PEDULLA penta, early xmas

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by progplayer, Nov 25, 2001.

  1. progplayer


    Nov 7, 2001
    Well I bought a Pedulla Buzz 5 string in the red finish. All I got to say is this is the most amazing bass I have ever owned. I can't beleive the set up on this thing, let alone the tones! Wow. I'm a very happy camper right now.

    I bought it at the dreaded GC but they really gave me a good deal. I returned the Warwick Corvette fretless and traded in my Thumb 5 :( and paid $500 for the BUZZ, had to use that dreaded credit card :mad: and I'll be payin for it.....BUT it is so worth it. The manager really worked with me on this deal and I have to say GC really helped me out. They sold the Buzz to me w/case for $2,200 even. Gave me $1,000 for my Thumb 5 (WOW) and got a full refund on the Corvette. I made out I'd say!

    I've been playing this Buzz non stop and its so easy to play. Neck very thin, not neck heavy (what a relief!), the action is so low I can play real fast. The fret lines really help me play in tune all the time. The tone from this thing is amazing. I know I've only owned this bass for one day so far but I've never played something so "perfect" (nothing is but this is damn near close). I'll see how it holds up with the band.

    At Today's practice the other guys just shook their heads when I pulled the Buzz out. When I played the Buzz they just stopped playing and smiled. That's never happend before with any band I've played in ;)
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Congratulations! welcome to the Pentabuzz club, which now has a membership of...Two.:D

    I have an older Amber Pentabuzz. They really sing.
  3. progplayer


    Nov 7, 2001
    it is an odd bass, not many play pedulla buzz huh? i know at GC the manager told me they have ordered only 2 in the last year and a half. A green one and a blue one. I really dig the red one, although the blue looks cool.

    really, this bass really sings. i'm very impressed (I hope it stays that way after my high wears off :rolleyes: )
  4. 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
    Congratulations, man. I'm not a member of the Pentabuzz club, but I like my T-Bolt fretless 5 ... I know ... ALMOST, but not quite. Sounds like you got a great deal at GC ... it's been known to happen.
  5. progplayer


    Nov 7, 2001
    well according to the serial# this bass was made in 1999, can this be correct? Did GC sell me a used buzz at a new price???? i hope not, someone tell me wrong. grrrrrr
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Could be new, old stock. I bought a new 1999 Alembic Series I in the summer of 2000.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    progplayer, congratulations! Pedullas are killer basses(I have a Rapture 5) and the Buzz is a killer fretless. I would own a red PentaBuzz myself, if I hadn't found a killer deal on a Zon Sonus Custom fretless 5 the week that I was buying. It's the only fretless that I have ever played that I like more than the Buzz.

    The s/n on your bass doesn't necessarily mean that it's used, it could be NOS. Pedullas in general, and Buzz' in particular, tend to hang around for a while, due to the price.
  8. progplayer


    Nov 7, 2001
    thank you guys, yea i mean it feels and looks brand new. but 1999 just seems old but hey as long as it looks good and works good i'm not gonna complain.

    this bass is really nice, i know i said it before but i'm just in awe. :p

    ps- NOS? what is that?
  9. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    NOS = New, Old Stock.

    Congrats, great choice. We always stock at least one Pentabuzz at Bass Central, it's easily the best seller in the Pedulla line for us. We have a killer greenburst right now, beautiful bass.

    I'm with Jeff (Embellisher), if it weren't for the fact that my Zon fretless kicks so much @$$ and I got the killer deal on it, I'd very likely be playing a Pentabuzz myself.
  10. lowfreqguy


    Oct 18, 2000
    I, too, own a PentzBuzz. 1988 model year with P/J Bartolinis. I added the NTMB preamp so I can control the mids onboard. Welcome to the club! he shoots, he SCORES!
  11. I bought a Pentabuzz from GC as well. When I tried to register it with Pedula, they said the serial number was already registered. According to GC, someone had purchased the bass and then returned it. That may have been what happened in your case - check with Pedula to see if it had been registered.

    Pedula makes great basses! Congrats! I too would have kept mine if I hadn't played and fallen for a Zon.

  12. progplayer


    Nov 7, 2001
    don't get me goin already! Zon.. hahhaa, i wish.

    The bass came with the warranty card so it has not yet been registered, just weird to have a '99 lying around for this long. There was a greenburst there but someone put a deposit on it and there was a big nick on the bottom near the input so I didn't want that.

    I know when they brought out the hardshell case for it, there was at least an inch of dust on the thing. I asked about a truss rod wrench and once again, "Doesn't come with it". I couldn't argue because he gave me a good deal but if I got played again....oh boy.....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    PS GUYS, what kind of strings are put on the Pedulla, their own brand right? Do they have black thread on the tops?
  13. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Now that's hogwash.

    Pedullas, as far as I know, have a proprietary truss rod tool. I haven't tried tweaking mine, seeing that it's perfect and all, but my bass came with the tool and a Levy's leather strap with the words "Pedulla: the serious bass" emblazoned (I hope that's the term) in silver.

    And I got mine used.
  14. progplayer


    Nov 7, 2001
    WHAT. OH MAN.... i am starting to boil again guys. i can't beleive this, i got ripped off again.

    :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

    i'm gonna email pedulla and get to the bottom of all this.
  15. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    I too am a Pentabuzz owner and it's the best fretless I've ever played or heard (sorry haven't played or heard a Zon, sounds like it would give me a GAS attack lol).

    Yes, you should have gotten a manual, allen wrenches, and truss rod tool (which is a special curved nut driver). I bought used too but didn't get the nice Levy's strap.

    I would contact GC and make them give you a truss rod tool, otherwise you will have to order one from Pedulla (make GC order you one).

  16. progplayer


    Nov 7, 2001
    go to the GC Better watch that store thread for the follow up, man....
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Pedulla's are supposed to come with the truss rod wrench and the allen key to adjust the bridge, as well as an owner's manual. The allen key isn't that big of a deal, but the truss rod wrench is. If you try to adjust it without the proper tool, you will wind up with a stripped truss rod.

    You can buy the owner's kit from Pedulla for $20, but I would make GC buy it. The bass is supposed to come with that stuff.
  18. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    i owned a 4 string buzz for years.

    loved it..until the neck went crazy on me.

    i sold the bass, but couldn't find the truss rod tool at the time.

    recently found it...of course, it doesn't work on my zon.


    anyone want a Pedulla truss rod adjust tool?

    email me...hopefully it hasn't moved from my desk.
  19. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    i got my squier p-bass deluxe for 209 at gc which is usually 230,saved 20 bucks!
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I just saw a NOS 1998 Fender Jazz Deluxe in a small store tonight.