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Valenti #062: the make-over

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chef, Feb 13, 2013.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The basics:
    Ash, maple, really nice flamed fingerboard, Nord side-by-side humcancelling pickup.
    34" scale, 8.5lbs.

    Before:
    volume only, no pickguard, no tone, no control plate.
    So close to "1955 Precision" though...hmmmmmmmm.....

    After:
    New nut, a couple of frets dressed, new parchment p/g, control plate with volume and tone, output jack moved to the side; and some new DA XL165 nickel, in their new "balanced tension" set. Nino also made the trussrod access route larger too, which makes it nice and easy to access.

    Result:
    Very much nicer to my eye, and man, it sure plays and sounds great.

    As always, "exceeding expectations is meeting expectations" when it comes to Nino's work.


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  2. SherwoodGreen

    SherwoodGreen Banned

    Dec 25, 2012
    That is one fine looking bass you have there, Chef!
     
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  4. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
  5. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

    Ditto. Classic!
     
  6. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    It's been a loooooong time since I had a simple, passive 5 string that worked this well for me.
    I dig it. Nice solid lows, great mids, snappy highs. Perfect.
     
  7. nutdog

    nutdog Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
    Definite improvement. Looks beautiful.
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I've had a lot of "1951-ish" stuff, and, while the slab bodies have never bothered me, I do in fact dig the '55 spec contours.
     
  9. Looked great both ways . . . better now by an inch imo. Nice!
     
  10. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Was longing for that bass when it was on Bass NW... Now the pain is worse! Nice score, massive improvements ( at half the price of Sadowskys version).
     
  11. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    I like it. I like it ALOT! Nice improvements. How much does she weigh Chef?
     
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    the pickguard, control plate, tone pot and knob, and, relocated jack took it from 8.0 to 8.2 on my digital fish scale.
     
  13. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    Wow! Lightweight too?
     
  14. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    I was going to buy this one as well. I wanted to send it back to Nino to get the same mods done minus the pg. :)

    Looks killer! How are you liking the balanced tension, Chef?
     
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    they feel good, I like them.
    I'm not hugely particular about strings..................
     
  16. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    NE US/CAN line
    Very nice. I was eying that puppy on BNW site as well. Nice "adjustments".
     
  17. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Disclosures:
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Excellent! I love the idea of a modern five-string with that aesthetic. If it starts wearing a bit at the edges, it'll even further the concept.
     
  18. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    Are you using the .145 B? I'm using the set with the .130. Thinking of going bigger though...

    I still have first dibs, right? :D
     
  19. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    130 I believe.
    I think Mr Bowlus beat you on dibs, but, it really isn't gonna matter much.
    I don't see flipping it anytime soon.
     
  20. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    NE US/CAN line
    Sounds more like a nail than a string :)
     
  21. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    Don't make me search my pm's. :)

    I am really digging balanced tension but the .130 balances with a rather light set of strings. The .145 balances with a more normal size. I agree that a .145 is HUGE though.

    That's another thread in itself...

    Nino's the man, this bass is legit, and as always Chef owns basses that make me jealous.
     



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