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We are European Pensa Custom Guitars Distributor

Pensa Guitars are handbuilt in New York and played by artists such as Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton & Lou Reed.

Pensa guitars history

Rudy Pensa is the owner of the legendary New York Soho Store, Rudy's Music.

A charismatic New Yorker of Argentine descent, Rudy Pensa has run his legendary NY Soho store since 1978, selling guitars to the biggest names in the business, including Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Peter Frampton, Lenny Kravitz and many others. However Rudy isn't your run-of-the-mill music store owner; his passion for instruments and art, not to mention his extensive knowledge, saw him developing his own unique line of guitars.

As Rudy told us recently when he dropped into Aclam, it all began when Mark Knopfler dreamed up a guitar based on his famous stratocaster with a Les Paul style archtop design. Little did Rudy know that Knopfler would adopt this guitar as his main axe, creating one of the most iconic guitars in rock n roll history.

Pensa Guitars

Pensa MK-90 Ice Blue Metallic

This beauty comes in a swamp-ash body paired with a maple neck and trademark Blue Ice Metallic finish. The maple neck features a matching headstock face with a solid gold logo and a Rosewood fingerboard. The MK-90 features Lindy Fralin P-90 soapbar pickups, giving it a big mid-range when used clean, and chainsaw grind when pushing an amp hard. It is equipped with hipshot tremolo and tuners, making it incredibly playable, not to mention beautiful to look at. 
Being Mark Knopfler's go-to axe these days, we couldn't agree more with him; this guitar 'sounds mighty'.

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Mk1 Plus Cherry Burst

This range-topping guitar boasts a mahogany body, wide flame maple top and cherry sunburst finish. The maple neck has a matching headstock face with a gold silhouette logo, rosewood fingerboard and Lindy Fralin Custom pickups. The playability and the attention to detail are simply unbeatable - just ask Mark Knopfler, who prides this guitar as one of his tour staples.  

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Pensa Basses

Pensa J-535 Bass

Pensa Custom J-535 Plus Bass comes in trademark Coral Metallic Top and Lake Placid Blue back and sides. The neck is maple with a birdseye maple fingerboard. This bass also features Nordstrand NJ5FS pickups coupled with the Pensa preamp system, offering a great deal of versatility and punch to your sound. As with all of Pensa Custom instruments, a certain pride has been taken in making this guitar very enjoyable to play, with the same attention to detail we've come to expect from this beloved guitar manufacturer.

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Rudy Pensa & Aclam Guitars

Rudy and Aclam CEO Jordi Canivell have been good friends for years, leading to the distribution of Pensa guitars in Europe to the delight of musicians and collectors on the hunt for truly unique guitars.

Pensa Guitars Demos & Rudy's interviews

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