James Genus Emperor 5 Elite

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Created alongside world renowned session bassist James Genus, the James Genus Signature Emperor is designed to offer players a go-to bass, able to cover a wide variety of styles and tones.  It has also been specifically designed with comfort in mind giving players a broken-in and familiar feel right out of the case. Blending features from two of his past Foderas, this signature model is the culmination of many smaller details leading up to a simple yet feature packed bass.

With its Ash body and Maple tone-block, this bass provides a tight and punchy low-end great for both slap and fingerstyle players. It's matched to a 3-piece Maple neck capped with an old-growth Pau Ferro fingerboard giving a smooth yet articulate attack and top end. Rounding out the woods is a solid Curly Maple top for a classic look finished in a Vintage Tint. For pickups, a set of Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil pickups were chosen for their growl and vintage correct J-bass tone. These pickups are placed in unique locations that are set to James' personal taste. Overall the pickups are placed further towards the neck achieving a fuller sounding bridge pickup tone while also providing a deep neck pickup tone. Paired with our Fodera Custom Preamp, this bass can be dialed in for just about every musical setting or situation.

Comfort, playability, and ergonomics are key features of the James Genus Signature Emperor. To achieve this, the body thickness has been reduced to 1.5" and the body edges have been greatly rounded over for extra comfort. This helps to reduce the overall weight of the bass and improve its ergonomics.  Additionally, the end of the fingerboard has been rounded over to provide extra room and a smoother surface for slapping. For the side dots, extra large Aluminum dot inlays were chosen for their high reflectivity and ease of view when navigating the fingerboard in dim stage lighting.  Finally, the bass features a custom thin-and-fast neck profile with a softer volute and rounded fingerboard edges for an incredibly fast and comfortable neck.


  • Emperor body shape
  • Ash body, Maple toneblock
  • Curly Maple topwood
  • 3-piece Maple neck w/ Pau Ferro Fingerboard
  • Available in 36″ (James Genus spec) or 34″ scale lengths
  • 24-frets (small) 19.0mm string spacing
  • Mother of Pearl dot inlay w/ Aluminum side dots
  • Modern Wooden Butterfly
  • Vintage Tint finish
  • Fodera / Seymour Duncan Dual Coil pickups
  • Fodera 3-band Custom Preamp
  • Gold Hardware

***The List Price for this instrument is $9,950 and after your $2,000 Deposit, you will have a remaining balance of $7,950 plus shipping. To review our full payment policy click here. 

By placing a deposit here you understand that we will make every effort to complete your instrument as soon as reasonably possible. For estimated delivery date, please contact info@fodera.com.

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