CAST Engineering now available at Rudy's Music in New York City!
November 15, 2016
Hello New York! We are so excited to announce our latest dealer, Rudy's Music. This music store has made quite the name for itself. Open since 1978, Rudy Pensa has been sharing his passion with people and just being an awesome guy! Read a bit more about the history of Rudy's Music below -
Rudy and his wife, Fran, 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. Rudy’s love and enthusiasm for what he does is contagious and his long list of regular customers still grows.
The earliest “Pensa” electric guitar was called the “R Custom”. He built the first “R Custom” 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 1980 during the height of Dire Straits fame. They shared the same passion for the guitar and formed a friendship that has endured for many years. In 1985, Rudy and Mark sat down over a cup of coffee and 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”.
In 2000, Rudy and Mark Knopfler teamed up again to design the “Pensa MK2” which rapidly gained momentum worldwide. Through the years, other “Pensa” models have emerged including the introduction of the Pensa 4-String and 5-String basses, the Pensa “Classic” and “Junior” electric guitars with many endorsers including Victor Bailey. Numerous studio musicians and professionals all over the world including Mark Knopfler, Lou Reed, Eric Clapton and countless others play Pensa guitars.
Rudy’s stellar reputation as a guitar builder, shopkeeper and gentleman is well deserved. Every person who walks in the door of “Rudy’s Music Stop” is treated with the same respect whether they are a platinum selling artist, a Wall Street banker or a kid with a dream. Rudy makes no distinction in the service and quality he provides for his customers. The energy and passion for the Pensa instruments he creates is fueled by the earliest visions of Rudy Pensa and his love of the art.