Need help with Spector ID

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  1. Sky Pivot

    Sky Pivot

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    Hello fellow bass heads! I have a chance to purchase this Spector bass and was just wondering if anyone can tell me what model it looks like? (yes the seller doesn't know much about Spector bass's also).

    How do you tell the "Euro's" from the "USA's"???

    And can anyone give a "ballpark" value based on the model and appearance in the picture so I don't overpay?

    Any help would be so appreciated! Thanks guys!

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  2. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict

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    That is a USA Spector NS-5. The abalone inlays & squared off bridge are clues. Great bass. Check in over at the Spector Club for used value, but I paid around $3k for my new USA NS-4.
  3. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Euro's are made in Europe, that's why they are called Euro ;) Otherwise they would be name USA's, like the custom shop ones :p

    Ask him a picture of the back of the headstock. If I'm correct that's where most info should be.
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    May be able to tell from the bridge, but the back of the headstock is the tell tale clue.
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  6. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict

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    Correct. It will have "Made in USA", Stuart Spector's signature, the "NS-5" designation, and the date it was built all hand-written back there.
  7. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict

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    One thing catches my attention - most USA NS-4 and NS-5 basses have the 12-volt preamp, with volume, balance & stacked bass/treble knobs - this bass may have the Aguilar (or other) preamp, but its certainly a USA model.
  8. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

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    At a glance when looking at pictures:

    Euro has mother of pearl inlays, the bridge has rounded edges.

    USA has abalone inlays, the bridge has more squared edges.
  9. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    If you look at this bass, what would be the value in your opion / thought?

  10. Sky Pivot

    Sky Pivot

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    Thanks for all the input guys! I appreciate all the help
  11. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict

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    I'd pay between $2000 - $2700, depending on condition.

    I can tell for sure from the pics that she's a USA, but I can't make out the finer details. Also, my top dollar would be for one with the Spector USA 12-volt preamp, but only because the USA Spector preamps are my preferred choice. It will still sound killer with an Aggie (or other) pre, just different.
    Me? I live for the bite & growl that you get from combining EMGs with a Spector USA preamp. :bassist:
  12. Sky Pivot

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    I will contact seller and get pic headstock (front and back)
  13. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    That's nice!

  14. CH Design

    CH Design Supporting Member

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    Spector makes a 12V preamp? ;)
  15. Torn Bassist

    Torn Bassist Supporting Member

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    The USA pre-amps are 9V and 18V...12V is a mistake or type-O.
  16. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict

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    Correct - a typo on my part. :oops:

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