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Pedulla Thunderbolt & MTD

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Can anybody tell me how close to a USA MTD does a Pedulla Thunferbolt sound? I am a perpetual cheapskate, but I have developed mild MTD GAS after playing Saluki's 535. I know used Pedullas go way cheaper than used MTD, and the electronics look very similar.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I think the way the particular barts are designed must be different because I dont think the pedullas sound nearly as hifi.


    Anyone else feel free to feel contrary.
  3. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    They are fairly different. A Pedulla equipped with the Thunderguts circuit will offer either a 1) fairly traditional-sounding, J-style instrument with the switch off, or a 2) more aggressive, modern tone that has a LOT of cut. This comes in especially handy if you have a crowded mix, but can be a bit too much through certain mid-focused cabinets.

    To my ears, when set flat, the preamp in the MTD is a bit more mid-oriented (if not sometimes a little honky for my tastes) than the Pedulla with the 'Guts off. Turned on, the 'Bolt becomes more biting and in your face. Both are definitely warm and organic. I think the main difference is in the tone of the mids and how aggressively they are voiced between Pedulla and MTD.

  4. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    The MTDs I've tried or heard sound vastly different than my Thunderbolt. The OEM Barts in the MTD sounded more like EMGs-can be very hot with a bit more sizzle. A lot may have a lot to do with Mike T's special recipe of woods.
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Thanks guys. I amy try a Thunderbolt if I see one, but it looks like I need to start saving for a nice boutique bass.:)

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