Jazz bass help, Pedulla vs Fender.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Toasted, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Much as I loathe these "which is better maets??!!1" threads, here I am posting one.

    For similar money I can get either a used, but mint Pedulla Rapture JJ, or a factory fresh USA 75' RI. (i live in England)

    I've never played a Rapture before, but im going to visit the seller tomorrow night, and i expect classic jazz bass sound with more options due to the bart preamp and more growl because of the body woods and hardware.

    I've played and lusted after a 75' for years, they are fantastic basses - they make the sound that can only be called "tree" and theyre totally pornographic.

    Now where my mind rests is:

    The Pedulla is arguably the 'better' bass for me soundwise and build-quality-wise. However where my real quarrel is that Pedulla are unheard of here in the UK - there are nomore than a handfull of Raptures in this country and I'm already fed up of "Its a what? Peduli?" conversations, yet everyone knows and respects "MIA" as a mark of quality and the 75' is an iconic design. At the end of the day, the 'better' bass has less wow factor and this bothers me, noone would know if i went with the Ped that this is a two and a half thousand dollar bass.

    Opinions anyone?
  2. ApeIsHigh81


    Aug 24, 2004
    The only "wow" factor you should EVERcare about is yours. :meh:
  3. rockdoc11


    Sep 2, 2000
    . . . and these days the Pedulla never leaves my hands.

    It's like the difference between a Ford Taurus, and a Porsche. Both can be good cars, but . . .
  4. I wouldent worry about the WOW, I've got a Suhr vintage jazz, some people look at it Like I bought it at K-mart "dude you could have gotten a real Fender for like 500.00 bucks".

    Then I plug in and .........."They figure it out" ;)
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I used to own a Pedulla Rapture J2 5 string. I shouldn't have sold it.

    I would take a Rapture over any post 1965 Fender I have ever played, with the exception of a couple of custom shop Fenders that blew me away.
  6. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    The Pedulla kills fender.
    I own both.
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Pedulla jumps Fender.

  8. ovalsonic

    ovalsonic Guest

    Oct 11, 2004
    the Rapture! Real "Wow factor" lies in standing out from the crowd AND having a great sound.
  9. Bayou_Brawler

    Bayou_Brawler The most hurtful thing ever realized

    Oct 23, 2003
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I'm sure you already know this but........PLAY ANY BASS YOU BUY FIRST!!!!

    when you said "factory fresh" i assume you meant maybe ordering one in the mail straight from the factory?????

    I ordered a MIA fender jazz through the mail because....hey it's a fender...simple standard bass and you gotta have one. It took me 4 months to realize (way past the return window) that my new fender just didn't sound quit right (a lame E string that i wined about a lot on here). Luckily i had a buddy in a guitar shop that traded me another new MIA fender straight up that sounded much better in my opinion. so anyway....make sure you play it first.
  10. Splanky


    Jun 10, 2002
    Gothenburg Sweden
    Hello Toasted!

    Were the plans to buy the 75 RI Jazz in UK?

    I´m asking because the listed price i UK according to www.Fender.co.uk for 75 RI is 1470£. Right?

    You COULD go to www.music123.com and order it for 730£
    Of course there will be taxes and shipping, but still way under 1470£. I have ordered 2 FSR 70´s RI JAZZ (CAR and LPB) and no problems what so ever. And the prices compared to Sweden were sweeeeeet" :D

    So if the Pedulla speaks to you. Buy it and save some money for the jazz later.
    And be confident you don´t have to climb so high to get it.
    The Ped. might not :eek: people but the tone and the smile on your face will.

    That´s just at thought!

    Good luck and keep us informed!
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Your expectations are consistent with my experience. The Rapture is like a J-Bass on steroids.

    Y'know, I play my Lakland 55-94 at a lot of gigs, and I don't recall anyone ever recognizing it for what it is. Usually I get, "How come you don't play a Fender?" or "Is that as good as a Fender?" Then when I play my American Jazz QMT, no lie, last gig I got a kid who asked "Whoa! Is that a Squier?" (Of course, he was spelling it "Squire" in his mind.)

    Bottom line, unless it's another bass player, people have no clue about bass brands. I'd say go with the bass that sounds bitchenest to your ear. Then just tell them the Pedulla is a premium American bass, which it is.
  12. Thee


    Feb 11, 2004
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Pedulla is way more secreting teen angst.

    (Too bad I'm the only one on the planet who ever read "nothing nice to say" and will therefore be the only one on the planet to get the reference.)
  13. Look at this way: wouldn´t it be way cooler to be the one and only Rapture player in UK, than the umpteenth Fenderist?

    Not that I have any experience in either of the mentioned basses. I´m just high on individualism. ;)
  14. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I see what you're all saying, I'm going over to Nottingham to meet the Ped player in a couple of hours, so if i dont post for a couple more hours, you know i bought it and am playing it until my fingers blister!

    Splanky - The list is £1495, but most shops will retail it at more like £1150 after haggling, and after all the taxes / charges of importing from music123, it comes out at £1100, the Fender Europe warrenty would be worth £50 of anyones money - i i chose to go that route.

    And also i guess: Most people at gig's dont even know the difference between basses and guitars - let alone high end and to some exent "boutique" basses.
  15. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    When it comes to opinions of your bass they rank in this order:

    1) YOUR opinion
    2) Other bassists opinions
    3) Other musicians opinions
    4) The rest of the world

    You like the Pedulla :)
    Other bassists respect Pedullas :)
    Other people don't count..... :spit:

    When I play one of my Spectors I often hear "is that a Warwick?" from other musicians. I just laugh and tell them that my Spector is "the daddy" and not a German copy.... when they hear it they agree! :smug: :p

    Go get that Pedulla! I've always fancied a Pedulla MVP4 myself.... and also a '75RI Jazz! :bassist:
  16. True, true. The sad thruth is that nobody cares about the looks or sound of your high-end boutique bass - unless it has flashing LEDs or wild Bootsy-style effects. So you might as well get whatever you want, not what you think other people will like.

    And then there´s TB, of course. Your fellow forumites will always appreciate your bass, whatever you decide to get!
  17. Splanky


    Jun 10, 2002
    Gothenburg Sweden
    Warranty is defenetly a thing to consider.
    Whatever you deside to do. Hope you´re found a friend for life
    But then again there is GAS ;)

    Take good care of those blisters :bassist:


  18. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    Minneapolis by way of Chicago
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Get whatever makes you the most happy and feels right to you. I'll tell you this though, every Pedulla I've ever played is like a sports car right off the showroom floor.