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Emperor 5 Standard Special



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The original Emperor 5 Standard (E5S) was designed from the ground up to provide every ounce of playability and sonic performance we are capable of delivering based on our 30 years (at the time of writing this) of handcrafting some of the finest electric bass guitars in the World.

By building just one configuration, with no options, we are able to offer the same legendary Fodera quality of our custom instruments at a very competitive price point.  Every E5S has been built right here in our Brooklyn, NY shop alongside our custom instruments by the very same people, using the very same tools and materials.

From time to time, however, curiosity and a desire to have fun and do something new gets the better of us and every so often we plan on releasing small, "Special" runs of various Standard models that offer something unique.  Perhaps a different combination of tonewoods, different electronics or different tops?  Who knows where creativity will lead us!  One thing is for certain...they will be limited in number and will sound and play every bit as well as every Fodera should!

For this first iteration of the Emperor Standard Special we opted to use a tonewood mixture that includes medium weight Ash bodies, quartersawn Hard Rock Maple necks, and Birdseye Maple fingerboards -- all perfectly complimented by gorgeous Port Orford Cedar tops.

Rounding out the package is our Fodera / Pope 3-band Standard Preamp and our own Fodera Dual Coil pickups.  This version of the E5SS delivers deep and tight lows, transparent mids, and a wonderfully bright top-end making for great slap tones and precise, percussive, articulate finger-style runs.


Emperor 5 Standard Special Specifications:

Body Wood Options

  • Ash Body
  • Port Orford Top
  • Solid Top

Neck Options

  • Birdseye Maple Fingerboard
  • 1-pc Hard Rock Maple Neck
  • Mother-of-Pearl Dots
  • 45125 Stainless Steel Strings

Construction Options

  • Bolt-On Construction
  • 34" Scale
  • 5 String Configuration

Electronics Options

  • Fodera / Pope Standard 3-Band Preamp
  • Fodera Standard Layout
  • Fodera Dual Coil Pickups

NOTE: Hardware color can be upgraded to Black for a $150 fee.


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