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About the Shop

Why is your logo a butterfly?

When Vinny and Joey first started the company, they contemplated several different ideas for a logo. Working through the various options, they hit upon a butterfly. Vinny hand illustrated a butterfly with a stylized "F" for the body. They decided to run with the idea, and took it a step further by naming their instrument models after different butterflies: the Monarch, the Emperor, and the Imperial.

Does Fodera mean butterfly in Italian?


No, Fodera in Italian means a case or a covering. Butterfly in Italian is farfalla.

Do Vinny and Joey still work on the instruments?


Yes! Both Vinny and Joey still are heavily involved with the production process of all the instruments.

Do I need to make an appointment to come to the Shop?


Yes, all visits to the shop are by appointment only. Due to the demands of our production schedule we require an appointment ahead of time, at least one (1) day in advance.

How can I make an appointment?


You can make an appointment either by phone, 718-832-3455, or email service@fodera.com.

Are you open on the weekends?


No, we do not have any weekend hours. We are open to customers Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, unless otherwise stated on our website. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Do you give shop tours?


Due to the fact that we are a working wood shop, we do not offer shop tours.

I need to bring in my Fodera instrument for service.


If you are bringing your Fodera instrument to the shop in person, all appointments must be made at least one day in advance. You can make an appointment by contacting us via phone at 718-832-3455 or via email at service@fodera.com. If you are an international customer, please contact us via phone or email to let us know what work you need done on your Fodera instrument and when you plan on shipping it to us. You are responsible for all shipping costs for your instrument.

Do you work on non-Fodera instruments?

No, we only service Fodera instruments.

What is a Plek machine?


A Plek machine is a type of CNC machine that levels the frets on an instrument. We now use it for most of our fretwork. The benefit of using the Plek is that it is both more precise than we can be as humans and it allows our skilled luthiers to work on other more artistic and important tasks.

What is your stance on CNC and Plek machines?


We acquired our first CNC machine in the summer of 2010 and our second in early 2012. The first is what people typically associate with a CNC machine in guitar manufacture -- one that is set up to do repetitive tasks like cutting the basic shape of body blanks and necks. The second is our Plek machine which we have set up to do fret work and some leveling of our fingerboards.

We chose to use our CNC machines to replace some of the mundane, basic and repetitive tasks that our very skilled luthiers would have to take their time doing that added no value to the final instrument. In regards to the balance between hand-crafted wood working and CNC assistance, what we believe is key is where we decide to STOP using the CNC and employ real, highly-skilled labor. We use our CNC for rough carving our instruments and then leave plenty of latitude (i.e. extra wood) for our luthiers to finish the shaping. As a result, everything we build are very much handmade instruments.

How can I schedule a Plek for my Fodera instrument?


You can schedule a Plek for your Fodera by contacting us via phone at 718-832-3455 or email us at service@fodera.com. Note: International Customers are responsible for all shipping costs.

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