I bought this bass in 2013. We share the same birthday April 24. The odds against this are 365 – 1! Here is the info from the Fodera site.
What makes this Fodera bass particularly unique is that it is one of just several “Essence” basses that we built using no top woods. Sporting a Swamp Ash body and Northern Ash neck, with a Maple tone block, and Indian Rosewood fingerboard, this understated beauty has to be heard to be believed. Simple, stunning, and sonically powerful, all qualities that truly are the essence of Fodera.
This wonderful Imperial 5 Elite features an Ash body, Maple tone block, and an Indian Rosewood fingerboard. Tonally, this instrument has a powerful, punchy tone with a super warm and deep low end and great clarity! Another key feature of this bass is the Ash neck, which adds a bit of extra warmth and “snap” to the tonal palate. It also happens to look fantastic!
Specs for the Imperial 5 Elite:
2009 Fodera Imperial Elite Essence .
Maple Tone Block
No Topwood (Solid Ash Body)
Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
Birth Date – April 24 2009
34″ Scale Length
5 String Configuration (19.0mm Spacing)
24 Frets (Large)
Fodera / Pope Custom 3-Band Preamp
Fodera / Duncan Dual Coils
Matt Garrison Control Lay
This is a compilation of some of the UK’s finest acoustic guitarists from the Transatlantic catalogue. I played with Isaac Guillory and drummer Tony Hicks on this CD. The tracks were originally released on an album called “Guitar Workshop”. Tony and I did a lot of live work with Isaac in the 70’s & 80’s playing a kind of folk/jazz fusion.
Isaac Guillory “Folk Roots” 1978
“The Harmonica According To Charlie Musselwhite”.
This is a CD reissue of an album recorded for Kicking Mule and produced by Stefan Grossman in 1977.Guitarist Sammy Mitchell, drummer Jeff Rich and myself were booked for 3 days to record basic tracks. Charlie’s tracks were done in a day and a half: mostly first takes with no rehearsal. The other day and a half were spent on an album for Sammy on which Charlie guested. The tracks were recorded in an old church. When Charlie got back to the US he commented that recording in England was like “playing in someone’s garage”. Our directions from Charlie were “play with a blues feel” and “when I put my finger up we end the tune”. This made things easy. Charlie is a very warm person and this comes across in his playing. I used an Alembic Series One bass for these sessions.
The Harmonica According To Charlie Musselwhite 1978
Arthur was always fun to work with. Drummer Charlie Charles , percussionist Eddie Edwards and vocalist Aliki Ashman from Casablanca also played on the album. This album has been reissued as a CD in Europe .I don’t think the CD was released. I think it escaped and went into hiding, as I have not been able to find a copy for myself.
Arthur Brown “Dance” 1978