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Caldwell Guitars Nashville

Pensa S 55

Pensa S 55

Regular price $5,695.00 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 S 55 is a classic fifties style Stratocaster with the superb quality and standard of a Pensa Custom. This guitar sounds like the best Stratocasters we know with a playability beyond most guitars.  Lindy Fralin Pickups and Gotoh hardware tie the amazing details of this strat together to create an instrument that will never dissapoint.


Model: Pensa S 55

Serial #: 0985 / 021022

Finish / Color: Nitrocelulose Lacquer / Aged Blonde

Top Wood: Swamp Ash

Body Wood: Chambered Swamp Ash

Neck Wood: One Piece Hard Maple

Neck Shape: The 54

Scale Length: 25.5”

Fingerboard: 7 1/4” Radius, Black Dot Markers, Luminlay Side Markers

Pickups: Lindy Fralin Custom Strat Neck 5.9k, Middle 5.9k, and Bridge 6.7k - A5 Formvar 42

Electronics: Standard Strat

Nut: Bone 1 5/8”

Frets: StewMac 0148

Bridge: Gotoh Vintage Strat Type Tremolo

Tuners: Gotoh Vintage Kluson Deluxe Type

Weight: 7.5lbs

Case: Ameritage Custom Pensa Hardshell

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