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Birth of a Valenti Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nino Valenti, Jun 6, 2004.


  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    This is a bass that I'm building for TB's own Nick Man. The features of the bass are:

    -Alder Body
    -Maple Neck with Pau Ferro Fretboard
    -Sherwood Green Finish with Matching Headstock
    -Chrome hardware
    -HipShot Ultralite Tuning Keys
    -Gotoh Quick release bridge
    -EMG 40P5 in neck position
    -EMG 40TWCS in bridge position (can be switched from Humbucker to Single Coil J)
    -Vintage Style with Mint Green Pickguard
    -Aguilar OBP-1 with a Passive Tone Control
    -24 Fret Neck

    The control layout for the bass are:
    1-Master Volume
    2-Pickup Blend
    3-Treble with push/pull for Humbucking/Single Coil J
    4- Stacked Pot with Bass on top & Passive Tone on the bottom.

    Here is the body before I did anything to it:
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    Since Warmoth dosen't make a pickguard for this bass, I made one myself. I messed up on the 1st one while I was bevelling (sp?) it:
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    Here is the 2nd one that cane out much better:
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  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Here, I attached the pickguard so I can fit the neck pocket & the neck position pickup:
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    Now, I layed out the template out so I can route the top load access hole:
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  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Here is is after I was finished:
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    Now I attached the control plate to see if it fit.
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    & here I started wiring it together:
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  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The wiring is finished:
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    The from of the bass:
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  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Here is the body with the neck sitting in the pocket:
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    Unfortunately, there was a mix-up when I placed the order & Warmoth made a 5 in-line as opposed to 4+1 that I order. A quick phone call cleared it up but I have to wait a little longer for the correct neck.

    Here are a couple of shots of my small shop:
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  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    This is the 1st bass that I'm building using the 24 fret extension so I'll let you know when it;s done.
     
  7. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Looks Killer Nino!!!
     
  8. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    EVERYONE BACK OFF!

    MY BASS MY BASS MY BASS!

    Oh man thats friken sweet!

    I cant wait till its in my hands!

    :D

    Peace
    Nick
     
  9. keb

    keb

    Mar 30, 2004
    Lookin' sweet! I love these pictorials. :cool:
     
  10. Sonorous

    Sonorous

    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    One silly question.

    How do you know the right place to cut from the pickguard for the neck pickup?


    Oh, and nice VW.
     
  11. I wish Nino was building my J bass.

    It probably would have been built by now. Gg Allparts not having a body untill the 18th and then shipping everything when the body comes in.

    Also Gg for the guy who's building it for won't decided if he will try to get a Geddy sig neck, or a warmoth one.

    Oh well. Maybe the wait will make it better.
     
  12. Nino...you rock man...if i ever decide to get a Jazz, your the man im going too!

    Nick..awsome colour you chose!
     
  13. Corwin81

    Corwin81

    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    damn, GAS prices just went up :p
     
  14. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    Nino, I am thoroughly enjoying this thread, thanks!
     
  15. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    You know he has a P in the works right? ;)

    http://www.valentibass.cjb.net

    Oh and as for the color, I couldnt have done it without help from TB!

    Im not sure if you remember, but I was stuck on a few different ones and I posted a poll. I dont think this came out on top, but your advice was a big part of it.

    :D Im so stoked!

    Peace
    Nick
     
  16. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    man, that's sweet, but i'm still diggin' that ash bodied jazz #002...awesome stuff, nino
     
  17. cods

    cods

    Sep 16, 2003
    sexy!
     
  18. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I like that Nino. Alot. Lucky boy, nick man!
     
  19. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Before I attached the pickguard, I measured from the edge of the neck heel to the center of the pickup cavity. Then after I arrached the pickguard, I drilled a hole at that center point into the PG & then I used my Drill Press with a bit that has a... ummm..... guide (?, it's late & i'm ready for bed. :)) so I would dut the p/g & not into the body.
     
  20. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Yes, I definetly feel very lucky!

    Peace
    Nick