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First impressions: Valenti 5 string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by embellisher, Jun 5, 2005.


  1. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I have received a new Valenti five string. I will give a full review after I get to know the bass better, try it at a couple of rehearsals, gigs, etc. If the tone grows on me, I will probably also use it to record at least one song when my band (www.luciddreamer.net) goes in the studio next month.

    Specs will be in the second posts, these are my first impressions, after having the bass for two days, and playing it through my bedroom amp, and through a Bass Rockman with headphones.

    This thing is beautiful. Perfect fretwork, and a lovely sherwood green finish.

    The control cavity is nice and clean, fully shielded, and features star grounding.

    The pickup routes are nice and tight.

    This thing just reeks of quality. As good of fit and finish as I have seen on any sub $2000 bass.

    The neck profile is a tad thicker than I prefer, but it is still very playable.

    Sounds very good through my Fender Bassman 25, and my Rockman.

    Gets a very convincing Jazz bass sound, as well as a decent P imitation, and a dual humbucker modern sound.
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    OK, here are the specs.

    The bass features:

    Alder Body, P style
    Pau Ferro Fretboard
    Sherwood Green Finish w/Matching H/S
    24 Frets
    Black Hardware
    HipShot B style bridge and UltraLite tuning gears
    Nordstrand Dual Coil pickups
    Humbucker/Single coil mode for each pickup
    Tort P/G
    Aguilar OBP-1, wired at 18 volts
    -Volume (with active/passive push/pull)
    -Blend
    -Treble/Bass on a stacked pot

    The coil taps give this bass a ton of tonal variety. I am sure that it will take me several weeks to learn all of the capabilities of the pickups and preamp.

    Oh yeah, this bass looks a lot like a Roscoe Beck 5.

    Nino, post pics of the bass when you have a chance.
     
  3. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Cool. I am anxious to hear more about it after you have had it awhile.

    I am seriously wanting a 4 string. And Valenti right up there at the top of my list of contenders.
     
  4. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Indeed, lets see some pics
     
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
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  6. congrats on the new bass!
    I don't really like the color, nor the pg shape, but that's personal.
    I bet it plays great :bassist:
     
  7. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    That's awesome looking! congrats embellisher
     
  8. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Most unique Valenti I've seen! :)
     
  9. Mike McGibney

    Mike McGibney Not impossible ... Inevitable

    Apr 13, 2005
    Essex, UK.
    Very nice indeed. Nino, do you shape the headstocks yourself, or is that how they come from Warmoth? Also, where did you get the pickguard from?


    Thanks

    Mike
     
  10. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    :eek:

    :eek: :eek:


    Great.... I'll never get to get my turn :spit:

    j/k Nino was teasing me the other week that I would get the first go at it... guess I need to just forget about it for a while :D

    I'll be waiting for updates Jeff! I love the look of the thing!
     
  11. moorebass

    moorebass Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I am not feelin' the tort pickguard - but to each his own
     
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I sent Warmoth trracings of my headstock and they use it to cut my HS on each neck, for a fee. They have a 4 string tracing and 2 5 string tracings, 4+1 and 5 inline.


    When I received the body, I made a tracing and sent it to Bryan Boots, a guy I met on The Pit, and he fmade a template for me and I made the pg from that template.
     
  13. Dincrest

    Dincrest

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    *in best Paris Hilton voice* "That's hot." And the super-ultra cleanliness of the cavities in Nino's basses never fails to impress.
     
  14. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Wow. I think that is my favorite Valenti so far. And I really dig the color.
     
  15. CamMcIntyre

    CamMcIntyre

    Jun 6, 2000
    USA
    With the guard and pickups-reminds me [visually] of a Roscoe Beck 5.
     
  16. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    +1
     
  17. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Very Nice Nino, your doing some really creative and beautiful work. :) :bassist:
     
  18. phxlbrmpf

    phxlbrmpf

    Dec 27, 2002
    Germany
    This is hottttttttttttt!!!
     
  19. Larzon

    Larzon

    Jan 15, 2005
    Nice looking Bass! Looks very similar to the Roscoe Beck V.
    Nice color too.
     
  20. damn... i am putting that on my GAS list!!!

    i have heard nothing but good about valenti basses.