Originally Posted by awilkie84
I've read through that, but there's nothing describing what I'm talking about. I get the different body styles that are available, but I'm referring to the NS body shape used on the current USA, CR and KR basses. There seems to be discrepancies in the shape , not including the carving contour differences between them to minimize costs.
Ah. OK. There are a few different shapes here.
The original NS-Body shape is used for the neck-thru models. I've held the very first one every made. The mock-up by Ned Steinberger that started it all and the very first full-production finished NS-1 (both owned by PJ Rubal and in his collection). And from those basses (designed in 1976 and entered into production in 1977) to the USA NS-2/NS-4 basses being made today. VERY little has changed.
Stuart changed the shape of the fingerboard to body joint in the late 1990's and the shape of the neck to body joint on the back...
Czech - Europe Series Spectors are more like Kramer-Era models than the current USA models. Their fingerboard to body and neck to body joints are almost identical to the Kramer USA and NS-2A models. And it makes sense that Stuart sent them a Kramer-Era NS-2 from which to build the first CR model templates.
In the mid 2000's Stuart wanted to bring the NS-Body Bolt-On models into the same unified shape/style. He reworked the bodies and if you hold a current Legend bolt-on to a current USA Bolt-on, the bodies are almost identical. They are slightly less rounded than the original NS-Body bolt-on models made in the early 1980's.
Ironically the CR made ReBop bolt-on models ARE NOT like the current legend and USA Bolt-on models. They are like the original early 1980's NS-Body Bolt-On models. So if you come across an NS-2JA from 1983 and you compare it to a current ReBop, the pickups, etc aside, the bodies will be the same shape.
So you've got the following different shapes: Modern/Current USA Neck-Thru NS-Body Basses:
NS-2/NS-4, NS-5, NS-5XL, NS-6XL. More rounded and streamlined than the SSD, Kramer, Brooklyn NS-Body USA Neck-Thru models. Modern/Current Europe-Series Neck-Thru NS-Body Basses:
Euro4LX, Euro4LX-TW, Euro5LX, Euro6LX - These basses will have body shapes more like the SSD, Kramer and Brooklyn Era NS-Body Neck-Thru models. Modern/Current USA NS-Body Bolt-On Basses:
NS-4H2, Shorty, NS-5H2, NS-6H2 - These basses are less rounded on the edges of their fronts and backs, but are still curved body and have the same general upper and lower horn shape as the neck-thru models. They are also the same in shape as the current Korean-Made Legend Series. The ONLY difference is that the USA models have the "Deep Pocket Neck Insert" for the necks and the Legend Series do not. Modern/Current Legend NS-Body Bolt-On Basses:
Legend Classic, MK5-Pro - These basses have the same general shape of the USA NS-Body Bolt-On models but do not have the "Deep Pocket Neck Insert" joints for their bolt-on necks. ALL ReBop Models - Past and Present:
ReBop-4, ReBop-5, ReBop-4DLX, ReBop-5DLX, ReBop4DLX-FM, ReBop5DLX-FM, ReBop-MM (4 and 5 string models) - These "Deep Pocket Neck Insert" NS-Body Bolt-On basses feature the ORIGINAL NS-BODY BOLT-ON SHAPE from 1983 and the NS-2JA model. It is the ONLY current model to use this original - historic NS-Bass shape. It is IDENTICAL to the NS-Body Neck-Thru Models in shape. SpectorCore Models:
The SpectorCore models are the ONLY current Spector models to use the NS-2000 Bass Shape. It is a flat-body NS-Bass inspired shape with a slightly thinner and more angular upper horn.
Everything else such as the Coda and the REX models falls into a different category of bass design and is not considered an NS-Body model.
I hope this clears this up for you.