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My new bass project

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nino Valenti, Sep 8, 2002.


  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    On my birthday (9/6), I went to a NJ Guitar & Bass Center just to look around at some high end stuff. I tried alot of nice basses including a Zon Sonus 5 & Modulus Quantum 5.

    I was looking around & I noticed a showcase that had a Warmoth Jazz body. Ash body with a Koa top. Looked REALLY nice. Make a long story short, I bought it. :D Total w/tax was $185.50. I believe that the top has a clear coat only & the back has a black dye. The black is almost transparent. It's definitly not done by Warmoth. It's not 100% perfect, but it's still very nice. I have all tha parts except the neck so I went on eBay last nite & bought a Mighty Mite J neck for $75. I was going to go with a Warmoth neck but it's twice as much & I REALLY need to be thrifty (cheap) on this project. Also, a friend of mine has 2 MMite strats necks for a while & he's not had any problems.
    Here is a list of what's going into her:
    • Sadowsky hum cancelling pick ups
    • Black hardware
    • Hipshot bridge & tuners
    • Control plate w/no pickguard
    • Passive

    So far, it looks like the total of this bas is gonna cost ~$500. I can't wait to get the neck & finish her up!!!!:D

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=652975">
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=652976">
     
  3. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Diggin' the Koa top. That's the first Koa top I've seen that hasn't been "blah" to me. Nice score Nino.
     
  4. I'm diggin' it already.

    Where does the line between the black and the Koa begin?
     
  5. WinterBass

    WinterBass

    May 19, 2002
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Endorsing Artist: MTD
    Nino,

    I have a Mighty Mite jazz neck on a bass and I am very happy with it. I finished it with 4 coats of tung oil and it came out great. Good luck with the project!

    Eric
     
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The black finish on the ash ends where Koa begins.
     
  7. gfab333

    gfab333

    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Nino,

    Good catch! That bass is going to sound great. Are you getting an all maple neck, or one with rose wood fretboard?

    My project about six months ago was to replace a rosewood neck on an old early 80s Jazz with a maple neck. Like yourself, I didn't want to spend big bucks on the neck. I found a new Mightymite neck for $99 on the Net. I finished it myself with about 4 coats of clear nitrocellulose high gloss lacquer -I wanted that Fender feel. I then installed the neck and set up the action. It was just a "pet" project for fun, since I rarely use a 4 string anymore, only 5s. It came out very nicely.

    After six months, I can say that the Mightymite neck seems very stable once it "settles in" with your initial truss rod ajustments. I keep my necks nearly straight for low action. I noticed a distinct difference in the tone of my bass, more of that maple neck high end. I'm not sure, but I recollect that when I researched mightymite, I found that they don't put in any reinforcing bars, so I'm impressed with how stable my neck is in the tropical Hawaiian climate.
     
  8. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    Nino: is there any chance u can build me one? :)
     
  9. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    that's a pretty snazzy looking body there Nino... I dig It!


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  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    If you have/order all the parts, sure.
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The bass is assembled & I brought it to band pratice last night. So far, I'm very happy with it. It had a little more of the mid range growl than any of my other Jazzes & it cuts through nicly. It still need some minor set up work but I had to give her a run in the studio. :)
     
  12. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    lets see the finished project shall we??
     
  13. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Yes please!
    I would have been really curious if you could have tried one of the Essex necks on there. I've read good things about them and they're only $50!
     
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Sorry. <a href="http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/ninobrown906/lst?.dir=/Warmoth-Koa&.view=t"><b>CLICK HERE!!!</b></a>
     
  15. Right on! I'm thinking about building a beater 4 outta a MM neck, and I think that just made the decision easier!
     
  16. You did a hell of a job. What a beauty and I bet it plays and sounds at least as good as it looks!
     
  17. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Cool. What plans do you have?
     
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Thanks. It sounds excellent but it dosen't play very well yet. It need to be set up. I beleive the neck needs to be shimmed, I have to intonate it, I have to file the nut (it came pre slotted but the strings are WAY to high) it's just that I'm not in the mood. LOL. Whan all is said & done, this bass is gonna be killer.
     
  19. Funkster

    Funkster

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    As I said on BL Nino that is sweet, It's comming out nice, I'm just keeping a eye on your 70's J
    I might make that one my xmas present if she don't sell and the price is right!;)
     
  20. Yeah, it'll have to settle in for a month or so; at least that's been my experience with newly assembled bolt-ons. I usually wait until the components have seated themselves before I do the "fine tuning" stuff.