Pedulla Buzz: Why do they sound so good?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bigcatJC, Aug 31, 2012.


  1. bigcatJC

    bigcatJC

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    Is it the materials, or they way it's assembled? Maybe the skill of the luthier?

    The necks are 3 piece maple, neck-through. Nothing unique there. Flame or quilt maple body wings. Ebony fingerboard. Plenty of those in bassland. I know the finish on the fingerboard has to play a big part, but these basses just sing and sustain forever. And the low B on the Pentabuzz is easily the best I've heard on a fretless - on a 34 inch scale.

    So does anybody know what the magic fairy dust is that they use in the Pedulla shop?
  2. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Supporting Member

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    It's just Michael magic! It is all the above plus the Taperwounds help, a bone nut, and I also think the ABM roller bridge contributes. The polyester finish Michael uses is pretty key. Ummm, the all maple body is pretty dense and helps sustain. The reason they are the best is because they ARE the best!
  3. phillybass101

    phillybass101 Supporting Member

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    IMO they are the standard to compare with in any boutique fretless bass discussion. If you buy or acquire one, there is no question about what kind of tone, sustain, or mwa you are going to get out of it.
  4. svtb15

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    I have played pedullas since about 1987 when i did some major tours..
    The craftsmanship is second to none.... Meticulous, and perfect in everyway.
    I sold tehm except for one at this time but want to get another one day soon.
    MVP5 -Deluxe
    MVP5 - AAAAA Quilt
    Two Buzz basses in Flame Maple
    A THUNDER bass 5
    and a Series II 5 String

    My favorite Pedulla is the MVP.. It just fits the body right.. AND to me is the most comfy neck that i have ever played to this day....
    And even I have a hard time chipping up the finish on them...
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  6. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

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    While I can't speak to the fretless aspect, Pedullas are simply awesome and DO have the most comfortable necks. Plus, the customer service is absolutely stellar, Christine is amazing!
  7. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

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    Michael has pretty much nailed the epoxy over ebony "Jaco" sound better than anyone. He really knows his woods and has been building this design for nearly 35 years, so he's got it down. They were (and still are) the standard for Studio Fretless Bass in Nashville at least.
  8. smcgov

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    I have a rapture and it's just a great sounding bass.

    here's a kickazz player getting into one
  9. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Supporting Member

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    +1. Yes she is!!! I've already spoken about my PentaBuzz, it is unmatched and irreplaceable except for maybe a color change!!
  10. bassbenj

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    My theory is it's in the electronics. I considered buying one once. When you first play it it's just amazing. The tone just jumps out at you and it's a great constructed bass. But after a while fooling around, I sort of decided that the electronics that gives you the great tone, also limits the range you can get out of the bass. So I didn't buy it. I know a dude who has one and if you love that basic tone, it will put you in heaven.
  11. svtb15

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    Thats Scary!!!:eek::eek::eek::eek: Tough job.. but somebody had to do it


    That bass was great ... Micheal P later converted it to the first Soap Bar Pedulla basses. Pre Thunderbass.
    It was much fatter sounding then.

    There is no hiding these days..

  12. fraublugher

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    What th... was I just Debrick rolled?
  13. spade2you

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    Coated fingerboard, good construction, and Bartolinis. That's about all ya need.
  14. Cloverfield

    Cloverfield Supporting Member

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    Right?
  15. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    Nope, that was definitely SVTB15 playing his Pedulla on tour with Debbie Gibson.
  16. svtb15

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    Yeah.. how'd you like the hair.. it was the 80s.... Told ya i was an old timer!!!!
  17. Dwight

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    That's awesome, dig the mullets too!
  18. Bassflute

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    do you miss your Pedulla as much as I mis mine? The ONE bass I regret selling....70's Fenders and ***, bah...my old Kinals, nah....Taylor AB1...nope...my Hexabuzz....

    :crying::crying::crying::crying::crying::crying:

    :bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl:

    Gotta get another one of those things. An antique green with gold hardware...

    although the red ones are nice, too...

    http://www.pedulla.com/html/hexabuzz_vc.html

    :bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl::bawl:

    Cheers,
    Cameron
  19. svtb15

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    I think i was the first kid on teh block with vertical hair.:)


  20. svtb15

    svtb15

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    I do miss the red one... I had a signature Limited MVP5 peakcock blue in AAAA quilt.. but the red one was just real comfy and like home.. I never should have sold that one..

    I was not a fan of my thunderbass though...
    But a new Nuance would be nice... ONLY if i could Face dots and the knobs that are on the MVP series...




  21. Matt R

    Matt R Gold Supporting Member

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    Much of the Pedulla Buzz sound is not only in the materials used in the build but in the recommended set up.

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