Michael Pedulla Announces Retirement

Michael PedullaOne of the giants of bass building has announced his retirement. Michael Pedulla of Pedulla Guitars, who has been building basses for over four decades, posted the news on his website.

“After nearly 45 years of designing, building, and servicing instruments, I am retiring,” he wrote. “New bass orders and service orders are no longer being accepted. My sincere thanks to all of you who have provided your business and support throughout the years. I wish you all the best.”

Pedulla added that if you still want a Pedulla bass to check the “Available basses” section of his website and that strings, parts, and accessories will be sold while supplies last.

Pedulla began college as an engineering major before switching to music education for his sophomore year. It was during senior year that he became interested in the banjo and decided to build one. “I had a blast – the combination of music, craft, and design all fit with my original engineering plans,” he told us in a 2012 Custom Shop interview. “One thing led to another and upon graduation, I simply decided I wanted to make and repair string instruments. I was young and grew up in times and an environment that encouraged chasing dreams. So I did.”

Two years after starting his company, he met bassists Mark Egan and Tim Landers, who helped to field-test his first bass. His models grew to include the MVP, the Buzz, the Thunderbass and Thunderbolt, the Nuance, the Rapture, and more.

His business grew to great heights and reached a pinnacle in the mid-90s where he put out close to 750 basses per year. This forced the luthier to focus on running the company more than actually building basses, which led him to scale things back in later years once again to a one-man shop. It was the focus on his craft that brought the joy back to his life.

“I can honestly say I have never been happier,” he said of building every instrument himself. “I still often work seven days a week, but it’s all about the basses. I start a bass, choose each piece of wood, execute every part of the build, apply finish, assemble and even pack them. I love that each bass is representative of my best work to date.”

Congratulations and thank you to Mike Pedulla for all you’ve done for the bass community!

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  1. mark hughes

    Congrats on a life well lived! Great great Basses!

  2. Lenny Mo

    Congrats Mike and thanks for great basses. I still gig my 27 year old Series II 5 string .

  3. Mike is the best! Huge shout out to him for his remarkable career. His axes and vision helped to inspire so many, including myself. All the best!!!

  4. Kris M

    Super nice guy and great instruments. At one time i owned buzz and rapture. Mike and his product were the whole package.

  5. Ronald

    Sad, sad, sad.
    Rest well, Mike.

  6. Jake Kurdsjuk

    I still remember the day in the summer of 1987 when you welcomed me into your shop for a brief tour and conversation. I’d purchased a Buzz 18 months prior and before I left you pointed me to a local shop that had just gotten a sparkle blue MVP that was retired from the road as a salesman’s piece. I still have and play them both.

    Enjoy your retirement. I hope it provides you all the joy that your instruments have brought us.

  7. I have loved having a 1999 Pedulla ThunderBolt 5. See Video on my website

    video/210388431

    Have a Nice Life, Michael.

  8. joezonguitars

    Mike,

    I’ve always respected and admired your craftsmanship and finishes. You were one of the best. After interacting at so many NAMM shows over the years, it feels odd that time has caught up to us where I’m now wishing you a happy retirement.

    Best wishes my friend on the new chapter in your life!

    Joe Zon, ZON Guitars.

  9. Scotty

    I have a 1986 MVP pedulla Buzz and just ran across one of your old series 2 v string that may be a little cheaper than the fuzz face but the sound is awesome thank you

  10. Tim Collins

    Hi
    I am sad that Pedulla no longer makes basses. I”ve had mine since 2002. I feel priveliged I own a pentabuzz. One of the sweetest basses I’ve ever laid hands on.Such a beauty a such a heavenly tone.Thank you Mark Eagan.
    I”ve just retired now myself, and still have THIS Pedulla to occupy my time……..
    God Bless U