  • 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