This weekend as part of Thomann’s Bass Day w/ Victor Wooten and to commemorate over 30 years of collaborative work with Victor Wooten, we unveiled the VW Classic Monarch Ltd.! This special bass is a nearly identical replica of Victor’s famed 83′ Monarch Deluxe. It was on that particular Fodera that Victor developed all of his unique thumb, slap, and tap techniques revered by bass players across the globe. The wear and tear from over 30 years of playing has been painstaking replicated on the VW Classic Monarch Ltd. down to every last detail by the team at Sandberg Guitars. In fact, when Victor first saw the bass, he thought we had shipped his original 83′ to Thomann!
This bass features an old growth Mahogany body, Maple tone block, 5-pc Maple / Rosewood neck with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard, and is capped with a beautiful Curly Maple top. Victor’s 83 Monarch included Shaller bridge and tuners which has been reflected on the VW Classic Monarch Ltd. For the electronics package, this bass features a set of EMG PJ pickups and has been updated with our Fodera / Pope Preamp (the original HAZ preamp is currently out of production) in the original 83′ Monarch layout. Some unique features include a rounded Dovetail neck joint, faithful body contours and neck shape to Victor’s 83′ Monarch and our classic style headstock with a wooden butterfly inlay.
Only two VW Classics Monarch Ltd.’s have been built, never to be produced again. Each bass has been played and signed by Victor Wooten and includes a certificate of authenticity. They are currently available at Thomann and can be purchased via their website by clicking here.