Our NAMM instrument #5 for 2018 is a Viceroy 5 Elite.  First used for Mike Pope, the Viceroy body shape combines our Emperor and Monarch body shapes to create a best-of-both-worlds shape which has become a customer favorite in recent years.  Keeping with that spirit, we spec’d this instrument out using some of the new and interesting materials that we have received in the past few years as well, such as the Roasted Ash body, Black Limba Korina tone block, and Burmese Sal top.  Tonally, this instrument is tight and punchy, with a dark, thunderous low end, snappy, articulate highs, and a natural mid-scoop.  This instrument begs to be played in a big setting, where it can cut through the mix and be a rock-solid support to a big band or a choir, but it also shines in a quiet setting.
Visually this bass bring a lot to the table, with a highly-figured Burmese Sal solid top complete with matching pickup covers and a 5A Birdseye Maple fingerboard with Black Pearl block inlays for a gorgeous and refined look.


  • Viceroy
  • 5-string
  • 34″ scale length
  • 24-frets (large), 19.0 mm string spacing
  • Neck-through
  • Burmese Sal top (solid)
  • Roasted Ash body
  • Black Limba toneblock
  • Birdseye Maple fingerboard, Black Pearl block inlays
  • 5-pc Maple w/ Wenge stringers
  • Fodera / Pope Custom 3-band preamp
  • Emperor control layout
  • Fodera / Seymour Duncan Dual Coil pickups