I am often asked “who makes your bass and what are the specs”? This article addresses those questions about the Koa 6 and provides a brief history of it’s development.
My Koa 6 string bass was made by Fodera Guitars in New York City and is the most important instrument I’ve owned. It is totally customized to my body and solo playing style, reflecting over 10 years of trial and error with different basses.
The first bass I played was my father’s old Fender Jazz Bass when I was very young. Since then, I have always preferred offset bodies like Jazz Basses because of their balance and ergonomic playing angle. Fodera’s Emperor body is similar to a Jazz but with improvements like a lower horn shape that grips your leg and a deeper cutaway for better fret access.
The woods I chose for this build were Hawaiian Acacia Koa top, chambered walnut body, ash tone block, ebony fingerboard and a maple neck. This combination of woods produces a clear, full tone with rich mids ( read about tone woods ). The 33″ scale and 17.5 mm string spacing opens up chording possibilities and offers economy of motion.
The Koa 6 has the sound and feel I’ve always dreamed of in an instrument thanks to Fodera working closely with me during the build. I am truly grateful to play this bass; it consistently inspires new music. So far, I have used this wonderful instrument on my albums Year in Review, Peace Project, & Hypnagogery.