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Fodera Unveils the Monarch-P Bass

Fodera is gearing up for the Winter NAMM show, where they will be presenting the new Monarch-P model. Based on their Monarch four-string bass, the Monarch-P is a Standard model that aims to couple a vintage split-coil sound with Fodera’s playability.

Fodera Monarch-P Bass Body

The bass will be built with a classic tone-wood combination of an alder body, a maple neck, and an Indian Rosewood fingerboard. The top is created from book-matched Ivorywood. Several design modifications from the original Monarch bass set the P model apart with unique body contours, a slightly thicker neck, and 22 frets.

Its passive electronics include an in-house wired circuit with 250k solid shaft pots, a 0.047uf capacitor and 1/4” input jack. Fodera picked an Aguilar AG 4P-60 pickup with early 60’s P-Bass tone in mind. “All of the hardware is completely proprietary including our high-mass Standard bridge,” Fodera states. “Additionally the Monarch-P is built with a control cavity so that if you wanted to add a preamp down the road there is a place to do it. Finally, the Monarch-P was crafted with no natural shell products which makes it the very first Fodera that can be shipped internationally without requiring a costly and time-consuming permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

The Fodera Monarch-P will be built in the company’s custom shop as part of their Standard series. It’s priced at $3,995 and is available for pre-order with shipping beginning in April and June.

Fodera Monarch-P Bass Details:

Strings:4
Scale:34″
Construction:Bolt-on
Body:Alder
Top:Ivorywood
Neck:3-piece Hard Rock Maple
Fingerboard:Indian Rosewood
Frets:22 Large Frets
Inlays:Synthetic Clay Dots
Pickup:Aguilar AG 4P-60
Electronics:Passive
Hardware:Fodera

For more information:
Fodera

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Ruben DLR

Ruben DLR

Gorgeous. That’s a lot of plasma I have to sell.

Jack P

Jack P

I’m sure that this bass plays and sounds nice, but it has all the visual appeal of an Ibanez Gio.
Let’s see.. This bass, or a new Ric, and an Eden bass rig..tough choice. LOL

    Ruben DLR

    Ruben DLR

    I disagree. I think the bass is beautiful in its understated simplicity. And as you noted, it’s pretty much a given that this bass will sound and feel wonderful. I don’t need to have highly figured tops to satisfy my aesthetics. However if that’s your thing, I have seen other examples in Fodera’s newborn gallery that feature various exotic tops along with a singular P pickup, it’s just going to cost another 2-3 grand to get it.

      J-R Kelly

      J-R Kelly

      I think it looks nice too, except for the headstock. Reminds me of the entry level Japanese basses like a cheap Yamaha I used to have, so I can see where the ibanez reference comes from!

Mark S B.

Mark S B.

Nice bass ,,,

Patrick

I will take 5. Thank you

John Hide

John Hide

Overpriced fender p copycat!