FS Only: 1979-1980 Brooklyn Spector NS-2
Well, this one is going to hurt, but I need to free up some funds.
Up for sale is a 1979-1980 Brooklyn Era Spector NS-2.
I bought this bass a few months back on ebay. The bass was loaded with non original EMG-X pickups and was missing the original HAZ preamp when I received it.
Luckily, aside from the pickups, preamp, and the strap buttons, the bass was 100% original.
I decided to bring this back to its former glory as much as I could. I took out the EMG’s and replaced the pickups with period correct 70s PAF Dimarzio P/J pickups, and managed to buy and install a Mighty Mite MM114 Preamp aka the Korean HAZ Copy Preamp.
Everything is wired exactly as it was with the exception of the mini switch closest to the bridge end of the body, which would have been an active/passive switch. I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate that with the existing Mighty Mite Pre, so it’s only there for show.
The other switch closest to the neck controls the “Dimarzio Dual Sound” for the Precision pickup. From what I can tell it works as a Series/Parallel switch for the P pup. Towards the neck the tone is darker and has more heft, while towards the bridge it’s a little bit brighter and more articulate.
As you will see the bass has some honest player wear, but luckily it has not been abused. There was a poor attempt at a repair on the peghead veneer, an additional hole for a strap button in the middle of the body, a crack in the top by the knobs (which does not go through the control cavity, its only on the surface) and some gnarly thumb wear over the P pickup. Aside from that and having its fair share of dings and scratches, it’s in pretty good shape for a bass it’s age, and for one that’s clearly been played for most it’s life.
There is some noticeable fretwear, but it doesn’t hinder its playability. There are some shots of where the action is below, but it measures ~3/32” @ the 17th fret and is buzz free. I would consider that to be about medium action. The neck is dead straight and the truss rod works as it should.
The bass itself consists of a single piece of maple that runs through the body, and has 2 walnut body wings as well as a cherry transition block. There’s also 2 maple ears to make up the headstock, as well as a woodgrain peghead veneer, and a wooden truss rod access cover which is way nicer than plastic!
It’s a bit lighter than an all maple Spector NS-2, just a hair over 9lbs.
As for tone, this bass definitely sounds like a Spector, but it’s a little less articulate, and less bright than an EMG loaded, all maple model. I also own a ’87 Kramer Era NS-2 so I did compare the two.
You can definitely bring in some of that snap with the Precision pickup switch set to the bridge position, and boosting the treble a bit on the preamp, but it’s not exactly the same. This bass is a little warmer and more organic sounding with the Dimarzio’s being in there, which makes sense seeing as though the pickups are passive. If you wanted a more classic Spector tone, then you could easily swap in some EMG’s. As I said earlier the bass came with EMG-X pickups originally, and even without a preamp, the classic Spector tone was pretty much there!
Neck shape is pretty much identical to my Kramer era NS-2 as well for those of you that like those thinner Spector necks!
Now for the price. I’m going to be pretty firm on this as I think my price is fair considering the history and condition for this bass, and it covers what I have into it.
$1600.00 Shipped FIRM. No trades please. I will ship in a beat up generic hardcase to keep it protected on its trip. US buyers only!!!
All in all this is a very nice vintage Spector that would definitely make anyone who likes these basses happy!
Now for pics!
Here's a link to the full photobucket album:
Piece of history right there. Very cool!
this is such a cool bass... GLWTS!!
Very nice restoration with a great price for a true collector!
Sweet. That's an outstanding price. Someone needs to snap this up ASAP!
Friday BUMP! This is an amazing piece of Spector/bass history! You cannot find theses all day long! Wish I was in position to buy this! Don't have regrets, BUY NOW! You won't be disappointed. :bassist: great seller to buy from! :)
What a great piece of Spector history! I love the EARLY Brooklyn Spectors that let teh natural wood show thru! I want it...but can't afford it...
don't hesitate! Great bass and a great seller!
Awesome bass, somebody is going to love this one!
Oh man! I wish I could pick this puppy up. Classic!
This should have sold already, such a cool bass.
this is officially SOLD!!!
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