Fodera proprietary preamps are designed to react to both the individual playing style and musical setting any player may ever find themselves in. Combining 30+ years of real-world feedback and engineering by Fodera artist Mike Pope, our preamp showcases the true tone of the instrument rather than coloring it. Utilizing up to 4-band of EQ with carefully selected frequency points, Fodera preamps offer players enhanced flexibility and with 18v of power, provide ample headroom from clubs to stadiums.
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 it was designed by bassist Mike Pope. Our current preamp is made up of two discrete modes, one passive and one active and are optimized to work with each other seamlessly.
Bass - 12db cut and boost at 46Hz or 90Hz
Treble - 15db cut and boost at 6kHz or 10kHz
Midrange - Switchable between low and high mids via the Mid Selector switch. Low Mids: 12db cut and boost at 330Hz or 473Hz. High Mids: 15db cut and boost at 1kHz or 1.8kHz.
18v Battery SystemOur Custom preamp is powered by 18v which provides more than ample headroom for even the most nuanced playing situation. When in passive mode, the preamp will draw little current in order to guarantee a longer battery life when your preamp is entirely active.
True Passive Tone Control
3-Band EQOur Standard Preamp comes with 3-bands of EQ which have been carefully selected to offer a neutral sonic palette. It is a highly musical sounding preamp that is designed to enhance rather than color the natural tone of your bass.
Low Noise Floor, Premium Components, 18v System
Our Standard Preamp is built using ultra premium components based around an 18v system. The combination of these elements create not only a reliable preamp but also one with a very low noise floor and clean and powerful output.
Adjusting Your Preamp:
One of the unique features of your Fodera’s Active Preamp (beginning with the 2009 version) is the ability to customize its tone shaping abilities according to your personal taste. The preamp is found in the back cavity of your instrument. You must remove the backplate. Do this by removing the four screws that hold it in place. Please click on either of the following buttons to download the proper instructions for the model year of your preamp. Unfortunately, during early 2010, there was some overlap between the versions of the preamp, so you might need to look at both sets of instructions to find the one with the same hardware as your preamp.