our proprietary electronics have been designed to get out of the way and let your unique tonal palette shine through...
Our electronics packages on both our Custom and Standard instruments provide for both Passive and Active options. Which option a player finds most useful really depends on any number of factors related to the playing situation -- the room, the rig a player is going through, their playing style. What we personally prefer is not what matters most to us. Our goal is to provide tools that allow the people that we are building instruments for to find the best way of expressing themselves. That said, in working with Mike Pope to design our preamps, we were insistent (and Mike completely agreed) that you should not have to EQ something to death in order to get a great sound. In an ideal world, a great circuit should be able to be played pretty close to flat and still sound really musical.
The Fodera Custom Shop Internal Preamp
The Fodera Custom Shop Internal Preamp is made from the finest components available. It was conceived jointly by Joey Lauricella and many of the great players who are part of the Fodera Family and designed by bassist Mike Pope. The Fodera Custom Shop Internal Preamp is ONLY available from Fodera and only to players owning Fodera Custom Shop instruments.
Completely redesigned and improved in early 2009, our current preamp is made up of two discrete modes, one passive and one active. They are optimized to work with each other seamlessly. The PDF below is a guide to not only these modes, but to the different switches, frequency options, layout, and more.
Guide to the Fodera Custom Shop Internal Preamp
The Fodera Standard Internal Preamp
The Standard Internal Preamp was designed by for us by Mike Pope to be a flexible, affordable alternative to the Fodera Custom Shop Internal Preamp used in our Custom and Standard Instruments. Offering full three-band (bass, mids and treble) functionality, a flexible control layout and a neutral sonic signature, the Fodera Standard Internal Preamp is built from outstanding materials and offers unmatched value. This preamp can be used in either active or passive mode.
For more technical details about our Standard Internal Preamp, view this PDF.
To see the Overview of the Standard Internal Bass Preamp components, click here!
The majority of our instruments are built with passive, "old-fashioned" pickups (either dual or single coil). These use a combination of two different kinds of Alnico magnets and vintage-style copper wire. We also offer EMG pickups, which are active and, to our ears, more modern sounding. These are built with a proprietary blend of ceramic magnets. The important thing for us with either kind of pickup is that they are not colored tonally, so that they allow the different woods we use to be clearly heard.
With that said, we offer a vast variety of pickups to suit the needs of all different kinds of players. Our instruments come standard with your choice of Fodera Single Coils, Seymour Duncan Single Coils or EMG's (P/J or Single Coils). Available options (at additional cost) are Fodera Dual Coils (1960's or 1970's wound), Seymour Duncan Dual Coils, or EMG Soapbars.
Note: Single coil pickups hum. When a humbucker is tapped and used in single coil mode it also hums unless it is blended with another pickup via the blend control.