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Valenti Standard Style 5 String Jazz #020 (in production)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Nino Valenti, Jan 22, 2006.

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  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    This is a bass I'm building for ptidwell. The specs are:

    Swamp Ash body
    Swamp Ash body with Natural finish
    Wenge Neck with black laminate headstock face
    Wenge Board
    Nordstrand DC5’s Dual Coil pickups
    Aguilar OBP-3
    Black Hardware
    Hipshot A Style Bridge
    Hipshot Ultralites Tuners
    Schaller Strap Locks
    Strings Sadowsky Bright Nickel

    The bass will have what has become know as the Poon layout:
    1-Volume w/p/p for preamp bypass
    3-Treble w/p/p for Neck position P/U for Humbucker mode to Single Coil mode
    4-Mids with w/p/p for Mid Shift
    5-Bass w/p/p for Bridge position P/U for Humbucker mode to Single Coil mode

    Here are some pics:
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  4. Bass Tranquil

    Bass Tranquil

    Nov 16, 2003

    I've always wanted one of yours, but I've never seen them come up on the used market too often.

    Maybe if you'd make one scratched up on purpose, lol.
  5. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Do I even really need to say it? My God what a beatiful bass!

    I love those pickups, Nino!
  6. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Man, nino. If I need a P or a J made, I'll definitely look you up. I like the wenge neck on that!
  7. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Looks great, Nino

  8. Wow! that's all I can say! :bassist:

    I know what i'm saving up for now...:ninja:

    I just hope that i don't go crazy while saving up! lol

    Oh ya, Nino, how much would it cost one to get one of those b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l basses? I've probably asked you before, but I easily forget :rollno:

    Anyways, just amazing!
  9. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    I can't wait to see a thread with MY bass under construction!!

    Great work Nino.
  10. Do mine next :hyper:
  11. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    Lookin good Nino...I love the natural/ black veneer headstock look... smokin!
  12. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    Any chance that you're looking for an apprentice? :p

    Seriously, I'm always amazed at the superb craftsmanship and articulate attention to detail that you seem employ when building these basses. Someday I'd like to be able to do what you do.
  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Nino, that is another beautiful bass. I would love to see that done in a passive version.
  14. Kronos


    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    That control cavity is immaculate! Schweet.
  15. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looks stellar Nino and I'm honored I get a layout named after me...:D
  16. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Wow. What an awesome, clean job on the electronics, wiring, shielding and layout! I am very impressed. You do clean work Nino!

    I've been jonesing for a 5 string Jazz-ish body with a decent neck profile that punches, growls and slaps with the best. (I want it all, I know) I haven't met a Fender 5'er neck that I have liked yet. They are nasty. What are the neck profiles like on your basses Nino? Do they vary, or are they 5 string neck profiles all the same? Lakland neck profiles are reasonable for my hands, as are Sadowsky's and Lull's. How do your neck profiles compare?

    Those Nordie Pickups sure look sweet. Have you heard a set of them yet? Gary
  17. Nino, great job as usual...

    But I've got a question. Don't take this the wrong way as it's an issue that all builders should consider. I see that you are connecting the ground to the bridge. That is a potentially deadly detail should the player come in contact with another house circuit that is out of phase to the one the player's equipment is being powered by.

    IMO, we small builders should NEVER do this on the off chance that the above situation could arise. Why shouldn't we do it when lots of other manufacturers do it? Because we don't carry product liability insurance as a rule and should a client be injured or killed because of the ground connection, we could be wiped out financially in an ensuing law suit for wrongful death. It isn't as far fetched as one may think. IMO, we could or should be doing everything to stop buzz short of connecting the bridge to the ground plane.

    Your thoughts?
  18. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    Supposedly a .001 uf capacitor and 220kΩ resistor twisted inline of your bridge ground will quiet any hum and protect the user from electrocution.
  19. I have to agree.

    none of my basses have grounded ("earthed" for the Aussies and the Brits) bridges. They are all suitably quiet.

    However, with that said, the REAL liability for electric shock to an improper earth should lie with either the amplifier manufacturer or the electrician that did the power source wiring.

    Why? Because one MUST ask the question..."How did a dangerous voltage get onto the earth in the FIRST place?"

    back to the bridge grounding issue...the main reason why grounding the bridge reduces noise is because the strings now act as a partial faraday cage for the pickups. Well contructed pickups or well shielded pickup cavities will ALSO aid in this aspect without putting the player in direct contact to earth.

    back to the safety issue...guys, be safe...check your stuff with a reliable meter...get a power outlet tester for checking house power and please don't play if it isn't correct. Your safety is way more important than some stupid gig.
  20. If I did this I'd be going for a resistor more in the 1-2Mohm range...the higher the impedence between my body and the earth, the better.

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