Fodera NYC Imperial Richard Bona five string bass, chestnut top  2016 Second Hand Bass Guitar Stock : For sale, UK, Bass Direct :: Manchester, London, Birmingham, USA, EU


Actual bass shown, please click on images to enlarge:

Maple neck - 34” scale

Bird’s eye maple fingerboard

Mother of pearl dots

Swamp Ash body

Olive top

Finger ramp

EMG 40 pickups

Emperor/Pope active 3 band eq band preamp

Gotoh Tuners

We have had the great pleasure of working with Richard Bona for over ten years.  He is one of the most wonderfully musical people we know and is constantly writing, touring, singing, recording and performing — whether on his own, as a much in demand sideman, or as a first call session player.

Interestingly, Richard’s original Fodera was actually purchased used in 1998 at the Sam Ash on 48th Street in New York City.  He was recording a session locally and wanted a five-string so that he would no longer need to de-tune his Jazz Bass.  Asking for “the best 5-string bass that you have in the store,” Richard was handed the instrument that has since become synonymous with his musical voice.  Richard calls this Imperial “Bassey.”  In the late fall of 2010, we completed an exact replica of Bassey for Richard so that he could always keep one of his beloved Foderas in his studio and tour with the other.

The Richard Bona Imperial is constructed of an all Ash body (a mixture of Northern and Swamp Ash) with a non-solid Olive top, 3-piece Maple neck and Birdseye Maple fingerboard. Both Bassey and Richard’s newest Imperial utilise EMG soapbar pickups, a Roland MIDI system and our onboard Fodera / Pope preamp (however, Richard does NOT use the tone controls, preferring to run the bass passively).  The standard configuration available for sale also includes our own Fodera / Pope internal preamp (WITH tone controls), but leaves the MIDI system as an available option.


Tel: 01926 886433

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Fodera NYC Imperial 5 Richard Bona - chestnut top, 2016 model


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  3. Second hand 2016 bass in immaculate condition with no dings or missing finish and comes with Fodera hard case. The bass has been cleaned and set up. List price £15355

  4. Weight: 4.6kg/10lb 8oz