I met and worked alongside Joey Lauricella and Jason DeSalvo of Fodera while managing Basschat’s corner at the London Bass Guitar Show in March 2014. The guys were helping out at Bass Gear’s stand, showing their creations and talking about bass-building to existing and potential customers, and Basschat was sharing stand space with Bass Gear.
The whole of that weekend was hard work – if great fun – and I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to Joey and Jason very much. So in July, when I hit New York City, I made a point of calling their Brooklyn shop and asking to be on one of Fodera’s quick guided tours of the workshop – it was an opportunity not just to say hi in a more relaxed environment but also to learn more about one of the highest-end luthier companies in the world.
The workshop has a front area, where most of the refinishing work is carried out, and a back area – currently being refurbished – where bass bodies, necks and fretboards are created from actual pieces of wood.
The area at the back of the workshop is being refustibished and will no longer look like this by the time you read this blog, but the awesome woods stored there will still have pride of place!
More from the back of the workshop:
Adjacent to the workshop there is a demo room for visitors and returning customers, and in there, the GAS is turned up several notches!
Well, all I can say is, my bank account is glad that there were no lefty models on display this time, so my ever-increasing GAS couldn’t take me over on the spot. I definitely intend to go back to the Fodera workshop the next time I’m in town, though, which means I’m not out of danger yet… We shall see 😉