SOLD Pedulla Thunderbolt ETB 5-string w/ Nordstrand Pickups & Preamp

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by derekfrank, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. derekfrank

    derekfrank Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    Burbank, CA
    Selling my Pedulla Thunderbolt ETB 5-string. Bought it used in 2016, played it on tour with the band Air Supply for about a year and a half, and played it on several recording sessions. While on tour, it was always in the hands of a professional guitar tech and handled with the utmost care. I modified it with Nordstrand Big Singles pickups and a Nordstrand 2-band preamp. The modification definitely brought the bass to life and made it much more versatile, as the original Bartolini pickups and preamp made it sound a little too "90s fusion" for me :) I still have the original pickups and electronics, and will include them with the bass. Great condition... shows a little bit of wear, but no major dings or scratches. A quick buff and polish will make this thing look like new. Maple neck and body, Cocobolo top, beautiful quilted maple fingerboard, gold hardware, 19mm string spacing. Original hard case and truss rod tool included. It's a killer bass, but I just don't see myself playing it much in the future. Michael Pedulla is now retired, and these will soon become collectors items, but I simply have too many instruments and need to thin the herd a little :) . Price includes shipping. IMG_5755.jpg IMG_5755.jpg IMG_6970.jpg IMG_5755.jpg IMG_6970.jpg IMG_5755.jpg IMG_6970.jpg Full description from the Pedulla website below:

    The Thunderbolt combines a bolt-on two piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and a laminated body, producing a more traditional tone, deep and rich with overtones. The body consists of a two piece soft maple back with a book matched flame maple top and is finished in gloss polyester and choice of color.
    The Thunderbolt has all the characteristic Thunderbass growl. Due to the bolt-on design and different woods used, the Thunderbolt has a rounder, more "vintage" voice. The tone is meaty and full bodied throughout the bass’ entire range (not just the low notes as on lesser instruments), deep low-end, throaty growling midrange, and a very wet high-end. The unique electronics allow for a very smooth and warm finger sound and a full bodied slap and pop sound without changing controls. The Thunderguts switchable circuit adds another dimension to the already devastating tonal range, accessing a thicker character with a tight, articulate low-end and midrange.
    Thunderbolt controls include volume, pickup pan, TBT electronics (active tone system with independent bass and treble controls to boost or cut 15dB), and our Thunderguts switch. In conjunction with Bill Bartolini, we designed our own proprietary tone shaping circuits (exclusive to the Pedulla Thunderbass and Thunderbolt) to work with two active Bartolini soapbar pickups. The result is a quiet system delivering punch, definition, and a uniquely present sound that shines through any mix, whether it’s in the studio or on a gig. We use a machined brass "barrel" bridge which imparts the more traditional sound we wanted from a bolt on. (The more massive bridge we use on our neck-through body models detracts from high-end in a bolt on.)

    Flame maple: AA or AAA Flame Maple, Optional Limited Edition: 5A Flame or Quilt maple. ETB Tops: Bubinga, Cocobola, Zebra, AAA Flame or Quilted Maple
    BACK: Soft Maple NECK: Bolt-on, 2 piece laminate hard quarter sawn maple
    SCALE LENGTH: 34 inches
    FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, optional Birdseye maple
    NUMBER OF FRETS: 22, also available as fretless
    INLAY: Mother of Pearl, 5mm dots
    NUT: Bone
    TRUSS ROD: Single rod, double-acting adjustable with two stiffening bars
    STRINGS: .030, .045, .065, .080, .100, .128
    WEIGHT: 9 to10 lbs
    HARDWARE COLOR: Gold, Black, or Chrome
    BRIDGE: Machined brass barrel bridge
    MACHINE HEADS: M.V. Pedulla/Gotoh
    STRAP PINS: Gotoh
    PICKUPS: Made for M.V. Pedulla by Bartolini: Soapbar (SB) only
    ELECTRONICS: Active, Bartolini
    CONTROLS: volume, pickup pan, bass boost/cut, treble boost/cut, Thunderguts switch
    CONTROL KNOBS: brass / gold, black, or chrome
    FINISH: Body: Gloss polyester with or without color OR satin finish with no color. Neck: Satin

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  2. osuok88

    osuok88 Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX - USA
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  3. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    WOW. Nicest Thunderbolt I've ever seen.