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SOLD FS: Valenti Vintage J5, #046

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by gruuv, Apr 22, 2009.

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  1. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Specs from Nino:

    Alder Body
    Lake Placid Blue Finish
    Graphite reinforced Maple Neck
    34 inch scale
    Pau Ferro fretboard
    1 7/8” @ Nut
    No face dots, Side Dots only
    Sadowsky preamp w/VTC
    Sadowsky Single Coil J pickups
    Pearloid pickguard
    12" radius
    Chrome Hardware
    HipShot B Style bridge (19mm spacing)
    HipShot UltraLite Tuning Gears
    Contoured heel for easier access to the upper frets
    Dunlop Straplocks
    Contoured heel for easier access to the upper frets

    Pictures from Nino:


    You can find all this info on Nino's site.

    Now for the sales pitch:

    Link to my original, brief thoughts on this bass

    This bass was built for a good friend of mine who is a 4 string player at heart. He hung onto this bass for over 2 years because it's just that nice. He recently sold it to me, since it wasn't getting as much playing time as his 4, because I told him that if he ever got rid of it, I'd take it in a second.

    The gist of it is that I'm an ash/maple guy and even though I love this bass, it just isn't going to get the kind of time it should because of my ash/maple leanings. It is full, tight, and clear and the action is very low, no fret buzz. Slap or fingerstyle, it's all here. There is a ding/chip out of the paint on top of the body, approximately the size of the tip of a sharpie. Neither of us knows how it got there - I will try to get some pictures of it this weekend.

    I have owned many a Sadowsky Metro and NYC, and this bass has all the mojo of any RV I've played. It's quite a bass. And it needs to go to someone who will play it.

    See last post for trade spec's. . .
  2. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Just got a PM from Nino, for everyone's info:

  3. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Here's a horrible picture of the ding, but it should give you an idea of the size - anything else is sparkle or dust:

  4. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Some interest, but no takers. Slammin' bass. . .
  5. smakbass

    smakbass Smakkin basses for 25 years..

    Aug 6, 2002
    Vancouver Canada
    Yeah I love my Valenti (25), this one looks great.
  6. jonno1707

    jonno1707 Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2006
    Nanuet N.Y.
    Bump for a killer bass from a great TBer....
  7. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Thanks, fellers...
  8. That sure is a beauty! Too bad my money tree isn't blooming yet. How come these basses always come up when I'm broke?:help:
  9. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Money tree bump... ;)
  10. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Price drop bump
  11. What's the weight?
  12. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    I was afraid someone might ask weight - this was before Nino began posting weights on the site. But, my expert weights and measurements methodology tells me that it's right at 9 lbs, maybe a hair under.
  13. OrionManMatt


    Feb 17, 2004
    That's just plain sexy. I've been wanting to switch to a '60s spacing 34" five string. I love my DJ5 but it's just not my "80% tone" (you know, the tone you want most of the time). Too bad you're not interested in trades but this is worth a bump to the top.
  14. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    GHS Strings
    bump for Gruuv..you can't go wrong with a bass that has these specs
  15. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Thanks, man... I actually pulled it out tonight to run some "Let's Work" and "Lopsy Lu" and I don't know if I can bring myself to let her go.

  16. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    What's the string spacing at the bridge?
  17. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    19mm - and actually I've decided that for now, I'd only like to entertain trades. Here are the specifications:

    ash body/maple board
    single coil pickups
    Sadowsky, Valenti, Nordy, Atelier Beta 6?

    EDIT: No can do - me keepy. . . the only thing to do is pick up an ash/maple and do the compare/contrast deal.
  18. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Didn't think I'd do this. Re-opening this, for sale only, because of a certain ash/maple bass that's up for sale right now.

    Please note, if my Elrick sells, or the other bass goes before I can grab it, this will be off the market. Again, no trades on this - only selling to pick up this other bass.

    Soooo, mixed emotions bump. . . :eyebrow:

    EDIT: For some reason I am not able to edit any of my previous posts, including the original ad, so. . .

    Price: $1650, plus shipping costs

    Quote from Nino reposted:

    "You may want to mention that the bass sells new for $2025 w/a 3-4 month wait."
  19. LowBSix

    LowBSix Commercial User

    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    PM to ya!
  20. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Off market - too nice not to keep!

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