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Calling all Spector freaks

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Octane, Jun 20, 2002.

  1. Octane


    Apr 27, 2002
    Spectors sure do like nice but how do they sound?
    Think some of you Spector fans can post a mp3 and a brief discription of your Spector (pickups, neck through or bolt on, where was it made)

    Thanks very much.
  2. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    mine is korean made SSD NS-94
    active emg eq.
    has emg-hz's pups
  3. Can't post an mp3 - sorry. But my Spectors are the best sounding basses I have ever played!

    All 3 that I have are neck through - I have one Korean built REX2000/5 in Holoflafinish, I have 2 Czech built NS5CR, one in Blueburst, and one in high gloss Black finish.

    They are all a dream to play, they balance well and feel good. The Korean one has EMG Hz pickups and an active EQ - it has black hardware. One NS5CR (the Blueburst one) has EMG DC40 soapbars and an EMG BTS active EQ, the other has unbranded soapbars and an active EQ - unknown make. The black one also has SSD on the headstock - I bought it real cheap as brand new 'old stock'. It will shortly get treated to a set of EMGs and an EMG preamp!

    Best bet is to go and try them, they might be for you, they might not - and they could be an expensive mistake is you don't.

    In my opinion the best value for money is had in the Czech Spectors!! They are top quality instruments that can compete very well with instruments that cost twice as much!
  4. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Sorry, but I can't post MP3's of my Spector, either. I will tell you that it's an amazing sounding and playing bass, however. It's an SSD NS4.
  5. I have played many basses and spectors have a unique quality of very musicall sounds combined with very playable fretboards.

    I have at USA NS5 XL ,5 string (3,200 usd) and also a 4 string Checzh Republic ( usd 1400) .

    The Check Republic is the best in my opinion for value for money although playing any of the American basses (much more expensive, but worth the money if you can afford one) you will feel like the axe is made of butter because they are so smooth. THe USA Bass Action is super low and you cant get the thing to buzz even if you pluck it like a guitar. They must spend days working on each bass as there are no faults anywhere on the bass, everything has been finished and leveled to perfection, NO set up required. plays perfect strait out of the box.

    They play like silk and the most amazing thing is you can play heavy metal, funk and then switch to some classical music like mozzart and you wont be dissapointed.

    There are other bases out there, which when you make a comparisson for example funk music style, they may sound more forward, or maybe very slightly more grainy, and that may be your preference, but for an all round instrument that you can play any style, Alembic, Ibanez, Yammaha Hartke, Warwick don't even come close to the Spector for neck design, body sculpture and very good tight B strings with plenty of attack if you play a 5 string.

    Credit where it is deserved and when I have tested and demo'd other axes, the musicaman, and MTD basses compared in the same price range offer serious value also, but the feel is very different.

    Spector axe is heavier, but that means longer sustain for any of the neck through models, longer than any other bass in the same price range. IF anybody has heard better then post a reply!

    If you want a light bass then consider the music man, but you wont get the same depth in the sustain on the lower strings and also the higher notes will not sound as musical higher on the fretboard if you try to play a finger sytle chords, 2 hands on the fretboard, they just dont mesh as well as the Spector. Hammer some notes on Music Man . There are differences in the volumes between the low end notes and the high end notes, listen carefully, nothing you do with the bass treble, forward, back pick vol with change that.

    Spectors are beautifully crafted instruments, win hands down in looks. See the add in this months Bass Player page 23. Seen anything better at the price?

    What is your opinion, did you find the same???
  6. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Well, I'm am a self-professed Spector lover, no doubt. I have a US model and think it's one of the best basses I've ever played. That said, I played a 5-string US model and was very disappointed in the low "B".

