The Birth of Valenti #15

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Poon, May 23, 2005.

  1. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Here are the pre-liminary shots of the bass. I still have a few last details that I need to figure out with Nino. Nino has been super communicative/understanding with me and I can't convey how great that is for a person waiting for their custom. I can't wait to give it the full review in about a month.

    Here's the Specs.

    Ash Body
    Flame Maple Top
    Maple Neck
    Ebony Board with Mother of Pearl Dots
    Nordstrand Dual-Coil Pickups - Series Parallel Coil Tap for Each
    Aguilar OBP-3 w/ Active/Passive Bypass
    All Knobs are going to be push pull except for blend.
    Hipshot Type A Bridge Satin Black
    Hipshot Ultralites Satin Black
    Black Accent Line

    My question to you all is for my mid-switch, what should I have the present voice be at 400hz or 800hz and which should be the pulling selection?

    Anyway here are the "in progress" shots this far

  2. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Nino is kicking arse!!! God, I love ebony boards! :bassist:
  3. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Sorry Poon, somebody else is going to have to help you with the mid .....

    But, my, my, my that bass is outright pretty :bassist:
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    For me personally, I'd have the default at 400hz for cutting through and pull out for 800hz.

    Awesome looking bass so far...

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nice flame top, looks like your going to have a great bass. :bassist:
  6. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    Nice bass!

    My Modulus is set for 400 in/800 out. FWIW I like the whole "knob is higher and frequency is higher" thing, it makes it easy to remember. I tend to need the boost at 800 more often than at 400 for some reason.
  7. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think that's what I'm doing. Thanks David :)
  8. BassManPatsFan

    BassManPatsFan Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    San Francisco
    holy poop thats beautiful!
    i want one!!!!!!!!!
  9. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Anyone have a preference on any of these knob configurations. Keep in mind, there are no more switches. I think I'm going with design #1, but it's a bit modified. The Volume button will be a little lower and more parallel with the what's marked as mid knob.

    Design #1 & Nino accidentally mislabeled the treble and mid

    Design #2

    Design #3, there is going to be 5 knobs, so keep that in mind too.
  10. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Man, that is one tasteful combination of woods. Gotta love the accent line! I agree also: have the 400 in and 800 out.

    I really dig that notch that Nino makes to the headstocks: Nice effective way to add signature element.

    Congrats all around.
  11. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    As far as knob layout, I'd go with #2.

    Mine is setup 400hz default/800 pull up, and it is very intuitive.

    Great looking bass!
    Let us know how you like the Dual Coils. :)
  12. For the knob layout I would choose the 2nd but I would put the balance instead of the volume.

    As I always play with full volume the balance is the first knob under my fingers so it allows quicker sound changing, if you see what I mean.
    I would also put the switch above the knobs not between(in the empty area between knob and bridge pup).
  13. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    I would go with Design #2, but with a 4 knob layout stacking the bass and treble and putting a switch in between each knob. I think that would look the best personally.
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    There are going to be no Mini Switches. I found out today I can get the correct Pot with a push/pull and the pictures were taken a few days ago with the assumption that I would have to use the mini switches.
  15. mgmadian


    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I'd go with #3, but also like #2. The reason I typically don't basses with a layout like #1 is that I often mute the strings with my palm laying on the bridge (playing the notes with my thumb). A layout like #1 gets in the way.

    Great lookin' bass! No doubt it'll be killer... wonder how it would sound compared to this:


    ... which I just noticed the other day and would love to try!

    BTW...what's the string spacing? 19mm/1.75"?
  16. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    Nice looking bass. Can't wait to see it finished.
  17. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Here are a couple more to throw at you:

  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    FYI, This is my favorite:

  19. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Ya' know, you're really tickin' me off with this... that's pretty much EXACTLY the bass I'd order from Nino. Crap. Guess I'll have to go quilted when I can come up with the money. ;) The trick is finding another body with that quality level.

    Keep in mind you not only owe us all finished pics, but MP3's, as well. Or, as the rule goes, you lose the bass. I'll PM you my address just in case... :D