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Another new Spector family member....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sigkill, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. Well, this is sort of a bitter sweet experience for me. I love this bass! However, I had to give up my Jazz to get it. :( An unexpected financial situation came up and I needed cash quick, so I returned it to GC and walked out the door with this, plus the difference in cash that I needed. With no further ado, I give you my Amber Q4.... :D

    <img src="http://grnco.net/~exums/Spector/DSC00001.JPG">

    Other pics can be seen <a href="http://grnco.net/~exums/Spector">here</a>. As I said, I hated giving up the Jazz, but thus far I'm nuts over the sound of this. I expected the HZ's to be severely lacking over the DC's in the Euros, but I was extremely and pleasantly surprised. Now that I have a Spector to play at home, this is the start of something big for me. I'll miss the Jazz, but I think this is the closest I've ever come to hitting the tone in my head. Huge low end growl, warm but clear highs. For me, this is what a bass is supposed to sound like. As I said the tone in my head. First bass I've had that works it's growl out of the low end. I'm in love. I see bad things for my school loan. :meh: :D I plan to be a member of this family for quite a long time. :bassist:
  2. vacman


    Mar 8, 2004
    portland, or
    Congrats....Spector makes great stuff and the Rebop is very high on my gas list....If you have found the tone that is in your head that is something to toast. I am still not there yet.
    It is the search for the Holy Grail....bullwhip and all :D
  3. BassDerek


    Aug 15, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    I bought the Q5 back in january, and i love the sound as well, congrats on the new bass.
  4. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Nice bass/choice. I have a Q5. Good bass. I agree about the growl thing. Its surprising because its not only low end growl, but mid range and even some high end growl too. Unfortunately, unlike you thats not the tone in my head. I put flatwounds on mine and its got a tone closer to what i like.

    Im still searching for a bass that has the tone in my head. The closest ive found is a Spector Euro 4 and that may be it, and i might buy one in a year .
    Back to the Spector, woot, nice choice.
  5. appler

    appler Guest

    That looks just like my old one! I shouldn't have sold it... sweet bass, man.
  6. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I love my Q4. yours looks almost identical to mine. Congratulations. :hyper:
  7. BlasphemyArise


    Jul 15, 2004
    i LOVE spector basses :hyper: , I'k prolly gonna get a Legend 5 in a few months. VERY sweet bass man, i'm jealous :bawl:
  8. Timbo


    Jun 14, 2004
    Congrats on the bass! T'is a beauty. Welcome to the club.
    I love my spector too.
  9. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI

    I am thinking of putting DC 40's in mine with a Agular pre amp! They tell me it's the meanest Pre amp out there and smokes the BQC and Spector pre's. Me thinks this will be the tone of all tones with the feel I love from my Rebop 5 string!
  10. metalbob

    metalbob Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2004
    so california
    :hyper: i was just wondering if anyone else has had a problem with the finish dulling due sweet on there spectors???????????
  11. Thanks for all the kind words guys. :D Probably goes without saying, but since posting, I've been playing her more, and I have to say, the more I play her, the more I fall in love. I feel like she just makes me sound better, and that in turn, makes me want to play better. This really is the closest I've ever been to the tone in my head. The lows and mids are exactly where I want them. The growl is exactly what I've been searching for. If I could change anything, I'd make the highs a little brighter. I'm thinking a fresh set of strings could help that.

    Something else I'm surprised with, is just how much I'm taken with the color and the body shape. Previously, from pics, I was underwhelmed with the body shape, and flat out did not like the Amber color. It's incredible in person though. Thus far, no gripes at all, except that I don't own two. :p

    Anyway, best of luck with the Warwick, Fig, you have incredible patience if you can last the wait time you say you're looking at. Getting the Q4 just has me more impatient to get a Euro. :D

    Ricplaya, the upgrades you mentioned seem to be a fairly easy DIY project. However, I think a fresh set of strings will really make the HZ's more than I need for now, and I seriously hope to get a Euro with the 35 or 40 DC's, sometime in the not so distant future.

    Metalbob, haven't had mine long enough to know, but I wipe down my basses (regardless of make/model) everytime I go to put them back in the stand, because I do notice the finish goes from silky feeling to very dull feeling where my arm tends to rub.
  12. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Some call it patience. Others call it 'Im broke and i cant afford to get it any sooner' ;)
  13. Timbo


    Jun 14, 2004
    Hmm my euro rebop 5 , 5 string has EMG HZ's and I absolutely love them. And prolly the number one reason I love spectors * with a close 2 by tone * is that they are so damn comfortable to play..
  14. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses &amp; Cort Basses
    Welcome to the Spector family!! :bassist:

    That's a real nice bass! Enjoy! :)
  15. Having never really warmed up to 5 stringers, I recently traded my Cort/Elrick Josh Paul 5 for an older Spector NS2000 that was updraded with EMG 35DC's and a Hipshot bass extender----man oh man---this bass kills! :bassist: Took it to practice last night and everyone loved it---my vintage '57 p bass had to be put back in it's case!!

    I've got a new Fbass BN4 due to arrive this Friday just in time for a gig---I'm getting nervous as to whether the Spector 4 will outshine the Fbass BN4 and for about 2K more!!! Luckily, I've got 48 hours to decide on the F---I'm sure the F will be far better constucted but what about the sound? That's the ultimate test.

    To be continued....
  16. I'm really interested to hear about the results of that. Thus far, the tone is really "doing it" for me. So much so, I was thinking of adding some fresh strings, but I'm not even sure I want to do that at this point. The highs are a bit warmer than I'm used to, but I have a feeling they fit quite nicely.

    I dunno know though, popping the G string leaves a bit to be desired. However, the slap tone on the E and A is absolutely sick! (IMO) Still, can anyone tell me what the 35 DC's and an OBP-1 would do for the growl and highs? I think at least one TB'er has done this to a Q or NS2000. I would consider this upgrade at some point, if it could somehow (though I can't see how) manage to increase the awesome growl and brighten the highs up a bit.
  17. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I know what you mean about popping the G string. Before i put flats on my Q5, i never really liked the popping tone of the D or G. It didnt have much bite, or snap, it was just kind of warm and almost sounded like the strings were dead. I think this could be fixed with lighter gauge strings maybe.
  18. I can completely understand that. It's why I have just this, as opposed to my Jazz and this, or my Jazz and the Flamed Maple Euro I'm in love with. :D Still...very thankful I ended up with this. I actually don't miss my Jazz much at all. :meh: Kind of depressing, but I'm seeing less and less of a reason to "need" a new bass for Christmas. Thankfully, the family doesn't read the forum, so they'll never know that. :D
  19. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Heh. Its a great bass though. The slap tone is still wonderful, and im sure with some EQ tweaking its possible to achieve anything.
  20. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    On my NS2000/5, I modded the electronics to run on 18v rather than 9v, and I upgraded to the EMG40 DCs, the next step is to mod to the EMG BQC to replace the EMG BT. We'll see if I feel a need to try Aguilar preamps out or not...but I suspect I won't need to...