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Introduced in early 1984, the Emperor Double Cutaway 5 and 6 string basses were among the first regularly produced contrabass guitars in the world.  The ergonomic contouring and asymmetrical body design has helped to make the Emperor 5 and 6’s the best selling double cutaway basses in our lineup. The Emperor 5 and 6 string basses, which are perhaps our most versatile models, are available in a wide variety of options to create a bass uniquely suited to your playing needs.

Some of the more notable players of the Emperor Series include Marcus Miller, James Genus, Anthony Wellington, Joey Lauricella, Mike Pope, Kenny Davis, Tommy Shannon… the list goes on and on.


Frequent specs for the Emperor include:

Body Wood Options

  • Mahogany, Alder, Ash, or Walnut Body
  • Wide Variety of Topwoods
  • Solid or Non-Solid

Neck Options

  • Indian Rosewood, Ebony, Birdseye Maple, or Pau Ferro Fingerboard
  • 3-pc Hard Rock Maple Neck
  • Mother-of-Pearl or Abalone Inlays

Construction Options

  • Bolt-On, Dovetail, or Neck-Through Construction
  • 33″, 34″, 35″, or 36″ Scale Length
  • 4, 5, or 6 String Configuration

Electronics Options

  • Fodera / Pope Custom 3-Band Preamp
  • Fodera Emperor Control Layout
  • Wide Variety of Pickups Available

Complete Customization of All Specs Available