Fodera Welcomes Mike Bendy to the Fodera Artist Roster!
Local NYC bassist Mike Bendy is no stranger to the Fodera family. In fact, Mike was a part of the team during Fodera’s early years at the Brooklyn shop and we’re excited to now have him as a member of our artist roster! Mike has played for many artists including Kenwood Dennard, Gavin DeGraw, Jean Michel Pilc, Sean Wayland, Roy Hargrove, James Muller, Alex Foster any many others. Currently you can hear Mike alongside Felix Pastorius in their group Hipster Assassins which blends influences of rock, jazz, fusion and more with the dueling bass sounds of Mike and Felix. Being longtime friends and bandmates, Mike and Felix each bring a unique sound and dynamic to the group, while seamlessly blending with each-other’s rhythms and bass lines. This New York City based band was formed in 2010 by Felix and also features Chris Ward on saxophone, Kenny Grohowski on drums, and John Bendy on guitar and can be heard monthly at NYC’s famed 55 Bar.
Recently we completed Mike’s new Spruce Imperial 6 Elite which has many unique features. The instrument features a hybrid of body shapes, utilizing the bass side of our Imperial Mini-MG and the treble side of our Imperial shape. Mike chose this to make the bass as compact and light as possible while still maintaining a 34″ scale length. It also features a unique combination of tonewoods including a presentation grade Sitka Spruce top over an Alder body / Mahogany tone-block, paired with a Red Oak neck and an Amazon Rosewood fingerboard. Tonally this bass is warm and smooth with a round tone and sweet sounding treble. As a nod to early Fodera basses, this instrument has our classic wooden butterfly inlay on the headstock and mother-of-pearl tulip inlays on the 12th and 24th fret. Finally, the electronics have been modified to allow the inside coil of the bridge pickup engaged when in single coil mode, allowing for an even fuller sounding bridge pickup tone.
“…I envisioned a bass combining all the latest Fodera innovations sprinkled with some of my favorite and classic trademarks. I always loved the look of the early wooden butterflies with the tulips at the 12/24 frets. Victor Wooten’s famed #37 is the prime example of that timeless and classic Fodera look. Also, I’ve always been a sucker for the Imperial single-cut design which has always resonated with me. Furthermore, I always loved how compact Matthew Garrison’s upper horn was on his personal basses which is reflected in this instrument. Pickup-wise, 60’s position pickups have always been the most pleasing to my ears and this bass takes that tone to the next level. After playing one of Jason’s personal basses (#3000) and hearing that pickup configuration and coil-tap function, it was a no-brainer to feature it on my personal bass. I am so very pleased with how amazing this instrument turned out!” – Mike Bendy
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