June 13, 2024

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Our first guitar in our Masterbuilt series is inspired by Art-deco stylings featuring original-design brass inlays through out. Often times a design and theme is determined independently of the instruments specifications. In this case, a unique Zircote top from our wood library was discovered which in turn inspired the art-deco theme. Some common themes among Art Deco pieces are clean, geometric or stylized lines, contrasting color and shape, and the use of man-made as well as natural material. The Zircote top reflected many of these qualities and inspired the use of brass to contrast the gold, black, and brown tones of the wood. The inlay, designed by Emily Krohn, features a mosaic center and symmetrical wings on inset in a flamed Ebony fingerboard and tailpiece complementing the brass inset on the tailpiece. This guitar also features a set of custom hum-cancelling P-90 pickups, signed and wound by Lindy Fralin. These pickups have a bold midrange and bright top end characteristic of single coil P-90s but with a thicker low end in a sleek black nickel cover. For tonewoods, Masterbuilt-Art Deco features a one-piece Mahogany body with a 9-pc Mahogany / Rosewood / Maple / Ebony neck capped with a flamed Ebony fingerboard delivering warm lows, growling mids, and a bright articulate top end.


  1. Imperial Guitar
  2. Semi-Hollow
  3. Dovetail
  4. 24.75′ Scale Length
  5. 22 Frets, large
  6. Mahogany body
  7. Zircote topwood
  8. 9-pc Mahogany / Rosewood / Maple / Ebony neck
  9. Ebony fingerboard
  10. Master Volume / Tone control with a 3-way pickup selector switch
  11. Brass Inlays

Fodera Guitars 2018 NAMM Instruments

Each year, we design and build a number of Custom instruments specifically to showcase at the NAMM Show, one of the largest music trade shows on the planet. Since these custom instruments are not built for specific customers, the entire team is given a chance to be involved in the design process. The team split into several groups, and each group is charged with working with the partners to design one of our 2018 NAMM Custom Instruments. We have a great time designing these truly unique and outstanding instruments, showcasing the passion of the individuals who make up our small company!  We’re also very excited to introduce our first Masterbuilt for 2018, the Imperial “Art Deco” guitar! Our first guitar in our Masterbuilt series is inspired by the Art-deco stylings of the 1950’s featuring original-design brass inlays through out and features custom made pickups by Lindy Fralin.

These instruments will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis by contacting [email protected]. Also, if you are attending NAMM this year, stop by our booth (#4627) and say hi! We’ll have all of our NAMM instruments on display and members from the Fodera team including Laura, Phil, Jordan, and Wil will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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