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SOLD Valenti PJ 5-string

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


  1. danclaro

    danclaro

    Nov 26, 2007
    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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    Last edited: Jun 15, 2014
  2. funk7856

    funk7856 Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2012
    Atlanta
  3. very nice !
     
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  4. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Beautiful bass!

    GLWTS bump!
     
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  6. lowendmafia

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

    Oct 11, 2007
    Phoenix, Arizona
    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

    Nov 26, 2007
    Princeton, NJ
    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 Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    NJ
  9. radmin

    radmin

    Jun 23, 2006
    Columbus, Oh
    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

    Jun 20, 2012
    Phoenix, Az
    I would have snatched it up 3 weeks ago...... Good luck!
     
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  11. danclaro

    danclaro

    Nov 26, 2007
    Princeton, NJ
    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

    Jan 21, 2009
    Québec
    There is alot of clipping in the sound clip. Maybe you should record another one to do that bass justice.
     
  13. danclaro

    danclaro

    Nov 26, 2007
    Princeton, NJ
    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

    Jan 21, 2009
    Québec
    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 Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    34" ie 35" scale?
     
  16. danclaro

    danclaro

    Nov 26, 2007
    Princeton, NJ
  17. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    ooooo...tempting....Nino does GREAT work!!!
     
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  18. return p.m. sent
     
  19. danclaro

    danclaro

    Nov 26, 2007
    Princeton, NJ
    Forgot to mention that this Hipshot vintage bridge has .750" or 19mm string spacing. Quick release bridges are awesome!
     
  20. fishtx

    fishtx

    Mar 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses/Genz Benz - RIP/Mojo Hand FX
    Beautiful!
     
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  21. LowBSix

    LowBSix Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    Did you receive my reply PM?