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Company typePrivate
IndustryMusical instruments
FoundedBrooklyn, New York (1983; 41 years ago (1983))
FounderVinny Fodera and Joey Lauricella
HeadquartersBrooklyn, New York
Area served
ProductsBass guitars
OwnerVinny Fodera, Joey Lauricella, Jason DeSalvo
WebsiteFodera - Official site

Fodera is an American manufacturer of electric bass guitars in Brooklyn, New York. Vinny Fodera and Joey Lauricella launched the company around 1983 after dissolving their working relationship with Ken Smith Basses. The company also manufactures a limited number of electric guitars each year; Fodera's first official instrument was a guitar.

Inlaid butterfly on Fodera headstock.
Victor Wooten with a Fodera bass.


Fodera instruments are made with an inlaid butterfly on the headstock of most basses. Other features include an atypical single-cutaway design, an ash neck and exposed dual-coil pickups with wood covers. Bartolini pickups with PJ and JJ configurations are also available on certain models. These Fodera instruments also have 5 or 6 strings on them.

Fewer than three thousand Fodera instruments have been manufactured since 1983.[citation needed]


  • Fodera Monarch
  • Fodera Emperor
  • Fodera Emperor II
  • Fodera Imperial
  • Fodera Imperial II (formerly known as Fodera BeezElite)
  • Fodera NYC

Signature products[edit]

The company also makes "Signature series"-basses, based on some of their players' personal instruments. The following models are available:

  • Fodera Victor Wooten signature Monarch (Classic [1] or YinYang [2] versions)
  • Fodera Anthony Jackson Presentation Contrabass[3]
  • Fodera Lincoln Goines signature Imperial[4]
  • Fodera Matthew Garrison signature Imperial[5]
  • Fodera Tom Kennedy signature Emperor II[6]

Notable players[edit]

James Genus with Fodera bass


  • Roberts, Jim (May 2003). American Basses (First ed.). Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-721-8.
  • Tony Bacon; Barry Moorhouse (June 1995). The Bass Book. Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-368-9.
  1. ^ a b "Victor Wooten '83 Classic". Fodera. Archived from the original on November 1, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Victor Wooten Yin Yang 4 String". Fodera. Archived from the original on October 31, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Anthony Jackson Presentation Contrabass Guitar". Fodera. Archived from the original on November 1, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Lincoln Goines Imperial". Fodera. Archived from the original on November 3, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Matthes Garrison Signature". Fodera. Archived from the original on November 1, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Tom Kennedy Signature Emperor II". Fodera. Archived from the original on November 1, 2010.

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