Purchasing a new bass guitar (Spector)

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  1. andytl755

    andytl755

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    Please, I am seeking some advice on purchasing a new bass guitar and I am impressed with the Spector basses, although they are a little hard to come by here in the UK.

    To cut a long story short, due to an error on my local music stores part, I am left with an amount of credit. I know I am relatively new to basses, yet due to this issue am looking at higher end basses. I am a guitarist and drummer primarily.

    I feel I would regret it, soon down the line, if I purchased a 4-string, so I am looking for a 5-string.

    I am interested in many genres and styles of music, but would more likely be playing forms of pop, rock, folk, country, heavy - with an emphasis on music 'real, authentic' sounding, wanting the bass delivering plenty of growl and bite.

    The thing that attracted me by the Spector guitars was there versatility.

    I have very little source of information, so could someone please explain the differences between the NS2 and the NS4. The NS4 seems to denote the 4-string, is the NS2 available as 5-string? What about the H2 or XL suffix. Just to confuse me further the bass I have seen seems to have written on the back NS-YHL. http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/SpeLeg_NS2_Bolt-on.html. I don’t know if that guitar is a NS2 or NS4, the page has contradictory details.

    In advance, thank you very much for your help
    Andy
     
  2. eriky4003

    eriky4003

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    You can try the website: http://www.spectorbass.com/. That should help you find your way.
    I own an old NS2 which is a really nice bass.
     
  3. tbz

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    That's a Spector NS-4H2; there is a 5 string equivalent of that exact model, the NS-5H2.

    Pretty sure the H2 just denotes the fact that it's bolt-on, but I'll defer to the Spector experts like LimaGuy.

    Also looks like its a mahogany body with a maple top; NS2 usually have maple wings, unless it's an "exotic" variant (or one of the older models.)

    NS-2s generally have PJ pickups, NS4 is dual soapbar. Per my understanding there is a 5 string model of the NS4 (ns5) but not the NS2.

    EX is a suffix they use to denote basses built out of "Exotic" wood or with exotic tops (e.g Poplar Burl, Zebrawood)
    LX is a suffix they added to the Euro models when they started building them with 3 piece Alder/Walnut/Maple wings. Older Euro models had solid Maple wings. Current Euro models are all LX or LX/EX; pre-LX models are just referred to by number of strings (e.g. Euro 4, Euro 5)

    If you're looking at Euros it's a good idea to do some research on the preamp; Spector Euros have a boost/cut preamp setup but don't have a center indent for a "flat" position. They sound great, but make sure you're comfortable with that before buying. If not you'll want to plan to "upgrade" to an Aguilar or EMG preamp.

    A complete list of their existing US models:

    http://www.spectorbass.com/USA-Series.html

    Euro Models:

    http://www.spectorbass.com/Europe-Series.html
     
  4. awilkie84

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    The H2 denotes what pick-ups were used. H2 = 2 humbuckers. There's also the NS*JH, NS*J2, NS*PJ, etc.
     
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  6. Torn Bassist

    Torn Bassist Supporting Member

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    Come on over to the Spector club, the guys will help you out with any questions you might have.
     
  7. andytl755

    andytl755

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    Thank you guys, the help is really appreciated.
     

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