Introducing our brand new Monarch 4 Fretless Standard. After receiving numerous inquiries over the past several years about offering a fretless as part of our Standard line-up, we finally decided on a set of specifications that we felt would be up to the task!
The Fretless Standard features a Walnut body, Ebony fingerboard and quartersawn, one-piece Red Oak neck. The result is a warm and smooth, yet beautifully articulate fretless tone. Red Oak, being a strong but fairly porous wood, has many tiny air pockets that act as "resonating chambers," enhancing the "growl" of the instrument.
When it came time to test the prototype, we were thrilled with the result. From both a tone and playability standpoint, this is an absolutely wonderful instrument and, like our other Standards, comes at a more affordable price point than our custom instruments while retaining all of the Pro-Player tone, feel and reliability that you'd expect from Fodera.
This first run of the M4FS will only consist of 15 instruments, all of which will have a figured Walnut top coming from the same piece of Claro Walnut -- different than the piece used on the prototype but equally stunning and tonally delicious! Be sure to place a deposit and reserve yours today as there are precious few of the first fifteen still available!