I just picked up this 2008 Fodera Emperor II Elite and wanted to offer a quick review. It’s a 25th anniversary model, and features a very rare private reserve figured swamp ash top, which is practically unheard of. It’s also got a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard (hard to come by these days, since it hasn’t been exported from Brazil in 40 years), a mahoganybody, and an alder tone block, as well as Duncan dual coils and the Mike Pope Preamp.
Most of this wood has been on hand at Fodera since theshop started, and In fact the story is that the Mahogany was from the same block used on Victor Wooten’s Monarch Classic, arguably the bass that made the company! I bought this bass after only hearing a few clips, but based on what I knew about the wood combination suspected it would suit me perfectly.
I am pleased to report it’s exceeded my expectations in all areas; tone, versatility, aesthetics, and ergonomics. I am floored by the quality and have to say that I have found that Fodera’s reputation as the world’s top bass maker is deserved given this particular bass. I think this marks the beginning of finally having an electric tone that feels like it’s really my voice and I’m looking forward to putting it to use.
Here’s some quick samples of some classic tunes. I’m still getting used to the string spacing etc but I think this is promising to say the least.
THIS BASS IS FOR SALE CURRENTLY AT AUSTIN BASS TRADERS IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN IT!