Golfers are easy sells. Tell them something will improve their game, and they'll buy it. Every golfer has a drawer or shelf or cabinet in his house, garage, or workshop, where he keeps (hides) these useless testimonials to a). what a lousy golfer he is and b). what a sucker he was to pay real money for empty promises. The same can be said of bass guitars. If you expect a 5 or 10 thousand dollar bass to make you a better player, or if you think anyone in the world will be able to tell the sonic difference between it and a $600 Roy Vogt Carvin bass, you're deluding yourself. The difference, then, is craftsmanship. If you want a bass that not only sounds great, but is, in itself, a work of art, then the price-tag may be warranted. One such bass is the Monarch Standard fretless, handmade by Fodera (not Fedora) of Brooklyn. Is it a sonic marvel? Judge for yourself. Is it a work of art? Most definitely.
1-pc Red Oak Neck/ Ebony FB
Figured Walnut Top
Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil Pickups
Fodera / Pope 3-Band Standard Preamp
34-Inch Scale, 24 Large Frets, 19.0mm Spacing
Black Fodera 19.0mm Standard Bridge
The Monarch is one of Fodera's production models. They'll also build you a 100% custom axe. Just tell them what you're looking for - and be prepared to say "price is no object!"