For 2017 NAMM bass #5 we decided to build something of a “throw-back”.  This 5-string Elite was built with the body shape of the original Contrabass, Anthony Jackson’s first signature Fodera.  While the shape was later replaced with Anthony’s Presentation and Presentation II hollow-body, the AJ Contrabass shape remains a memorable piece of Fodera’s legacy.  The instrument features a Mahogany body, Swamp Ash tone block, and Bocote fingerboard.  Bocote is not a common fingerboard material for us, but it is dense and similar to Ebony in tone.  Combined with the other woods on this creates a rich and punchy tone with a powerful, low end, aggressive, growling mids, and crystal-clear highs.

To go along with the “old-school” Fodera vibe of the AJ Contrabass body shape, we chose to give this build a hand-rubbed oil finish, as well as a gorgeous Flamed Mango solid-top and a Bocote wood and Mother of Pearl butterfly!


Body Woods
• AJ Contrabass
• Mahogany Body
• Ash Tone Block
• Flame Mango Top (solid)

Neck Woods
• Bocote Fingerboard
• 5-pc. Maple Neck w/ Ebony Stringers
• Blank Inlays

Construction Specs
• Neckthrough Construction
• 34″ Scale Length
• 5 String Configuration (19.0mm Spacing)
• 24 Frets (large frets)

Electronics Options
• Fodera / Pope 4-Band Standard Preamp
• Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil Pickups
• Standard Control Layout