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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 30 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 30 years (and still uses it).
We were lucky enough to attend the Fodera Anniversary party in L.A. back in January 2008. Victor Wooten played a soulful set and showed his beaten up '83 Monarch bass. We still remember Victor's words. He said "Thanks" to the Fodera team a million times and stressed the fact that that he would not have been the player he is without those basses. You can see his original bass here:
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 beautiful flamed maple top, and the 3 piece rock maple neck comes with an impressive piece of Indian rosewood for the fingerboard.
Electronics are active EMG P/J set plus the new and improved Pope 3 band preamp with added Passive Tone and Mute (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. The notes just seem to jump out of the fingerboard. Play any Victor Wooten line and you'll be in heaven.
What's amazing is that if you are not into active pickups and don't care about tapping or slapping, this bass is just about perfect for any other style be it hard rock or trad jazz. The dynamic range is simply awesome. You can go to whisper-like playing to really heavy hitting, and the bass will just reproduce that perfectly. This is not a bass you have to fight against; quite the oppositte: it seems to play for you. Now, that's inspiring!
You can actually use any playing technique you can think of and the bass will respond effortlessly time after time.
We always say that a better bass won't make you a better player in 5 minutes, but actually when you own a bass that's so easy to play, rewarding and inspiring, you end up practicing more than ever, and that really makes you a better player.
Pricewise a Fodera is always quite an investment but let us share our thougths about this: these are the best basses in the world. Nobody makes them better, and they've been perfecting them over the last 30 years. No experiments or mistakes here. Just think of much you've spent on mid range basses over last years and be honest to yourself: did you own a bass that was really inspiring and made you a better player? Buy a Fodera, stop wasting money and start enjoying and impriving from the first day.
Every Fodera model is different. Which one os for you? We strongly recommend you visit us and test our stock of Fodera basses. This will allow you to discover YOUR Fodera bass. If visiting us is not an option, we'll be more than happy to assist you over the phone or via email. We can send detailed pictures and really get in depth about basstalk. We are specialist!