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

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  1. Kevin, nice one! thanks for posting this. Will try and get a blog post out this week and link to your article. I’m actually trying to get away from the super low action on the bass now, and I think that might be the subject of one of this week’s blogs.

  2. Janek I am considering selling my girlfriend to get one of these :)

  3. Works for me. Fine looking bass. I’ve had my Fodera 6 string, 28 fret for 20 years now, and still is killer.

  4. e to c? strange a 1st for me, i thought it was b to g, and b to c for a 6!

    • It’s just a matter of how you string it. If you prefer a higher register but a bass with 5-strings than go c-e (high>low)…I know some bass player that string a 4-string from d-b (hi>low) to get the low register on a regular 4. Of coarse the will loose the high…
      OR why not makin’ the 4-string a tenor bass: c-a (high>low) (ex. Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten…) There are a lot of options…

  5. Here’s the thing, and this is my opinion only. Geddy Lee has never needed to use a 5 string so why should us mere Mortals? LOL!

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    • What a fucking piece of shit. You are targeted now Dennis

    • Geddy Lee is great, but most Rock fans seem to think he is the end-all-be-all of musicians. If you expand your listening to other genres though, you may be surprised at how much better it can get.

  6. Come on, twelve grand? am I the only one who thinks this is absurd? You guys are trying to sell to some of the poorest people on the planet. A hunk of wood and some electronics, probably $300-$500 tops. $11,500 profit…this is just ridiculous…

  7. Seriously? Who has 12 grand to spend on a bass?

    Eliteism for rich-kid bedroom players, methinks.