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The Imperial Series (our 3rd single cut design) was first produced in late 1989.  The very first Imperial came about through a collaboration with our dear friend and notable N.Y.C. session ace, Lincoln Schlieffer.  Lincoln, intrigued by the then-new single cutaway concept, asked if we could design yet another unique style of single cutaway bass.

The result of course: The Imperial.  One of our most versatile styles, the Imperial is our most compact standard single cut body style.  It can be built in all scale lengths and wood/pickup combinations.

Other wonderful bassists who play an Imperial include Lincoln Goines, Richard Bona, and Anthony Wellington… just to name a few.


Frequent specs for the Imperial include:

Body Wood Options

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

Neck Options

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

Construction Options

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

Electroninc Options

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


Complete Customization of All Specs is Available