Few basses can be called true classics, but this is one of them.

From their shop in Brooklyn, New York, Vinnie Fodera and Joey Lauricella have been making some of the best basses in the world for the last 25 years. When they started as a brand back in 1983 Joey spotted a young bassist with an amazing technique and musiciansip that was in need of a better instrument. They saw Vic's potential and decided to loan him a bass that he could pay little by little. That instrument became Victor's tool to develop his amazing technique, and he has been using it extensively for the last 25 years (and still uses it).

We were lucky enough to attend the Fodera Anniversary party in L.A. in January 2008. Victor Wooten played a soulful set (with a Spanish drummer girl!) and showed his beaten up '83 Monarch bass.

The bass you see here is named the Victor Wooten Classic, beacuse it is made exactly like the original (except no Kahler tremolo)

The instrument has a set neck with Fodera's trademark heel-less body joint. This gives the bass a perfect mix of sustain and attack, both of which are needed to get Victor's tone (his fingers do not come included though!!).

The mahogany body has a jaw dropping 5A quilted maple top, and the 3 piece rock maple neck comes with an impressive piece of Indian rosewood for the fingerboard.

Electronics are EMG P/J set plus Pope 3 band preamp with added passive tone and On-Off plus Active/Passive switches.

This is one of these cases where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The VW Classic might be the easiest to play bass in the market today, and the tone is absolutely amazing: deep but clear lows, warm midrange and sweet treble. Play any Victor Wooten line and you'll be in heaven.

Use any technique you can think of and you'll check for yourself that the bass performs effortlessly and just sounds amazing. Dynamics are incredible, so you can go to whisper-like playing to really heavi hitting, and the bass will just reproduce that perfect. This is not a bass you have to fight against; quite the oppositte: it seems to play for you. Now, that's inspiring!

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Type of construction: glued in heel-less neck.

Scale: 34"

Frets: 24 (jumbo type)

Body: Mahogany

Top: 5A Quilted Maple

Neck: 3 piece hardmaple

Fingerboard: Indian rosewood

Headstock: matching

Finish: satinad, transparent

Tuners: Gotoh (Black)

Bridge: Fodera NL

Pickups: EMG P/J

Circuit: Fodera/Mike Pope 3 band with Active/Passive and On/Off switches

Fodera Monarch Victor Wooten Classic

Fodera Monarch Victor Wooten Classic

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