A Few Questions For Valenti Owners

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by snaverb, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. snaverb


    Feb 19, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    I am seriously thinking about buying/ordering a Valenti bass.
    I have been wanting a Sadowsky NYC Vintage 4 string Jazz bass, but I just can't justify spending that much money on a guitar.

    I have been referred to Valenti basses, and I've been researching them on his web page, I see a lot of people saying VERY good things about his basses here on Talk Bass, but I have never played a Valenti Jazz bass, so I was wondering if you Valenti owners could tell me how their basses sound compared to American Std. Fender Jazz, Lakland J basses, and Sadowsky J basses.

  2. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    Not an owner, but I played one at NAMM 2007... fell in love fast. Nino's basses are made impeccably. Of my entire day at the show, it was the best put together and best playing bass I played. And the sound... between the Nordy jazz pups and the Aggie pre, I managed to love the sound, even through SWR Amplification, which in general is NOT the sound for me (All the more that I loved the sound in the crappy, noisy environment that is NAMM is a true testament too).

    Nino's basses are legit. They sound great, and are put together and set up excellently. Nino WILL get my business one day.
  3. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    I've played several Lakland JO's (all Skylines) and I own a Sadowsky Metro. I don't have much time on American Fenders.

    The Valenti I owned until last week was a better bass (IMO) than every JO I've played and was as good as the Metro I now own. The JO's are very nice basses, particularly at their price, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. However, if you want a lot more customizable options and are willing to put up the extra cash, I'd highly recommend a Valenti. Nino can do an enormous array of features. The Metro is a very nice bass, and I'd say Nino's work is as good as it.

    This is all in terms of fit and finish; tone is subjective and all three sound great to the right player. I've played some JO's that had some questionable fretwork and might need a little more setup work out of the box (although I'm 100% confident that Dan Lakin would fix any problem you could find). My Valenti was great out of the box, and although I got my Sadowsky used and it needed a little setup, I'm sure it was great on initia delivery.

    You won't go wrong with any of those three. It's all about wanting the JO tone, the Sadowsky tone, or the ability to make your own creation with Nino.
  4. Vinny D

    Vinny D

    Jan 9, 2007
    Warwick, RI
    I purchased second hand #037
    It quickly became my main *Go-To* bass for all my gigs, it has great tone and plays incredible.
    I liked it so much that Nino is now building me my dream bass...
    a 5-string P/J P-bass :hyper:

    I don't think that you could find a better built, better playing, better sounding bass for the money.
  5. snaverb


    Feb 19, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    I really don't want to '' bug '' Nino and ask him questions until I'm for sure ready to order a bass from him.... dont want to be a '' tire kicker '' .......

    But does anyone know about how long the wait is from start to finish on a custom Valenti bass?
  6. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    I wouldnt sell my Valenti bass for anything in the world.. Its my go to bass, its my prized possession, playability is by the best I have played from Foderas to the Sadowsky that graced thru my hands.

    Nothing more needs to be said check the multiple valenti megathreads and you will see nothing but good can come from your purchase.. :)

    Oh yeah I am a very happy Valenti customer and cant wait till I can get another one.
  7. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    The only one I heard is Capsandwich's bass had a turnaround time of about 3 months. I'd guess 3-4 months though?
  8. fitbass3p


    Oct 7, 2006
    Madison, WI
    Having owned/played #39 and #66 for a time, and having #76 built for me right now, I have to agree with this. There isn't a builder who can offer you more options, and work with you better, for the cost.
  9. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    Mine was 4-5 months, but it was delivered in February 2007, so who knows what's changed.

    With apologies for speaking for Nino, I think you should be bugging him with your questions. One, and most importantly, it's the only way to guarantee the answers you have are accurate. Also, if something doesn't pan out, Nino will be able to tell you what your other options are. Finally, Nino's a salesman in addition to a luthier, and it's his job to be available to provide information upon request. I think he'd relish in the opportunity to promote his product to you in a situation where he's not bound by the CUP.

    Of course, I haven't asked Nino about any of this. :smug:
  10. Kompressaur


    Aug 21, 2006
    I've got #042. I picked it up used a couple of months back in a trade deal on the UK basschat forum.



    my only real experience with Jazz basses are the MIA Stds.I owned a couple of them before and liked them both,but the Valenti is in a different league. Its beautifully made,sounds stellar and is hugely inspiring to play.

    no playime on the others you mention. sorry

  11. snaverb


    Feb 19, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    I'm gonna go search for some Valenti soundclips
  12. snaverb


    Feb 19, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    I've been checking out the You Tube videos of you playing your Valenti, it sounds fantastic.

    I'm going to see if I can find clips of a Valenti '' Jazz '' bass, with the 2 single coil pickups
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    My current turn around time is 4-5 months.
  14. I already have all the specs picked out for when I am ready to take the plunge. Five string, blue, Nordy DCs, ash, maple/maple, vol/vol/aggy. MMMM

  15. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I have Hollow Man's Valenti P/J5[big thanks Aaron] and I also own a Lull, Lakland, 55-02 & 55-01, Zon, Modulus and a few others. It easily holds up against any of them, it's front of the line now. I was contacting Nino with questions about a P/J5 when I saw Hollow Man's ad[unbelievable timing]* I couldn't be happier!

    *gotta love TB.
  16. Nitkin


    Aug 10, 2002
    i have one, and that #48 became my main instrument. Will order fretless as soon as i can)))
    I can compare Valenti with my others basses, and it`s in the same league as Sadowski i think. Superb quality and very reasonable price
  17. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Playing my fretless Valenti 5er is a joy. I got it used from a TBer, who was the 2nd owner, IIRC.
    New or used, they are bargins. Nino has very high standards, which is undertandable, because of his work at Sadowsky's shop.

    I am occasionally asked to compare my Sadowsky and my Valenti. That is very difficult because they are entirely different types of instruments. However, I can say that I am deeply grateful to have both instruments, and play each of them as much as I can. They are both superbly put together, sound and feel great, and inspire me.

    I hope you find a bass that you find as rewarding to play as I do my Valenti.