Pedulla bass, penta buzz, MVP,  thunderbolt, thunder, rapture, nuance guitars for sale- UK Basses specialist Warwick, Made in the USA, hand built, Bartolini, at Bass Direct


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Stainless 45/65/80/100 *          £19 + £4 OUT OF STOCK

Stainless 45/65/80/100/128*    £25 + £4 OUT OF STOCK

Nickel 45/65/80/100 *               £19 + £4 OUT OF STOCK

Nickel 45/65/80/100/128  *       £25 + £4 OUT OF STOCK

Nickel 30/45/65/80/100/128  *  £29 + £4 OUT OF STOCK

Stainless 30/45/65/80/100/128  *  £29 + £4 OUT OF STOCK

Pedulla Strap Black -              £55 + £4 OUT OF STOCK

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* String sets we use on our basses - (we use steel on fretted and nickel on fretless) Taperwound on B, E, A, D strings

After all of the complexities and parameters of bass construction (design, woods, hardware, electronics, etc.), a bass is really only as good as the strings.

Tension, focus, attack, and tone can be manipulated with string material, core, diameter and consistency of wraps, tension of wraps, number of wraps, etc.  We find there is no need to use a B string that is the size of your home electrical service.  Working closely with a string maker, we settled on a design that provides even tension with responsive attack and focus throughout the entire range.  An important part of the design is the tapered core that goes over the bridge saddle.  The Pedulla string tapers to one wrap at the bridge saddle (on the B, E, A. and D), which allows the string to focus rapidly on the fundamental and “make the bend” over the saddle with a precise angle, while keeping the tension just right.

A critical element in all Pedulla sets is the string to string balance.  Tight multiple windings of specially chosen metal provide a robust lively sound, from the low B string to the high C. All too often, both bass makers and string makers tend to overemphasise the importance of the “B” string (to the point that it becomes the only string on the bass) while ignoring the string response and balance in the upper registers (especially evident on six-string basses). Good strings must also be able to respond to the players touch.  That touch is what gives a player their own sound.  A single bass technique no longer exists, as the modern bassist explores all possibilities.  Pedulla strings maintain a warm finger sound while responding in a biting and furious fashion when slapped – and reacting to everything in between.  Pedulla’s stainless steel strings are designed for maximum punch, power, and bottom with a bright, wet attack.  The nickel strings are voiced in a calmer, sweeter fashion with rich overtones overlying the tight bottom end.  Both types are available as 4, 5, and 6-string sets in various gauges.

Pedulla/Levys custom Strap - 3.25" wide, 35 - 48” long, made from highly padded leather, top-of-the-range strap from Levy's - available in black

All Pedulla instruments are proudly handcrafted in the U.S.A. using the finest woods, electronics, hardware, and building techniques.  We do not offer (nor have we ever offered) any “import” models. Each and every Pedulla bass is made here in our shop in Massachusetts by me, Michael Pedulla.

Unlike many other bass companies, we are in the business of making “instruments”, with the belief that an instrument is a tool which allows the artist to express their soul, their character, as their art, without limitation.  If the instrument is rewarding and encouraging, it leads us to want more, learn more, express more, and play better.

We do not believe that these qualities are found in mass production. Creative designs, solid tools, skilled hands,  passion for what you do, and a big helping of whatever it is that makes us individuals, is what makes great instruments. It is the very same qualities that make great musicians.

Designing and building instruments has always been my passion. After 40 years of experience I can honestly say that the basses are, without question, the best they have ever been.

My years of experience help, however, it takes more than that. Without evolution and growth there is no point to life, no value in who we are, or in any thing we do. Achievement lasts only seconds before it becomes the past. It’s what we do in the present that counts, in any art, form or function, and life itself. One can never rest on past achievement.  Each and every new bass is made to these standards, start to finish. I never settle. I can always do better, and I strive to do better with every bass.

 The hands now know inherently what to do. Neck shapes are not measured, the hands remember, they are measured to feel.  Sculpting, fretting, sanding, finishing… all exacting and unforgiving. Yet once the techniques are ingrained, one goes above the science and technique, and enters the art.  Like musicians, you work very consciously on techniques and develop tools and strong foundations. At some point, somewhere down the road, those tools and techniques become so refined that you no longer actively think about them. That’s when the magic happens. At this level of performance, you are able to get the inside out, imparting soul and character in your craft. There are those people that have great technique, yet lack the art, the magic. Magic hits you square between the eyes, you can’t define it, but you know it when you see or hear it.  It comes from deep within and it's always unique. It lives in the instrument and becomes totally yours... the feel, the sound, and the soul. This is the essence of a true instrument.

Through all the turmoil and pleasures, twists and turns life has brought me, the one constant for the throughout the years has been building, always challenging me, on good days and bad. Life experience, top of the world to bottom of the barrel, absolutely influences your art. Without it, it’s all technique, and no soul. 

Tangible improvements include a new technique for better fingerboards, improvement to the truss rod system, larger and better inventory of wood, additional steps in blending, finish preparation, new finishing techniques that accentuate the wood figure (and also result in a smoother and more lustrous finish), improved electronics, and many other details too numerous to mention.

Although I have always made every Pedulla guitar, I spent numerous years training, supervising and managing production workers (none of them were actual ”luthiers”, each just worked on various parts of the basses - i.e. some did lumber cutting/woodwork, some did wiring and installing electronics etc). I have returned to building every bass 100% by myself, which makes for more limited production but allows me to put all of my focus and energy on each bass I make (without any distractions) and the result has been the best basses ever to have the Pedulla name.