Pedulla Nuance 5, Quilted/Spalted maple top, 2010 Second Hand and Ex-demo Bass Guitar Stock :: Bass Direct : For sale, UK, EU, London, Manchester, Birmingham Warwick, USA


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Pedulla Nuance 5, Quilted/Spalted maple top, 2010


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  2. Secondhand 2010 bass that has been fully cleaned and set up with new strings, featuring: high grade quilted/spalted maple top, soft maple body, satin finish, maple bolt-on neck, Ebony f/b, active Bartolini 2 band eq, Bartolini pickups hard case. (£3750 new price) A great opportunity to acquire one of these famous basses in superb 9.5/10 condition. The bass comes with a double iGig gig bag and has had a recent pro set-up.

  3. Weight: 4.4kg, 9lb 13oz

  4. Actual bass shown, click on images to enlarge;

BODY: Soft Maple back, Choice of Tops (Maple Burl, Arbutis Burl, Red Heart Quilted Maple, Redwood Burl, Spalted Chestnut)
NECK: Bolt-on
SCALE LENGTH: 34 inches
FINGERBOARD: Special grade of Ebony
NUT: Bone
TRUSS ROD: Single, double acting adjustable with two stiffening bars
STRINGS: .045, .065, .080, .100, .128
WEIGHT: 8.5 lbs to 9 lbs.
HARDWARE COLOR: Choice of Black, Chrome or Gold
BRIDGE: Machined brass
MACHINE HEADS: M. V. Pedulla/Gotoh
PICKUPS: Made for MV Pedulla by Bartolini, 2 Custom Soapbars
ELECTRONICS: Active, Bartolini
CONTROLS: volume, pan, treble & bass boost/cut, mid boost/cut toggle
FRETTED OR FRETLESS: Fretless fingerboard available with or without lines or coating.
FINISH: Satin Oil/Urethane

The Nuance is the newest addition to our line of bass guitars and is proudly handmade in the U.S.A. by Michael Pedulla. The aptly named Nuance was designed as a responsive extension for the player's artistic and tonal subtleties and techniques, melding the sonic attributes of a neck-thru (strong fundamental, quick attack, focus, and increased sustain) with the more familiar classic warmth of a bolt-on. It has been fully field tested with a number of Pedulla Artists, including Tim Landers, Mark Egan, and David Buda.  Tim Landers used the Nuance live and in the studio and sums up the sound as:

"It exudes a boutique quality but with a much more useful array of tones. A bass that not only sounds fantastic on its own but remains punchy and distinct even through a dense mix, a winning combination for me!

The Nuance bass was created by Michael Pedulla using his collective knowledge of  the acoustic interactions of woods and design:  A bolt-on-neck design was selected for its warmth;  a soft maple back with stunning Maple Burl, Arbutis Burl, Red Heart Quilted Maple, Redwood Burl, and Spalted Chestnut tops that add to the distinctive high end and low mids;  a hard maple two-piece quarter sawn neck for clarity and stability;  and a unique grade of ebony for the 22 fret fingerboard, which adds a midrange that contributes to the clarity and ability to cut in a dense mix.  A fully adjustable brass bridge and the standard Pedulla tuning gears round out the hardware.  The electronics are powered by two custom-voiced Bartolini humbuckers, complemented by an on-board active tone system which includes controls for volume, pickup pan, bass boost and cut, treble boost and cut, and a midrange boost and cut switch, all powered by a single 9 volt battery.

 Other features include an ebony back plate, easy access battery box, and the truss rod/stiffening bar design that is used in all Pedulla basses.  A Pedulla oil/urethane finish tops it off (optional gloss finish available).

Available as 4-string or 5-string, and 6-string (5-string and 6-string available with 17.5mm or 19mm string spacing).  Options include choice of AAA Flame Maple, AAA Quilted Maple, Maple Burl, Arbutis Burl, Red Heart Quilted Maple, Redwood Burl, Spalted Chestnut, AAAAA Flame maple, or AAAAA Quilted Maple top and choice of black, chrome, or gold color hardware.

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.


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