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The Greatest Bass Ever Made...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by madbassplaya, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Happens to belong to me, now. Please don't steal it, I like it!

    I thought about titling this The Greatest Valenti Ever Made or The Greatest Jazz Bass Ever Made but after playing the bass more this morning, I have come to the conclusion that this is indeed the greatest bass ever made. :D

    Here's the back story. I like basses...all different kinds of basses. Look through my feedback, I've bought and sold a lot. I have found no bass sounds bad to me, I just prefer the tone of some over others and a jazz bass reigns supreme.

    After graduating from my masters program and finding a job I knew I was going to order a custom J from Nino. I have owned two of his basses before: #89 and #105. Both were great basses but not exactly what I was wanting.

    I commissioned Nino to build a custom J bass that was modern looking, passive, and had different tonal applications (similar to a Roscoe Beck V). Here are the specs:

    Full size J body (Candy Apple Red)
    Maple neck/fingerboard (no inlays)
    Stainless frets
    Hipshot Hardware
    Passive electronics
    Nordstrand Dual Coil Pickups with series/paralel/single coil switching for each pickup
    Weight between 9-10 lbs.
    Countersunk neck attachment

    Nino out did himself on this one. It came to me with Sadowsky Blue Labels on it (my request) but they honestly didn't suit this bass as well as I thought. A balanced set of D'Addarios did though.

    Nino really outdid himself on this one. I priced several other makers and for the money, no one could touch Nino. The bass is solid and I am very happy with it so far!

    Without further ado, I present to you Valenti STJ5 #154


    Thank you again Nino!
  2. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Very Nice!! Has a timeless, classic clean look to it.
  3. Looks legit. Not a big fan of the color, tough, but if you dig it, do it!
  4. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Wow! Congrats!

    I need to have Nino build me a bass one of these days!

  5. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Inactive

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Not sure it's the worlds greatest bass.
    I'd need to borrow it for a couple of weeks to make sure :)
  6. Don't know if it's the greatest, but it sure looks nice!
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Don't argue with the man!!! ;)
  8. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007

    Love the Roscoe-Beck-ish vibe.
  9. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    Very nice! I had a Roscoe Beck V in the same colour very briefly and if it wasn't so heavy and the neck was a bit slimmer, I'd still have it. What a good sounding bass it was, as I imagine yours is.
  10. I like the details, like the star earthing, the string pull-downs, the switching.
  11. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    everything but the color. Still a great bass!!
  12. SDMFJay


    Jan 27, 2011
    Looks like a great bass and maybe I'm looking into it too much but, I must say from my view about the topic, "the greatest bass ever made" would have to be the first one ever invented/created. without that one, who knows if we'd have the music we have today. and of course, that certainly raises all sorts of other directional questions, upright or electric, construction or sound, ect ect. Still happy you have "THE ONE" bass that suits you. Congrats!
  13. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004
    Awesome! I like the color!
    OOD likes this.
  14. With that title I thought you got a warwick.:smug:
  15. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Nice. Congrats.

    I've often thought if I lost all my basses, I probably call Nino and have him make me a bass to my specs. His prices and turn around time are very reasonable for the quality.
  16. Mendry37


    Oct 19, 2004
    Albany, New York
    Congrats on the Valenti and the Masters. Ive been contemplating buying another Valenti or taking a weekend trip to the Boleyn Ground with my brother after the completion of my Masters. Hell..I might just do both.
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Hey man, it's a nice bass and all, but it's not the best bass ever made.

    The best bass ever made is Valenti #162, my hollowbody J5:spit:



    Nice bass man, welcome to the fold.
    It's useless to resist a second. So, you might as well just get that over with.
  18. Thundar

    Thundar Don't talk old to me Supporting Member

    Congrats Buddy! Glad youre happy with it!! That is a feat in itself ;) Kudos to Nino!
    I look forward to coming by and playing that bad boy very soon! :bassist:
  19. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Nice-lookin' bass there, bro!

    Enjoy it. :bassist:
  20. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    Sweet Valenti!!! Congrats and enjoy! I must admit I'm happy with #30!

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