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SOLD Valenti PJ 5-string

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by danclaro, Dec 30, 2013.


  1. danclaro

    danclaro Supporting Member

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    Princeton, NJ
    Price:
    $1850
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Price Drop: $1700 shipped CONUS!

    I bought this Valenti VTP5 (#162) new from Bass Specialties in May, 2013. What impressed me immediately about this bass was its light weight and balance (no neck dive), its deep rib contour, the spoke-wheel truss rod adjustment, the impeccable fit and finish (super tight neck pocket), and how resonant it is. This bass is pretty loud acoustically, similar to the Sadowsky basses I have had. This bass is very Sadowsky-like (no surprise given Nino's background and approach), but since it is passive with the Nordstrand pickups and the Hipshot hardware it seems closer to a Nordy VP5. The neck is quite thin front to back.

    I modified the electronics a bit. It came setup as Volume-Blend-Tone, with a 250K volume pot. I found it a little too warm for my liking (even with the ash/pau ferro combo), so I changed it to Volume-Volume-Tone with 500K CTS pots. This opened up the tone nicely to allow more high-end through. Note that all original pots come with the bass.

    This Valenti is in excellent condition. I'm only selling it because I find myself more at home on a 4 string and there's a US Lakland Glaub I have my eye on. In the interest of full disclosure, there are two ant-sized dings in the front above the P-pickup - these are impressions that don't break the paint. There are also some light scratches by the output jack.

    Specs:
    8.15 LBS.
    Swamp ash body
    Sherwood green finish (metallic) with matching headstock
    Graphite reinforced maple neck (satin finished back)
    Pau Ferro fretboard
    1 7/8 nut width
    34-inch scale
    Nordstrand NPJ5S pickups
    Hipshot vintage style bridge
    Hipshot USA ultralight tuning gears
    Lightweight TKL Case (similar to the standard Sadowsky ultralight case - not the Portabag shown in the pictures)

    New 6/15/14 - $1700 shipped UPS (US only)

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    Here are a few pics that I got from Nino...

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    Last edited: Jun 15, 2014
  2. funk7856

    funk7856 Supporting Member

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  3. justjake

    justjake

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    very nice !
     
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  4. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

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    Beautiful bass!

    GLWTS bump!
     
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  6. lowendmafia

    lowendmafia KENNY WHEATON'S GONNA SCORE!!! Supporting Member

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    Nice, I have this bass's jazz bodied, blocked neck little sister and I love it. Mine is 6 serial numbers after this one. Nino makes one hell of a bass.
     
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  7. danclaro

    danclaro Supporting Member

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    Cool. You're right! I really like the shape of the neck... Pretty thin from front to back. It's very stable also. I rarely need to use that spoke-wheel adjustment...
     
  8. VJP

    VJP

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  9. radmin

    radmin

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    If I can get my bass to sell this will be at the top of my wish list.
     
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  10. fourtet102

    fourtet102 Supporting Member

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    I would have snatched it up 3 weeks ago...... Good luck!
     
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  11. danclaro

    danclaro Supporting Member

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    Here are some sound clips I made with this Valenti bass to demo the Nordstrand PJ setup with 500k pots. These are just impromptu noodlings... hopefully you can hear when it's the P pickup and when I switch to the PJ setup. I also use a pick sometimes... When I have time I'll edit with notes...

    [SOUNDCLOUD]https://soundcloud.com/dansbass/sets/valenti-pj-5-clips[/SOUNDCLOUD]
     
  12. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

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    There is alot of clipping in the sound clip. Maybe you should record another one to do that bass justice.
     
  13. danclaro

    danclaro Supporting Member

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    Yeah, good call ugly_bassplayer... I was trying to use my Cafe Walter as a pre but seems like I had the levels a bit too hot. I'll record some new ones as soon as I can.
     
  14. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

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    I also have a Valenti VTP5, it plays and sounds awesome. But I'm the the same situation you are in, I play 4 string 99% of the time.
     
  15. LowBSix

    LowBSix

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    34" ie 35" scale?
     
  16. danclaro

    danclaro Supporting Member

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  17. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

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    ooooo...tempting....Nino does GREAT work!!!
     
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  18. justjake

    justjake

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    return p.m. sent
     
  19. danclaro

    danclaro Supporting Member

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    Forgot to mention that this Hipshot vintage bridge has .750" or 19mm string spacing. Quick release bridges are awesome!
     
  20. fishtx

    fishtx Supporting Member

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    Beautiful!
     
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  21. LowBSix

    LowBSix

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    Did you receive my reply PM?
     

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