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Deyer Oak.  Joey, Vinny and I (Jason) have lusted over this wood for years – ever since seeing a story right around the time that we first became partners about an incredibly old, highly figured tree that had been felled following a storm out in Oregon.  We saw some small blocks of it on the market over the years, but only recently were we offered a block that met our criteria in terms of moisture content (low!) and striking figure.  We purchased everything that we were offered and even still will only be able to build roughly twelve instruments with tops from this amazing tree.

In order to make this bass as tonally and visually balanced as possible, we rounded things out with an Alder body, Maple neck and Birdseye Maple fingerboard.  We really love the combination of an Alder body with a Maple fingerboard for its rich, nuanced tone that is exceptionally balanced and at home in any gigging situation.

Specs for the Deyer Oak Emperor II 5 Elite:

Body Woods

  • Emperor II
  • Alder Body
  • Ash Tone Block
  • Deyer Oak Top (solid)

Neck Woods

  • 5-pc Maple w/ Bubinga Stringers
  • Birdseye Maple Fingerboard
  • Abalone Dot Inlays w/ Tulips at 12th and 24th frets

Construction Specs

  • 34″ Scale Length
  • 5 String Configuration (19.0mm Spacing)
  • 24 Frets (Large)

Electronics Options

  • Fodera / Pope Custom 3-Band Preamp
  • Fodera Duncan Dual Coil Pickups
  • Emperor Control Layout