Michael Pedulla Announces Retirement
One 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!