Fodera Emperor Bolt On 5 Buckeye Burl Top Walnut Body w/Purpleheart Fingerboard

5-String Bass Guitar with Purpleheart Fingerboard, Includes Hardshell Case. Made in the USA.
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Fodera Emperor Bolt On 5 Buckeye Burl Top Walnut Body w/Purpleheart Fingerboard

Brand New
Serial #E54545B
10lbs 15oz

Description & Specs

We carry a variety of Fodera Custom Basses at Chicago Music Exchange. Our entire inventory is not listed, so please message us directly to find out what else we have in stock.

For over 30 years, Fodera has produced exemplary 4-, 5- and 6-string basses carefully designed for optimum comfort, balance, and playability, hand-crafting many of them in their Brooklyn, NY facility. Our bass guru, Marc Najjar, visited Fodera in Brooklyn to personally select the Buckeye Burl top featured on this Emperor 5-string. Other premium features of this custom Emperor include a 3-piece maple hard rock neck, Fodera/Pope custom 3-band preamp with Emp/Imp layout, and the amazing matching purpleheart fingerboard and pickup covers. Good gravy!

Model: Emperor
Number of Strings: 5-String
Body Type: Solid Body
Serial #: E54545B
Weight: 10 lbs 14.7 oz

Body Material: Walnut - lightweight
Top Material: Buckeye Burl
Finish: Satin Clear

Neck: Bolt-on 
Neck Profile: Standard
Scale Length: 34"
Number of Frets: 24
Fret Size: Large
Fingerboard Inlay: Gold Lip Dots. MOP Side Dots
Neck Material: 3-Piece Maple Hard Rock
Fingerboard Material: Purpleheart
Peghead Veneers: Matching
Peghead Type: Modern 2+3

Tuners: Gotoh
Bridge: Fodera - Custom, 19.0mm spacing
Hardware Color: Gold

Electronics: Fodera/Pope Custom 3-Band, Emp/Imp
Pickup Spacing: 70's
Pickups: Seymour Duncan Dual Coils,
Pickup Covers: Wood, Match FB, Exposed Poles

Case: Hardshell case included

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