spector rebop or euro 5
Looking into getting a new bass my 14 year old jackson needs a breake
been looking at spector and like the tone and feel of it was a ns model thou but i was wondering if it was worth saving some more and go for a euro model or would a rebop do the job as well ?
It's not possible for me to try a rebop since there is no spector dealerl in my country
been looking at a Spector Rebop 5 DLX or a Spector Euro 5 Lx-tw
any advise would be appreciated
I currently own (and am selling) a ReBop5. The difference between the Euro & ReBop is rather minimal. The ReBop's a bolt-on and a little lighter, but the tone's the same as the Euro. The ReBop comes stock with passive pickups, paired with the TonePump 2-band Pre-amp. I switched mine out to EMG 40J pickups, but the passives were nice, too. The Euro comes with active pickups. The necks are very similar, except at the heel. I like the heel on the ReBop better, as it's contoured instead of shaped like a Set-neck. The bridges are different, too. The Euro has a brass bridge and the ReBop is aluminum. There's next to no tonal difference caused by this, though.
I love this bass. The only reason I'm even selling it is because I want a USA-made EBMM Stingray 5 and can't get one without freeing up some gear funds.
They're both great basses & you wouldn't be doing yourself any harm with either choice. :)
Ok good to hear i've been told that the rebop neck was much fatter than the euro
Ok i'll go for the rebop then and save a few bucks if there is no bigger difference in tone and feel
Also think about picking up a Legend series and upgrading the pickups to EMGs or Bartolinis. I have both a ReBop 4 with the EMG HZ pickups with the 18 v Tone pump setup. But my Legend 4 with EMGXs and the EMG BQC pre mp. The Legend is a thinner neck and a smaller string nut. The legend reflects more of a jazz bass feel and the ReBop reminds me more of a Fender P bass. If you are thinking of jumping into the Spector world, do not under estimate the value, playability and upgrade ability of the Legend series. I would shy away from the performer series. I feel it is a fantastic entry level bass that blows the completion away, however being a seasoned musician I think you could find real value in the Legend or a NS-2004 on the used market. Neck thru with solid maple wings and brass nut. Definitely the forgotten Jem of Spector basses. Happy hunting on your new bass.
On a side note, every Spector neck regardless of Korean, Czech or USA they are all made in the US in the Woodstock, NY factory. So all the necks are built with the same quality assurance across the board.
The ReBop and the Euro definitely don't sound the same at all; the tonal differences between the bolt on/neck thru construction, graphite/brass nuts, and the active/passive pickups are fairly dramatic.
The TW pickups in the Euro are also push/pull for both humbucker and single coil sounds; both basses sound like Spectors, but they definitely have their own voices.
The Euro is much more similar to the NS; aside from the bridges (solid brass in the NS, Brass/Zinc alloy or Aluminum in the Euro) the body wings (solid maple in the NS, maple/walnut/alder in the Euro) and the preamp (USA Haz circuit in the NS, TonePump or OBP-2 or BQC in the Euro) they are exactly the same.
The bottom line really is whether you prefer the sound and feel of a bolt on or a neck thru bass; the rest of the parts (bridge, nut, preamp, pickups) can be changed as you see fit.
Regardless of what you prefer, definitely looking into picking up one used on the classifieds here, you'll get much more value for your money ;)
Getting a used would be great but since im located in Denmark and there is no shop in the entire country that sell spector ( they all got a hard on for Sandberg for some reason) there is no used spector at all
Im gonna take a trip to the uk later this year and see if im able to find some different spector models and try Them out before trowing 1000$ bucks after somthing im 100% sure about
Thx for the input and advise
Not sure if you've tried one of those Spectors yet, but here's an important thing to know (if you play in the high registers):
The Rebop has considerably better access to the last few frets than the Euro. The Euro is the classic Spector shape that Warwick ripped off for their Streamer. I've had a Streamer, and HATED that I couldn't even get to the last two frets...why even have them then?
If you have both available to try out before you buy them I would do that first ,, euro 5 is heavier and i believe brighter sounding than the rebop but that is maybe my ear to someone elses. both are off the chain fantastic basses
Ive owned them both. I like the rebop. Way lighter weight, excellent sound, half the price, and a very stable great working bass. The Euro are WAY HEAVY. Using maple bodies, neck thru, and the sound is a bit more cutting than the rebop. Quintessential spector sound..like a razor. The Rebops are a little more tame, and I found them to be a more versatile bass. Euro's are Killer rock basses, but the weight alone is just too much to take on a 4 hour gig.
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