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Why do your instruments cost so much?

In large part, the fact that they are handcrafted, custom made instruments is what dictates our costs. In order to maintain the quality and high standards we hold ourselves to, we put in an incredible number of person hours to create each a instrument from boards of wood to bass guitars. Also, we pride ourselves on using only the most premium raw materials when building instruments, which can be costly more often than not. We also believe in paying out employees fairly and ensuring that they have benefits like health insurance and a 401(K) plan.

Why is the wait time for a Fodera Instrument so long?

There are a combination of reasons. First off, working with natural, raw materials, we must make make sure that they are properly dried and prepped before using them. During the build process, we have to leave time in between some steps in order to avoid any warping, cracking, or otherwise undesired results. That said, the large majority of the wait for a Fodera is because we are a small shop that only wants to build as many instruments as we can build exceptionally well. This limiting of our production means some of the wait time is due to  "waiting in line" for our craftspeople to work on your instrument. We outsource nothing in the building of our instruments, nor will we.

Can you take pictures of my Fodera instrument in its build process and send them to me?

Due to our production process and limited staff, no we cannot take pictures of the entire build process. However, for all Custom instruments, we will take one photo of your bass after it's final sanding and email it to you. After that, there will be six additional photos of your bass upon completion posted to the Newborn Section of our website. 

What do I have to do to become an Endorser?

The review process is started by you sending a resume, a sample of your music, and a brief letter explaining why you want to be a Fodera Endorser to us at service@fodear.com. The three partners, Vinny, Joey, and Jason, will review your submission and determine if it merits an endorsement. Please understand that we are a very small shop with limited finacial resources and so unless you (or your band) are regularly on TV and/or filling many very large venues, there is little we can do beyond offering discounted pricing.

Do your endorsers pay for their instruments? 

There are different levels of discounts we give to endorsers for our instruments, including no charge in some very rare cases. Becoming a Fodera Endorser does not mean you get a free bass automatically. Being an endorser involves having a working relationship with us. By receiving one of our instruments at a discount, no matter what the discount is, it means that you represent us, promote us, and support us. If we feel that an endorser does not represent us in a way we see fit, we reserve the right to reclaim our instrument.

What do I have to do to become an Authorized Fodera Dealer?

You can contact us at sales@fodera.com, detailing why you want to become a Fodera Dealer and where you are located. Becoming a Fodera Dealer means you must support all of our product lines, including our Custom Models, Standard Models, and Electric Bass Strings.

Which part of on instruments construction affects its overall tone the most? The least? 

While all components are important in our opinion, the choice Body wood of the instrument has the biggest impact on tone, the choice Neck wood is second in order of importance, and the Fingerboard, while still very significant, would be third.

Do the different body shapes have an impact on the sound of the instrument?

It can, depending not so much on the body shape, but structural style. For example, an Emperor Elite body shape will not sound significantly different from a Monarch Elite Body shape, if all other aspects are equal (i.e. tone woods, pickups, etc.). However, a single cut body such as the Imperial shape will provide slightly more sustain to the notes since more of the body is making contact with the neck.

How does the scale length impact the tone of the instrument?

A longer scale length creates a higher tension in the strings at a given pitch which produces a more robust sound on open strings, especially the E and B strings.

What differences in sound are there between the different neck constructions? 

The theory goes, a Neck-Through construction has the most sustain, a Bolt-On construction has the least sustain. The Dovetail construction lies somewhere in between the two. In the summer of 2012, we decided to put this theory to the test and built three virtually identical basses with one distinct difference: the Neck Construction! We then lent them to our friend and Fodera Artist, Matt Garrison to record with all three basses so we could actually listen to the differences. You can listen to these recording for yourself on our SoundCloud page!

How can I register my Fodera instrument?

You can register your Fodera instrument by signing up for Club Fodera, going to the My Account menu, and going to the "Your Account Details" link. Here, you can add all the information for your Fodera Instrument! Create a Club Fodera Account today!

What is the benefit of registering my Fodera instrument?

By registering your Fodera instrument, you are entitled to order custom parts directly from us. You also have the opportunity to join Club Fodera Newsletter, and stay up to about Fodera news, events, promotions, and opportunities.

What is included in a Fodera Tool Kit?

There are two tool kits available: the Custom Tool Kit (for all of our Custom basses and Matt Garrison Standards) and the Standard Tool Kit (for our Standard Basses, except for the Matt Garrison Standards). Every Tool Kit comes with a Truss Rod remover, a Truss Rod adjustment tool, and a Bridge Saddle Hight Adjustment tool.

They also come with instructions on how to adjust your Fodera Dual Action Truss Rod, a Fodera Instrument Warranty (for new instruments), a Control Layout Guide, instruction on how to register your instrument, and Customer Case Information (for new instruments).

How can I sell my Fodera instrument back to Fodera?

You can sell your Fodera instrument back to us via our Certified Pre-Owned program. We only accept instruments that are in "like new" condition. To find out more about our Certified Pre-Owned program, go here!