Fodera guitars make only high end basses from their shop in Bkrooklyn, NY. The level of customization they offer is impressive but they are aware that many customers don't need too many extras and would rather save some money. That's the whole idea with the Standard Series. These basses are made by the same people at the same place than the rest of Fodera basses but are closed spec instruments, meaning Fodera can build them in batches, optimizing the use of tools and materials.
This is the Emperor Standard model and we can safely say it is the most versatile model within their lineup. It has been designed to be a true workhorse for the touring bassist who needs a lot of different sounds, including those trademark tones from the 60's and 70's as well as modern tones.
This model in particular sports an amazing two tone flamed maple top finished in see thru black which makes for a nice contrast with the maple fingerboard.
Fodera chose a 1 piece swamp ash body with a bolt on maple neck (and maple fretboard) to ensure a lot of attack but don't worry if you prefer warmer tones, as these are also easy to pull out of the instrument by tweaking the controls.
The new Hipshot bridge ensures stability and maximum resonance.
Fodera/Duncan Dual coils have been chosen for their excellent sound and versatility. They sound and perform like true single coils in that mode (amazing 70's punch, especally considering this a 24 fret-5 string bass) while offering a more compact sound in humbucking mode, perfect for soloing with the bridge pickup. The sound in passive is to die for, but the Mike Pope designed preamp adds a lot of possibilities with zero noise, a lot of headroom and ultra musical sound. The low B is just perfect in volume and definition, and this comes from a 34" bass.
This might well be the last bass you will need. Test it and you will check that this bold statement is true.