Look what happened to my beautiful Pedulla

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mightypog, Feb 28, 2024.

  1. mightypog

    mightypog Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Me and this bass have played in 8 time zones between Seattle and Bahrain. I bought it 20 years ago with a hairline fracture in the neck that saved me approximately $2,000 on what was otherwise a flawless bass. I had Mike Lull (god rest him) seal the crack as best as he could some years ago and it held all this time. I took it out of the case at a gig Sunday, and this is what I found. Thank god for my 5-string Sadowsky, but my heart is broken for this beautiful instrument and long-time friend. Has anyone ever seen anything like this get repaired or is it a whole new neck (It's neck-thru) Pedulla neck.jpg ?
  2. Hoochie Coochie Man

    Hoochie Coochie Man Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    The Chequamegon
  3. mightypog

    mightypog Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Seattle, WA
  4. stigbeve


    Sep 24, 2014
    What gauge strings and what tuning was it in? Just curious.
  5. mightypog

    mightypog Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Medium lights, standard tuning.
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  6. Looks like a typical Gibson electric guitar break. Don’t give up hope, I think it can be repaired to almost unnoticeable condition & stronger than ever.
  7. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
    I bet that's fixable. Good luck
  8. mightypog

    mightypog Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Your mouth to God's ear.
  9. If it wasn't a pedula I'd glue and clamp that myself, if it was mine. but for that bass? yea, get it done professionally, to hopefully solve the smaller finish issues that someone like me cannot solve. Very sad, but I believe it is fixable.
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  10. “We can fix him! We can make him better!”
  11. Ampslut


    May 15, 2017
    Barrackville WV
    Yes, a friend of mine had a Epiphone 6 string that fell off the stand and broke the head much like yours. Tight Bond and clamps did the trick for it. I'm pretty sure a good luthier could take care of this for you.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2024
  12. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    Wow I would cry if i pulled my bass out and saw that.
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  13. mightypog

    mightypog Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I about threw up.
  14. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    It's a Pedulla. That can be fixed, but should have splines put in my a professional.
  15. mightypog

    mightypog Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Who's we? I would LOVE to meet "we"!!!! Do you know such a person?
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  16. bherman

    bherman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    I'm a woodworker, clean breaks like that are your friend. Take it to a pro - I would imagine epoxy would do it. Glue is stronger than wood. She'll be ready for another 20+ yrs
  17. KohanMike

    KohanMike Gold Supporting Member

    I know Eric'a Guitar in Van Nuys, CA can fix it. When I was there last week, a guy came in to pick up his guitar that had the same break, when he saw it, he couldn't believe how good a job Eric did.

    Eric's Guitar Shop
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  18. KellyC

    KellyC Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2023
    Scottsdale AZ
    Looks like a clean break, as guitar repair student at the University of YouTube, I've seen much worse get sorted right as rain. Gibson has given luthiers plenty of practice.
  19. Michael Stanley 2112

    Michael Stanley 2112 Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    I think I would probably actually cry. Not that I have any bass that expensive, but if it happened to my favorite bass.
  20. Five or Six

    Five or Six

    Jun 21, 2022
    West Michigan
    Sorry for your perdicament! Bruce does things that no one else will touch. Since I've been on this board I've follow some of his fixes / builds and all are amazing. I'd see if he would take on the repair or tell you it can't be fixed. If he won't do it, no one will.
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