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Deposit for a Richard Bona Imperial 5 Elite

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Deposit for a Richard Bona Signature 5 Elite

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 utilize EMG 40J  pickups. The Richard Bona Signature Imperial comes standard with our Fodera / Pope internal preamp and a MIDI system is available to install at an up-charge.

Specifications for a Richard Bona Signature 5 Elite:

  • Ash Body
  • Olive Top
  • Non-Solid Top
  • Birdseye Maple Fingerboard
  • 3-pc Hard Rock Maple Neck
  • Ebony Dot Inlays
  • Neck-Through Construction
  • 34″ inch scale, 24 large frets, 5-string
  • 19.0mm string spacing
  • Fodera / Pope Custom 3-Band Preamp
  • EMG 40J pickups

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By placing a deposit here you understand that we will make every effort to complete your instrument as soon as reasonably possible. The List Price for this instrument is $11,175 and after your $2,000 Deposit, you will have a remaining balance of $9,175 plus shipping. To review our full payment policy click here. 

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  1. Exactly what you'd expect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Feb 2016

    I was fortunate enough to visit Brooklyn, NY and stopped by Fodera to try out some basses. I played this bass and was totally blown away. I had never in my 28 years of playing ever played an instrument so expressive and responsive! Unfortunately at the time I could not make the purchase and it was sold to another gentlemen in Fla. As the bass gods would have it, 3 months later I found him online and we were able to agree on terms so I could once again hold this magnificent instrument again! I could not be happier with the bass. The EQ allows a tonal pallete equal to no other. The neck is a work of art. The sustain is unimaginable.
    Needless to say I truly believe this particular Fodera and I were meant to be together. Do not mistake "standard" for "sub-anything". The same effort and care and love go into these instruments as the customs they build. Truly fantastic instruments. I cannot say enough about this company.

    I owe them more than they could ever know, it was this instrument that has allowed me to advance my playing to a higher degree than I ever thought possible!

    Thank you Fodera. Thank you all for all that you do for us... the unknown bassist.

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