Yin Yang Family of Basses
Since 1983, Fodera and Victor Wooten’s collaborative relationship has led to some of our most iconic designs and innovations, namely our coveted Yin Yang instruments. After sometime with his coveted 83’ Monarch Deluxe, Victor wanted a new Monarch bass but this time incorporating a Yin Yang symbol. His request was to have a Yin Yang “somewhere on the instrument” and left it up to Vinny to decide where it should go. At the time Vinny acquired some new blocks of Holly wood, which ironically is the name of Victor’s wife. As creativity would have it Vinny incorporated a Yin Yang on the entire face of the instrument while also paying homage to Victor’s family. While technically challenging, the Yin Yang quickly became one of our most iconic designs featured in both our Custom and Standard line of basses.
Below, we’ll dive into the various Yin Yang models that are currently available.
Victor Wooten Signature Yin Yang Deluxe
For his third signature fretted Yin Yang, Victor sought to have an instrument that offered a broader and unique range of tones. Earlier this year Victor visited the shop to demo various possible tonewood combinations and selected the combination of a chambered Walnut body with a Red Oak neck and Ebony fingerboard. Tonally this instrument delivers deep, rich, articulate lows with wonderful presence and piano-like clarity in the upper register. In addition, the chambering to the Walnut body can definitely be heard and adds just the right amount of “air” to the overall sound.
While Victor historically has been known for using an EMG PJ pickup set, for this new bass he opted for our proprietary Fodera / Seymour Duncan Dual Coil pickups, matched with our Fodera / Pope 3-band Custom Preamp. Designed in collaboration with Seymour Duncan, our passive Dual Coil pickups provide a punchy and focused tone with a natural and smooth upper midrange.
The top for Victor’s new Yin Yang features hand-joined Spalted Maple and Ebony. The Ebony fingerboard is beautifully adorned with Mother-of-Pearl dot inlays and a large Spalted Maple dot centered between the 23rd and 24th fret completing the Yin Yang design. The instrument’s Dovetail neck joint provides the punch and direct response of a bolt-on while allowing for uninhibited access to the upper frets.
The Victor Wooten Signature Yin Yang Deluxe is only available direct through Fodera Guitars by clicking here.
Yin Yang Custom
The Yin Yang design can be incorporated into any of our existing models as a Custom instrument. From our double cutaway Monarch to our single-cut models, such as the Imperial, we can build a Yin Yang top for a Custom bass or guitar using virtually any combination of topwoods and build specs. Custom instruments with Yin Yang tops are only available for purchase direct through Fodera. If you’d like to learn more about a Yin Yang for your Custom build, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yin Yang Standards
Since 2011, the Yin Yang Standard has been our most popular Standard model. Based on Victor’s personal instruments, the YYS Series incorporates their core build elements including their tonewoods, specs, and electronics. To achieve the signature Yin Yang top, the design is painted onto the topwood instead of joining two pieces of wood together. These basses are crafted from exactly the same materials as all of our custom made instruments to ensure you get that legendary Fodera playability and tone — at a price that is considerably less than a Victor Wooten Yin Yang Deluxe.
Yin Yang Standard Series I
Based on Victor’s original Yin Yang Deluxe, this bass features an Alder body, Flame Maple topwood, and a 3-pc neck matched to an Ebony fingerboard. Tonally this bass delivers warm and round lows, slightly scooped mids with an articulate top end. The electronics include a set of EMG P/J pickups and our proprietary Fodera/Pope Standard 3-band preamp which together make for a modern yet flexible sounding instrument.
Our YYS Series I is currently available through Sweetwater.
Yin Yang Standard Series II
This instrument is modeled after Victor Wooten’s most played Yin Yang Custom, which features a Walnut body, Yellowheart top, and a Maple neck with an Ebony fingerboard. The electronics include a set of EMG P/J pickups and our proprietary Fodera/Pope Standard 3-band Preamp. Tonally, this bass has a tighter low end, compressed midrange with a percussive quality to the notes and an articulate top end.
Yin Yang Standard Special
Available exclusively through Sweetwater, the Yin Ynag Standard Special is built using the same specifications as Victor’s current signature bass, featuring a semi-hollow, premium Walnut body, Spalted Maple topwood, and a Red Oak neck, capped with an Ebony fingerboard. Tonally this instrument delivers deep, rich, articulate lows with wonderful presence and piano-like clarity in the upper register. In addition, the chambering to the Walnut body can be heard and adds just the right amount of “air” to the overall sound. For the electronics it features a pair of our proprietary Seymour Duncan dual-coil pickups alongside our proprieatry Fodera / Pope Standards 3-band preamp.
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