The Monarch Select is designed from the ground up to be your go-to 4-string bass. An instrument that allows effortless playability, comfort and ergonomics, and the ability to dial in the right sound for every gig. To achieve this every element and component of the Monarch Select was carefully chosen by our team and selected using real world feedback from our players and artists. Combined with its striking satin Sunrise Burst finish and Buckeye Burl and Aluminum “F” logo, the Monarch Select delivers on tone and looks.
Tonewoods: The Selects feature hand-selected Alder bodies matched with our tried-and-true 3pc Maple neck and Pau Ferro fingerboard, seen on our popular Emperor and Monarch Standard basses. This combination provides players with a classic full and warm tone yet still has the ability to be articulate to cut through a dense mix. It’s an overall balanced tone that allows the bass to cover a wide variety of sounds.
Pickups and Electronics: Our proprietary Fodera / Seymour Duncan Dual Coils have been widely revered for their vintage correct single coil tone and for providing a punchy and focused tone with a natural and smooth upper midrange in dual coil mode. With its unique pickup placement, the Select series can capture 60’s style growly bridge pickup tones while also having the full bodied sound and attack for slap style playing. Matched with a specially tuned version of our Standard preamp, the Select’s EQ centers have been chosen to compliment the natural tone of the bass while still allowing needed tonal flexibility.
Comfort and Ergonomics: The Selects feature a slimmer body profile allowing the instrument to be both lighter and provides greater comfort whether on a strap or while siting. With its extensive body contours the Selects are one of our most comfortable basses to date. Additionally, the Selects use our Dovetail neck joint providing the punchy tone of a bolt-on with the comfort and upper fret access of a neck-through.