Valenti #062: the make-over

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  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    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

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    That is one fine looking bass you have there, Chef!
  3. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

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    Ditto. Classic!
  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    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.
  6. nutdog

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    Definite improvement. Looks beautiful.
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    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.
  8. pasta4lnch

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    Looked great both ways . . . better now by an inch imo. Nice!
  9. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Supporting Member

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    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).
  10. jlepre

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    I like it. I like it ALOT! Nice improvements. How much does she weigh Chef?
  11. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    the pickguard, control plate, tone pot and knob, and, relocated jack took it from 8.0 to 8.2 on my digital fish scale.
  12. jlepre

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    Wow! Lightweight too?
  13. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    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?
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    they feel good, I like them.
    I'm not hugely particular about strings..................
  15. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

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    Very nice. I was eying that puppy on BNW site as well. Nice "adjustments".
  16. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    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.
  17. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    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
  18. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    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.
  19. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

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    Sounds more like a nail than a string :)
  20. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya Supporting Member

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    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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