What is the current built time for a new Custom instrument?
The current build time for a new custom build is 8-10 months.
Can you take pictures of my Fodera instrument in its build process and send them to me?
Due to our production process and limited staff, no we cannot take pictures of the entire build process. However, for all Custom instruments, we will take one photo of your instrument after it’s final sanding and email it to you. After that, there will be additional photos of your bass upon completion posted to the Recent Builds gallery.
What do I have to do to become an Endorser?
To be considered for an endorsement, please send us your resume, a sample of your music, links to your website and any social media related pages, and a brief letter explaining why you want to be a Fodera endorser to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I have to do to become an Authorized Fodera Dealer?
You can contact us at email@example.com, detailing which of our product lines you would like to carry and where you are located. A member of our team will contact you with a detailed outline of dealer requirements for each of our product lines.
Why is your logo a butterfly?
When Vinny and Joey first started the company, they contemplated several different ideas for a logo. Working through the various options, they hit upon a butterfly. Vinny hand illustrated a butterfly with a stylized “F” for the body. They decided to run with the idea, and took it a step further by naming their instrument models after different butterflies: the Monarch, the Emperor, and the Imperial. Fodera in Italian means a case or a covering. Butterfly in Italian is farfalla.
How can I register my Fodera instrument?
You can register your Fodera instrument by signing up for Club Fodera, going to the My Account menu, and going to the “Your Account Details” link. Here, you can add all the information for your Fodera Instrument!
What are your shop hours?
We are open to customers Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, unless otherwise stated on our website.
Do I need to make an appointment to come to the Shop / How can I make an appointment?
Yes, all visits to the shop are by appointment only. Due to the demands of our production schedule we require an appointment ahead of time, at least one (1) day in advance. You can make an appointment either by phone, 718-832-3455, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I demo your instruments at the shop?
Yes you are more than welcome to visit and demo our instruments. To schedule an appointment please contact email@example.com.
Do you give shop tours?
Due to the fact that we are a working wood shop, we do not offer regular shop tours.
I need to bring in my Fodera instrument for service.
If you are bringing your Fodera instrument to the shop in person, all appointments must be made at least one day in advance. You can make an appointment by contacting us via phone at 718-832-3455 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an international customer, please contact us via email to let us know where you’re located, what kind of service you on your Fodera instrument, and photos of any issues related to the bass. You are responsible for all shipping costs for your instrument.
Do you work on non-Fodera instruments?
No, we only service Fodera instruments.
What is a Plek machine?
A Plek machine is a type of CNC machine that levels the frets on an instrument. We now use it for most of our fretwork. The benefit of using the Plek is that it is both more precise than we can be as humans and it allows our skilled luthiers to work on other more artistic and important tasks. You can schedule a Plek for your Fodera by contacting us via phone at 718-832-3455 or email us at email@example.com. Note: International Customers are responsible for all shipping costs.
What is your stance on CNC and Plek machines?
We acquired our first CNC machine in the summer of 2010 and our second in early 2012. The first is what people typically associate with a CNC machine in guitar manufacture — one that is set up to do repetitive tasks like cutting the basic shape of body blanks and necks. The second is our Plek machine which we have set up to do fret work and some leveling of our fingerboards.
We chose to use our CNC machines to replace some of the mundane, basic and repetitive tasks that our very skilled luthiers would have to take their time doing that added no value to the final instrument. In regards to the balance between hand-crafted wood working and CNC assistance, what we believe is key is where we decide to STOP using the CNC and employ real, highly-skilled labor. We use our CNC for rough carving our instruments and then leave plenty of latitude (i.e. extra wood) for our luthiers to finish the shaping. As a result, everything we build are very much handmade instruments.
What is Club Fodera?
Club Fodera is a special club where you can get exclusives Fodera Newsletters, Deals, Events, and more! Sign up for Club Fodera here.
What is included in a Fodera Tool Kit?
There are two tool kits available: the Custom Tool Kit (for all of our Custom basses and Matt Garrison Standards) and the Standard Tool Kit (for our Standard Basses, except for the Matt Garrison Standards). Every Tool Kit comes with a Truss Rod remover, a Truss Rod adjustment tool, and a Bridge Saddle Hight Adjustment tool.
They also come with instructions on how to adjust your Fodera Dual Action Truss Rod, a Fodera Instrument Warranty (for new instruments), a Control Layout Guide, instruction on how to register your instrument, and Customer Case Information (for new instruments).