Since 1983, the heart and soul of Fodera Guitars has been custom basses.  Our team of luthiers combine over 30 years of innovative design, building, and real world playing experience to handcraft a custom bass guitar suited for your individual playing style and working needs.  With customizable options for exotic wood combinations and custom color finishes, to custom neck profiles and fret/scale combinations, the possibilities for your custom instrument are nearly endless.

We understand that ordering a custom bass can often be an intimidating process.  At Fodera, we work one-on-one with you during the process to help determine the perfect specs for your needs.  Wondering what the tonal differences are between Alder and Walnut?  Looking for a specific figured top wood with a certain scale length?  No problem!  Our team will personally work with you to make sure every spec is just right!

Need a little help or inspiration?  Check out our Recent Builds Gallery .  There you can explore woods, finishes, inlays, models, and more.  Below are our available body shapes, neck joints, neck joints, pickups and electronics, and tone wood options to help get you started on your Custom bass build.  If you’d like to receive a quote for your potential build, visit our Custom Quote page and one of our team members will get back to you with an accurate price and help to further guide you through the build process.

You can also work with a Fodera dealer of your choice to design and refine your ideas.  Our experienced Fodera dealers will work with you and guide you through the entire build process.  You can see a full list of our dealers here.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact



Emperor II


Imperial MG

Imperial II

AJ Presentation Shape


AJ Contrabass


This option offers a very quick and direct response while also allowing for the full character of the body wood to shine through. (Not available on Emperor II, Imperial, Imperial MG, Imperial II, or AJ Presentation Body shapes)


Our Deluxe (dovetail) option shares the same quick and direct response of a bolt-on but also allows for uninhibited access to the upper register. (Not available on Emperor II, Imperial, Imperial MG, Imperial II, AJ Presentation Body shapes, or 6 string models)


Our Elite (neck-through) option has a very immediate response, easy access to the upper frets, but also allows you to further sculpt your desired tone by utilizing various heel block and body wood combinations.

Our Custom basses are available in any style pickup configuration featuring proprietary pickups from Seymour Duncan, EMG, and Lindy Fralin, as well as a variety of other pickups from Aguilar and Nordstrand. All of our basses come standard with Passive electronics with the option of upgrading to our custom Pope/Fodera 3-Band Preamp in our Monarch or Emperor Control layout. Click below to learn more about our proprietary pickups and our custom Fodera / Pope Preamp.

Every Fodera is crafted using the finest tone woods available from our vast wood library. In addition to classic body woods such as Alder,Ash, and Walnut, exotic hardwoods such as Korina, Mahogany, and Black Limba are also available. Our guitars can be topped with beautifully figured exotic wood (view some examples by visiting our topwood gallery) or in classic retro colors such as those from our Standard Classic series.



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