This instrument proudly heralds the arrival of the Emperor 5 Standard (E5S). A completely new model for us, the E5S was designed from the ground up to provide every ounce of playability and sonic performance we are capable of delivering based on our 28 years of handcrafting some of the finest electric bass guitars in the World.
By building just one configuration, with no options, we are able to offer the same legendary Fodera quality of our custom instruments at a very competitive price point. Every E5S will be completely built here in our Brooklyn, NY shop right alongside our custom instruments by the very same people, using the same tools.
For tonewoods we have selected a mixture of ingredients that we feel works beautifully on virtually any gig...medium weight Ash bodies, quartersawn Hard Rock Maple necks, and old-growth Pau Ferro fingerboards -- all perfectly complimented by stunning 5A Bi-Color Flame Maple tops.
Rounding out the package is our Fodera / Pope 3-band Standard Preamp and our own Fodera Dual Coil pickups. The E5S delivers deep, tight lows, transparent mids and just enough top-end to make for an incredibly balanced sonic presentation. Oh, and have we mentioned how killer the low-B is? Production models begin shipping in April of 2012...
In case you were wondering just how good these play and sound, this bass (Emperor 5 Standard 1P) has been owned and played all over the World by none other than bassist extraordinaire, Tom Kennedy
. Tom was an invaluable part of helping to finalize the specs for the production instruments.