Designing and building instruments has always been my passion. After 43 years of experience I can honestly say that the basses are, without
question, the best they have ever been.
My years of experience help, however, it takes more than that. Without evolution and growth there is no point to life, no value in who
we are, or in any thing we do. Achievement lasts only seconds before it becomes the past. It’s what we do in the present that counts, in any art, form or function, and life itself. One can never rest on past
achievement. Each and every new bass is made to these standards, start to finish. I never settle. I can always do better, and I strive to do better with every bass.
The hands now know inherently what to do. Neck shapes are not
measured, the hands remember, they are measured to feel. Sculpting, fretting, sanding, finishing… all exacting and unforgiving. Yet once the techniques are ingrained, one goes above the science and technique,
and enters the art. Like musicians, you work very consciously on techniques and develop tools and strong foundations. At some point, somewhere down the road, those tools and techniques become so
refined that you no longer actively think about them. That’s when the magic happens. At this level of performance, you are able to get the inside out, imparting soul and character in your craft. There are
those people that have great technique, yet lack the art, the magic. Magic hits you square between the eyes, you can’t define it, but you know it when you see or hear it. It comes from deep within and it's
always unique. It lives in the instrument and becomes totally yours... the feel, the sound, and the soul. This is the essence of a true instrument.
Through all the turmoil and pleasures, twists and turns life has brought me, the one constant for the
throughout the years has been building, always challenging me, on good days and bad. Life experience, top of the world to bottom of the barrel, absolutely influences your art. Without it, it’s all technique, and
Tangible improvements include a new technique for better fingerboards, improvement to the truss rod
system, larger and better inventory of wood, additional steps in blending, finish preparation, new finishing techniques that accentuate the wood figure (and also result in a smoother and more lustrous finish),
improved electronics, and many other details too numerous to mention.
Although I have always made every Pedulla guitar, I spent numerous years training, supervising and
managing production workers (none of them were actual ”luthiers”, each just worked on various parts of the basses - i.e. some did lumber cutting/woodwork, some did wiring and installing electronics etc). I have
returned to building every bass 100% by myself, which makes for more limited production but allows me to put all of my focus and energy on each bass I make (without any distractions) and the result has been
the best basses ever to have the Pedulla name.