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Discussion in 'TB Builder's Showcase' started by Nino Valenti, Jan 6, 2017.
Worth bagging! Mine is killer!
Comments and lots of pics of my new bass here: The Valenti Megathread Part IV
Each time I pick up my new Valenti, I am happier I decided to to pull the trigger. The bass is exceptional.
Word! I love the neck on my new J5. Hands down the best neck I've ever touched. Not sure what fret size was used, but they're smaller than I typically use. But they're perfect. I think I use less pressure to fret and that makes everything feel easier to play. Everything I pull it out of the case I hear Wayne and Garth "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy." Love this bass.
Yes, the neck is great probably is the most defining attribute of the bass when including the smaller frets. I have had a couple of chances to hook up the Valenti bass to my A/B box and spend an hour or so each time just switching back and forth with my other bass and observing. I can't tell if the Valenti neck is more swallow overall or if it just has slightly less meat to it. It feels like it is a little more rounded, or a little less of a "D" profile than my MV5.
Tonally, the reverse P is doing exactly what I wanted and expected it to do. At center detent, the bass has a very contemporary tone, almost like a soap bar bass. The low end is VERY articulate. It doesn't have the "puff" that I traditionally associate with a lot of P basses. But if you pan the PUs, you start getting into more traditional tones associated with jazz basses and P basses like these.
With the bridge PU closer to solo'ed (I don't care for the full soloed bridge tone on any bass), the tonal differences between the MV5 and the Valenti (both are ash/maple combos) are barely discernable. Both are the very grinding, mid driven tone that you expect, and both preamps are readily capable of cleanly dialing back in the low end that you lose when you isolate the bridge PU.
The neck pickup (the P) soloed isn't exactly a traditional P tone, but it's plenty close enough for my taste.
I went with the Nordstrand 2b preamp, which I am absolutely fine with. I wanted something a little different and it is. If I had to choose only one, I would pick the Sadowsky preamp for a list of reasons, but I did NOT want this bass to sound like a Sadowsky, and it doesn't. It has its own brand of awesome.
Plus, the aesthetic of it has grown on me immensely. It just looks so cool. Again, the neck wins the day. The vintage tint is very amber, darker than many I have seen tinted as "vintage." It looks so classic with the black and tort, truly a timeless combination.
Updated the 1st post with pics of available basses and pricing.
I received my bass. The first thing I noticed was how lite weight it is. This will be a lot better on the shoulders for those long standing gigs. I'm loving the 3-band Nordstrand preamp. I have the Aguilar 60's pickups. The neck feels great. I'm realizing that my hands feel a lot better play on 18mm than 19 mm spacing. I'm still amazed at the neatness of the control cavity. I will post sound samples later. Here she is.
Here's a quick demo. This is just showing one of the tones. It can do plenty more.
I still have 3 of the Special Run basses available for sale.
Highly recommended !!!
Every time I play my Valenti jazz bass I'm really impressed with it.
I love the neck on these things.
Make that 2. I just pulled the trigger on this one. I promised Nino about 10 or 15 years ago that I'd buy one of his basses. Sorry it took so long!
I still have 2 basses available.
Of which sort?
The 1st post of this thread has been edited to reflect what I still have available.
I really want a four string right now, and I can't imagine a better one.