The journey from concept to the Emperor II Hybrid has been long and complex, but we are very excited to be offering (for the first time), our patented Hybrid design in a more affordable package that delivers a truly unique combination of tone and playability.
Based on our flagship instrument, the Presentation II, the Emperor II Hybrid, shares the complex internal structure, and many other vitally important design nuances that make them truly unique and sonically stunning instruments. The Emperor II Hybrid, however, features a reduced body size and scale length that not only makes the instrument more player-friendly but also enables it to be comfortably played on a strap. Tonally, it is frankly impossible to adequately describe exactly how a Hybrid sounds. It is expansive with rich sustain, depth, nuance, and is incredibly even throughout its entire range. Deep, thundering lows give way to clear, rich mids, and bright, articulate highs with a piano-like quality. In addition, this model features our Fodera/Pope Custom Shop 3-Band Preamp for added tonal flexibility paired with one Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil Pickup. We are thrilled with the way the instrument sounds and plays!
-Choice of 19.0mm bridge 5-string or 17.5mm bridge 6-string
-3 1/8th-inch thick premium Alder hollow-body with laminated Alder back
-3-piece Red Oak neck
-Choice of Flame Koa, Flame Maple, Curly Walnut or Holly flat (non-carved) top
-Fodera Custom Shop Bridge (Brass)
-One (1) Duncan / Fodera Dual Coil pickup (2 Dual Coil option available)
-Pope / Fodera Custom Shop 3-band Preamp
-Straplocks (so the bass may be played in standing position)
-Retail Price = $17,500
Born in Newcastle England in 1975, Tony Grey has one of the most singular and dynamic voices on the bass guitar today. Having played bass with an incredibly varied and talented group of people including the pop group Bliss, John Mclaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz and Hiromi (to name just a few), Tony is also a talented composer and multi-instrumentalist that has recorded three solo albums since 2004. We have had the great pleasure of working with Tony since 2003 and although he is predominantly known for his work on our six-string instruments, as part of his incredible series of instructional books and videos entitled the Tony Grey Bass Academy he had us build him a 4-string Monarch Elite. He loved this spec so much that he commissioned us to build a six-string version of it to become his "official" Tony Grey Signature Model.
With its 33" scale and 17.5mm bridge spacing, the Tony Grey Signature Monarch is our most compact regularly built six-string instrument. The body, made of Walnut, is capped with a solid Birdseye Maple top, three-piece Hard Rock Maple neck, a Flame Maple Tone Block and a Macassar Ebony fingerboard to generate the warm yet clean, bright tone that helps Tony to define his signature sound. A pair of Fodera / Seymour Duncan Dual Coil Pickups and a ramp complete the model that proudly bears his name.
-6-String, 33-inch Scale Length
-17.5mm bridge spacing
-Birdseye Maple Top (Solid) & Ramp, Walnut Body, Flame Maple Tone Block
-3-piece Hard Rock Maple Neck, Macassar Ebony Fingerboard
-24 Large Frets
-Mother of Pearl Dot Inlays
-Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil pickups
-Pope / Fodera Custom Shop 3-band Preamp, Monarch Control Layout
-Retail Price = $9,035
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