FODERA Emperor 5-String Elite


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Introduced in early 1984, the Fodera Emperor Double Cutaway 5 string basses was among the first regularly produced contrabass guitars in the world.  The ergonomic contouring and asymetrical body design has helped to make the Emperor 5 one of the best selling Fodera double cutaway basses. The Elite model has a neck-through configuration and features the following

  •     Mahogany, Alder, Ash or Walnut Body
  •     3-pc. Hard Rock Maple Neck
  •     4, 5 or 6 String
  •     Fodera / Pope 3-Band Preamp
  •     Flame Maple Top (Solid)
  •     Mother-of Pearl or Abalone Dot Inlays
  •     Indian Rosewood, Ebony or Pau Fero FB
  •     33", 34", 35" or 36" Scale Lengths
  •     Fodera J/J, Fodera/Duncan J/J or Fodera/EMG P/J or J/J Pickups

Like other Fodera models a wide variety of custom options are available

Specifications (17)


Body materialalder body, ash body, mahogany body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body top materialquilted maple body top


BridgeFodera bridge


Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsclear finish
Finish effectssatin finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings5 strings
Scale length35 inches scale-length


Neck jointset neck
Number of frets22 fret
Nutsolid brass nut
Tuner layoutthree-up-two-down


Pickups brand and modelBartolini pickup(s), EMG pickup(s), Lane Poor pickup(s)


Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

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