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Pedulla Signature 4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Guitbass, Sep 12, 2003.


  1. Guitbass

    Guitbass Guest

    Jan 22, 2003
    Atlanta, GA USA
    Hello. I just came across a Pedulla 4 string fretless at a local shop. I was hoping someone could help me identify it. The poor thing is really beat to heck. The truss rod cover just says signature and it has the older looking Pedulla logo on the headstock. P/J Barts and beat up gold hardware. It looked like someone had either partly removed the finish color coat or tried to apply some sort of paint to a natural instrument then wiped it off. Also the jack had some serious bondo type filler as it was not working when it came into the shop. Despite all it's physical problems, the bass played wonderfully and sounded incredible (scratchy pots and all). The shop was asking $950 for it and said they'd come down to $775. Just looking for thoughts on the price and what it might be. It looks like the MVP body style. I'm not to familiar with Pedulla basses. Any thoughts? Is it worth getting and reworking?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    I just received a '91 MVP 4 fretted Signature that I picked up on ebay for $1K with OHSC. This one's in excellent shape overall, just needs a few spots touched up with laquer. It also needed a severe polish/cleaning of the metal parts. Everthing's working perfectly - no scratchy pots, neck is straight, lots of fret meat left etc. After 4 hours cleaning, new strings and a setup I can say that it looks pretty damn good and is a wonderful instrument to play. The neck fits me perfectly, no deads spots and great sustain. I'm taking it out on a couple of gigs this weekend so I don't know how it sounds in my rig yet, but everyone tells me they're great. I'm confident they're right.

    Now as to your question - I think $775 is kinda high for a beater. Too much work/money involved to get the cosmetics/electronics up to speed. I would say keep an eye on ebay - these older ones come up pretty regularly and are usually in the $1000-$1200 range depending on condition - and some are near mint. I've seen ones much better condition than what you're seeing go for $800. The ones in great condition are worth the money. Price a new one and you'll see what I mean.

    I've always wanted a Pedulla ((actually a Thunderbass) but when this one came up I jumped on it and I'm glad I did. It's a boutique bass for the price of a Fender.

    Definitely keep an eye out for them.

    Will
     
  3. Guitbass

    Guitbass Guest

    Jan 22, 2003
    Atlanta, GA USA
    Will,

    Thanks for the reply. If I could have gotten my asking price I might have gone for it. I'll keep my eyes open. Thanks again,

    Matt
     
  4. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    No sweat Matt.

    Good luck in your search - you won't be sorry!

    Will
     
  5. Pedulla made two styles of MVP basses, series I which is the standard neck through construction and the series II which had a bolt on neck. My last MVP 4 was a sweet bass. The older ones also had brass nuts on the neck as well, which gave them mega sustain!! Here are some serial numbers and dates for your records. These are ONLY for series I and not the bolt on series II basses.

    S.N. 0373 through 0386 1981
    S.N. 0387 - 0601 1982
    0602 - 0809 1983
    0810 - 1028 1984
    1029 - 1230 1985
    1231 - 1480 1986
    1481 - 1814 1987
    1815 - 2075 1988
    2076 - 2504 1989
    2505 - 2965 1990
    2966 - 3347 1991
    3348 - 3842 1992
    3843 - 4367 1993
    4368 - 4911 1994
    4912 - 5651 1995
    5652 - 6395 1996
    6396 - 6892 1997
    6893 - 7195 1998
    7196 - 7523 1999

    The last bass manufactured with the old logo is serial number 7351. I hope this helps.
     
  6. Guitbass

    Guitbass Guest

    Jan 22, 2003
    Atlanta, GA USA
    Wow. Thanks Christov. That is very helpful. My original thought was to buy it and bring it back to life and possibly resell it. I don't know if the time and effort to do so would make it worth it, but it would be fun. I'll advise on what happens. Thanks again.

    Matt