Bass of the Week: Fodera Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite

Fodera Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite

I get to check out tons of basses every day, but when Anthony Wellington posted the details of his new Fodera my jaw hit the floor. The latest in the renowned bass educator’s collection is a Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite from the New York boutique shop, who stated it’s the “most complex Yin Yang we have ever built.”

Utilizing dark Buckeye Burl and light Buckeye burl, the Yin Yang symbol encapsulates the bass, even splitting the corner of the neck pickup cover to follow the design.

The 6-string bass is built on an ash body with an alder tone block. The 3-piece hard rock maple neck is topped with an ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl inlays. A larger inlay lays at the end of the fingerboard to counteract the dark Buckeye Burl dot, forming the two light and dark dots of the Yin Yang.

Electronics on the bass include a pair of Fodera/Duncan Dual Coil Pickups and a Fodera/Pope Custom Shop 3-band preamp.

For more info, check out the Fodera website.

Fodera Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite Photo Gallery:

Fodera Buckeye Burl Yin Yang Imperial 6 Elite Specs:

  • Top Wood: Light / Dark Buckeye Burl
  • Body Wood: Ash (Alder Tone Block)
  • Fingerboard Wood: Ebony
  • Neck Wood: 3-pc. Hard Rock Maple
  • Neck Joint: Neck-Through
  • Scale Length: 35?
  • Strings: 6 (19.0mm spacing)
  • Frets: 24 (Large)
  • FB Inlay: Standard Yin Yang Inlays
  • Pickups: Fodera / Duncan Dual Coils
  • Preamp: Fodera / Pope Custom Shop 3-Band
  • Control Layout: Emperor Layout

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  1. Really impressive, however there’s something that personally bugs me about Fodera singlecut basses and it’s the body shape, I’ve never been fond of it for some reason. Other than that, it’s quite THE bass, IMO.

  2. Simply stunning.

  3. Probably doesn’t come in cheap, but the quality of the craftsmanship is just amazing.

    • I was thinking the same. Take Fender for instance, they have similar prices to Fodera when it comes to their custom shop basses and guitars, but nothing special about what they do. If I’m going to spend big bucks on a bass, I would go for something on a completely different level, and Fodera gives you just that.

    • Hmm, probably right about the different ballparks. Then maybe this beauty is worth two or three Fender Custom Shops… Anyway, as far as Fenders are concerned I have a feeling my G&Ls are better than many Fenders out there, so the next step someday may be a second hand Fodera, if I have progressed enough to feel I deserve such a piece of art. Still a far reach, unfortunately !

  4. just NUTTY… and amazing!