    As far as comparing the bass based on weight, a bass I recently played was a 6-string Elrick. To me, that had the best "B" string I've heard and sustain that, at the very least, matches the Spectors I've played. Also, it's the lightest bass I've ever played.
  7. For some reason, the B strings on 5 string Spectors made between '92-'97 were sometimes inconsistant. The Czech Spector 5 strings made in that time period were much more consistant. Why? I couldn't answer that. However, that's the experience I've had. The USA 5 strings since then (especially since 2000 when they wen't to the 35" scale) have had a much more consistant B string.
  8. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    No...this was a brand new Spector 5-string I played about 9 months ago...
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I've never played a 5 string Spector that the B felt/sounded bad. Since I bought my Sadowsky, I haven't been able to get into playing the narrower neck of the NS-5.

    I went to see Jerry Cantrell/NickelBack on Tuesday nite & both basses had Czech Spector'NS-5's & they sounded GREAT!!!!!! Very punchy & fit perfectly in the mix & Jerry Cantrel had 3 guitarists & NB had 2!!!!
  10. BassMann2112


    Jun 21, 2002
    I have at USA SSD neck through,5 string Prototype, 1 of 4 made. I spoke to Stewart himself about the bass and he told me to hold on to that bass. He is a really down to earth kinda guy. I love the way my Spector Sounds, Plays and how well it stays in tune.
    inserted is a bad pic of me playing my Spector Bass
  11. Octane


    Apr 27, 2002
    Thank you all.

    A guy I know said he might be able to hook me up with a good deal on a Czech made Spector.
    I will try to go for a NS 4 CRFM!
  12. Kurt M.

    Kurt M.

    Dec 11, 2001
    Reading, PA
    Nino: Doesn't NickelBack play a Warwick?

    I currently play a Spector and have been looking for something with more *growl* to the tone. You guys have me wondering if maybe I shouldn't be looking into changing another piece of gear. I mean I can't find anyone who has anything bad to say about a Spector.

    I do have a very nice NS4CR for sale if anyone is interested.

    BTW: The songs below are the NS4CR I have for sale. Decide if you like the tone.

  13. rsautrey

    rsautrey Banned

    Jul 27, 2000
    I'm interested in the Spector. Got any pix? How much do you want?
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'm not too familiar with NickelBAck but he was DEFINITLY using Spector basses.

    Just went to the Spector site & I found this pic:
    <img src="http://ssdbass.com/images/mikenicklebackbig.jpg">
    He had about 4 different ones that he played. I was close enough to get a good look. He used the pictured one. The one he used the most was a black one w/black hardware & it was a neck thru. It LOOKED AWESOME!!!

    I just got the July issue od BassPlayer Magizine & on page 34 there is a Spector ad w/him.

    Click on that to see all the players that use Spectors.
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://ssdbass.com/images/adamstangersm.jpg">
    Here is Jerry Cantrel's bassist, Adam Stanger, on Spector's Artist List!!!
  16. Well, it's not to say they are now full proof! Also, i've played many more Czech 5 strings than USA's and haven't found a subpar B string yet.

    If you would, seek out a Czech 5 string and see if your opinion changes. I'd be curious to know!
  17. Kurt M.

    Kurt M.

    Dec 11, 2001
    Reading, PA

    I'll be damned. You're right. I'm almost positive I saw him play a Warwick. Maybe he recently switched. Good to see more hard rock players using the Spector. OK --> Nickelback isn't exactly hard rock. But you get the idea.

    Cool, thanks for the info.


    I'm looking for $750 with very nice hardshell case included. Bass is near mint. I won't hog up this thread but here are some links to pics.

    Let me know --> Bass4hire@aol.com

    Spector Front

    Spector Back
  18. rsautrey

    rsautrey Banned

    Jul 27, 2000
    Thanks Kurt, the link for the front pic doesn't work though. As far as Nickelback, I'm pretty sure I saw a video with him playing a Warwick. You've got mail.
  19. Kurt M.

    Kurt M.

    Dec 11, 2001
    Reading, PA
    Think I fixed the link. Sorry for the scew-up. It's been a long day.
  20. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Nickleback's bassist USED to play Warwicks, but has since apparently switched to the Spectors.

    I have tried several NS5CRFM's, and all of them have had great B strings. Not Modulus great, but very good nonetheless.;)

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