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Caldwell Guitars Nashville

Pensa MK-I Plus Strat Style

Pensa MK-I Plus Strat Style

Regular price $6,795.00 USD
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We are proud to be the Nashville dealer for Pensa Custom, NYC.  Below is a note about this guitar and story behind the brand.  Contact us with any questions or inquiries into a custom Pensa order:


Rudy Pensa opened "Rudy's Music Stop" on 48th Street in New York City in 1978 and began turning his passions into tangible artistry. It wasn't long before "Rudy's Music" became a well-known and highly-respected guitar shop to guitarists around the world.


The earliest "Pensa" electric guitar was called the "R Custom". He built the first one in 1982 and sold many in his shop. It was in 1985 that Rudy, collaborating with his then employee, John Suhr, began building many amazing instruments that are considered classics today.


Rudy met Mark Knopfler in the 1980s during the height of Dire Straits fame. They shared the same passion for the guitar and formed a friendship that still endures. In 1987, Rudy and Mark sat down in a luncheonette on 48th St. and, over a cup of coffee, drew the blueprints on a napkin for what would become one of the most sought-after custom-made guitars in the world: the Pensa "MK".


The MK-I Plus is a five way, three single coil, strat style take on the MK-I.  With Lindy Fralin Stratocaster pickups, a tone knob partial series switch, and all the right Pensa appointments. This guitar catch’s your ears, fingers and eyes.  The craft of electric guitar building is peaked with an instrument like this.  This used MK-I is in fantastic condition with minor signs of wear.  Setup ready to play and comes with the OHSC.


Model: Pensa MK-I Plus

Serial: 0642 / 092116

Finish / Color: Nitrocellulose Lacquer / 3 Tone Cherry Burst

Top Wood: Wild Maple

Body Wood: Chambered Mahogany

Neck Wood: Maple

Neck Shape: C 12” Radius

Scale Length: 25.5”

Fingerboard: Birdseye Maple Cap, Gold side Markers

Binding: .090” Ivoroid

Pickups: Lindy Fralin Custom Strat Set

Electronics: 5 way PU Selector, Volume, Tone w/ Pull Engage Series Neck and Bridge

Nut: Bone / 1 5/8”

Frets: Dunlop 6105 / 22

Bridge: Hipshot Tremolo

Tuners: Schaller Locking

Knobs: Q-Parts W/ Red Abalone Caps

Weight: 7.4lbs

Case: Cedar Creek Custom Pensa Hardshell


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