This is a stunning bass, I bought new a Pedulla ET5 Cocobolo, Gold Hardware, Bartolini Pickups Plus
Thunderguts Low-Mids Boost Switch, 19mm String Spacing, Comes with original hard case
Not looking to trade
Price does not include shipping, I will only ship fully insured or can be collected locally
I am considering selling my 1994 Pedulla Pentabuzz bass. I bought this bass in late summer 2017 through Basschat, and owning one was a goal and a dream come true but the reality is, I always tend to grab a fretted bass first. A change is as good as a rest, so I thought I'd offer this up tentatively for sale or trade to see if anything should take my fancy (fretted basses only).
This 1994 Peacock Blue Pedulla Pentabuzz comes with the original branded hard case, which is well-used but in good working order. The bass also comes with the Pedulla truss rod tool, though aside from having the bass set up a year ago, I haven't needed to use it.
The bass comes with the proprietary Bartolini electronics, namely a P/J pickup set and active preamp (controls for balance, volume and active tone control). The bass is 34" scale, with the original gold hardware. The wings are solid flamed maple and the fretboard is ebony, coated with the proprietary Pedulla Polyester treatment. It looks like glass and gives a distinctive tone. I'm not sure on the weight, and despite it's relatively small proportions it isn't a lightweight instrument due to the maple body. The balance is excellent, testament to Michael Pedulla's excellent design. Edit: weight as per the listing when it sold through Bass Direct is 4.7kg.
The bass is in good condition though has obviously been a player rather than a case queen. This is reflected in the price. Before I had the bass, the previous owner had it cleaned and set up. The notably thin Pedulla clearcoat had worn in a few places on the body and neck, these were sealed over and feel as smooth as satin. There are a few small minor dings, and the control knobs are a little worn and slightly stiff (I never touch them, but I expect anyone with a desire to do so could take them off with an Allen key and lubricate inside, if not replacing outright).
The bass plays very well with a low action, and I have adjusted the pickup height to balance the volume. When I bought the bass, the bridge pickup was notably quieter than the neck pickup, though since I never use the neck pickup when playing this was a quirk that I didn't address for some time.
I can ship in the UK and Europe at the buyer's cost and with adequate insurance. I will entertain any trade offer as I don't have anything particular in mind other than a thought that I would find more use for a fretted bass than a fretless. I do have a particular fondness for anything with a bit of graphite in it, but other than that I am open to ideas.
A few pictures (including some from when it was sold at Bass Direct before I got hold of it).
I had wanted to inquire with the knowledgeable sorts around here about who I shold entrust to fit a new nut to my 1994 Pedulla Pentabuzz. I have had it for nearly two years now and still enjoy regularly playing it. However, the nut is not original and I find it is perhaps a little shallow on the G string. The bass went to the Jaydee workshop before I bought it for inspection and setup and it has always played nicely, but I would prefer a better nut in there (there is some glue visible on the edge of the neck where the new nut was set in, I'm picky, I know!). Since the nut does not appear to the be original, I am not precious about changing it for something that is cleaner looking.
Ideally I would have sent the bass to the Sei workshop at The Gallery in Camden but that is just not practical as I don't really want to post it, if I can avoid it. I live in Northumberland, not all that far from Hexham and Newcastle Upon Tyne. The closest respectable workshops to me are probably Overwater in Carlisle and then ACG in Moffat. Does anyone have any other great ideas on this?
I typically prefer brass nuts but I'm not yet sure what I'd spec on the Pedulla - maybe black graphite on this particular bass. I'm no wizard on setup and the bass plays very cleanly with a really low action which suits me just fine but I could just fancy a little more depth on the nut at the G string. The slot that has been cut there is barely more than a scratch on the surface of the nut!
I look forward to your replies and advice.
NOW SOLD! 🍻
FOR SALE this really great 5 strings PEDULLA RAPTURE PJ-5 of 1994, made in U.S.A. Very light Plain soft maple body, Maple neck and Birdseye maple fretboard, with abalone dots. Tortoise pickguard. Cherry Red sunburst finish. Matched headstock. Original 2-band active preamp with Bartolini RB-PJ pickups. 19mm strings space. 34" scale. 22 frets. Including Schaller strap locks and Maruszczyk soft case.
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Photos of the bass here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gC-b7HXWKni0xTaaeF_82gWxUmESeMj3
A little test of the instrument here: Flat preamp on board, fingerstyle technique, mixed output GR One/XY Zoom Q8 mic w/Alusonic 112 cab: I recommend listening with headphones!
Total weight about 4.2Kg (personally measured).
Setup and rectification of fingerboard by an expert luthier, wonderfully resonant woods, perfectly functional, good conditions, The body has a couple of irrelevant scratches on the pickups cover and on the back side which don't compromise the sound of the instrument, made due to normal wear and tear. The trussrod allen wrench has an european standard size.
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