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NBD: Valenti #146

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jepus, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    I waited and I waited. I paid hefty customs fees. But now, now I own this beauty.

    First the (poorly taken) pics;

    What can I say? This bass is stunning. As soon as I took it out of the case I was surprised at how light it was. The finish allows me to see the beautiful ash grain underneath and the Sadowsky preamp speaks for itself (although I'm still trying to get to grips with it. Less is more it seems). After a quick string change and a slight adjustment to lower the action it's playing pretty nice for a bass that came across the ocean! Only flaw is that the casing of the neck pickup is cracked but it's only noticeable by me when I'm playing it.
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Dang, that is stunning! Grats!
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  4. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    It also came with a tort guard and I'm debating over which one should be on it.
  5. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    White pearloid is king, you got gypped. Send it back!
  6. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    Beatiful bass you have congratulations ! I have have two Valenti and both were great basses.
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
  8. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    Hmm I'm thinking the tort wins it for the moment.
  9. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I prefer the black, but, it's your bass; :)
  10. JB36

    JB36 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2010
    Albany, NY
    Nice bass. I'm a big fan or the Sadowsky 2 band pre amp. I like white and tort, but I think the black looks better with the transparent finish.
  11. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Nice. I love trans-white. Not mad on the tort though, I think the black plate looks much better. A clear perspex plate would look even better though, with a finish as nice as that it's a shame to hide a lot of it :)
  12. nashman


    Feb 11, 2011
    Have them send you a new pickup casing.

    I have a tort guard on my white bass - but somehow the black looks better on yours - maybe due to the shade of white in contrast to the black.

  13. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    Thanks all. It's staying tort for the moment but I think it's only cos I've never had a tort guard before.

    I actually emailed Aguilar to see if I could buy replacement covers and they offered to send me a new set but when they found out I was in the UK it changed things. They're gonna get back to me on Monday and let me know if they can help me out.

    Love having a jazz that has a 21st fret. My stingray has just become obsolete!
  14. drippy


    Jan 12, 2014
    I like the tort, but it's beautiful either way.
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That is stunning congrats it would look good with any guard or without that is one sexy bass I bet she plays like butter.
  16. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    I know I keep bumping this but...

    I think I'm in love. I thought I had it set up perfectly but it seemed like the truss rod only settled today and it plays even better!
  17. SlingBass4


    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
    Give it few more days - after what it's been through...it will be even better.

    BTW: IMO a white pearloid scratch plate would be perfect on that ;)
  18. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2007
    near Mt. Rainier
    Beautiful bass - congrats! Have you thought of getting rid of the pg all together so that beautiful wood shows through?
  19. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    What's the matter? You couldn't afford a real Fender?*

    *that's a joke

    Seriously, that looks gorgeous like that. Put me down for "tort" as my vote.

  20. inate_hex


    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    Needs another coat of paint.
  21. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses

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