The Imperial Select offers players the comfort and tone of our renowned Imperial single-cut design in an approachable package and price for every kind of player. An instrument that allows effortless playability, comfort and ergonomics, and the ability to dial in the right sound for every gig. To achieve this every element and component of the Imperial Select was carefully chosen by our team and selected using real world feedback from our players and artists. Combined with its color finishes, the Imperial Select delivers on tone and looks.
Tonewoods: The Imperial Select features hand-selected Alder bodies matched with our tried-and-true 3pc Maple neck and old-growth Pau Ferro fingerboard, seen on our popular Emperor and Monarch Standard basses. This combination provides players with a classic full and warm tone yet still has the ability to be articulate to cut through a dense mix. It’s an overall balanced tone that allows the bass to cover a wide variety of sounds.
Pickups and Electronics: Our proprietary Fodera / Seymour Duncan Dual Coils have been widely revered for their vintage correct single coil tone and for providing a punchy and focused tone with a natural and smooth upper midrange in dual coil mode. With its unique pickup placement, the Imperial Select can capture 60’s style growly bridge pickup tones while also having the full bodied sound and attack for slap style playing. Matched with a specially tuned version of our Standard preamp, the Imperial Select EQ centers have been chosen to compliment the natural tone of the bass while still allowing needed tonal flexibility.
Comfort and Ergonomics: The Imperial Select feature a slimmer body profile allowing the instrument to be both lighter and provides greater comfort whether on a strap or while siting. With its extensive body contours the Imperial Select is one of our most comfortable single cut basses to date.
Price – $8,700
- Imperial body shape
- Neck-through neck joint
- Alder body and toneblock
- Figured Maple topwood
- 3-pc Maple neck w/ a Pau Ferro fingerboard
- 34″ scale, 24-frets, 19.0mm string spacing
- Fodera Standard preamp
- Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil pickups
- Standard control layout