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educate me on Spector basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mental Octopus, Nov 16, 2005.


  1. Mental Octopus

    Mental Octopus

    May 24, 2003
    i just tried a spector (don't know which model - had a p and a j in there) and i absolutely loved the feel and sound. i am a sucker for j pickups, so i am hoping to find a spector with that configuration.

    what is the deal with spectors made by kramer (in the 80's i think)...i see them pop up a lot so are they any good? what model should i be looking for? i really want to find one with a solid color finish...but it seems like all they do is transparent wood finishes.
     
  2. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    I have an NS 2 (probably a 1990 or so Kramer era model). It was one of my main players for years.

    The construction is excellent. 100% maple (neck through) with an EMG P/J active configuration. Very bright tone. Great for metal and harder edged stuff. Will cut through any mix. Don't go Spector if your looking for a vintage tone - you won't find it here. I found the slap tone a little too brittle to my liking.

    These basses have excellent hardware and finishes. The proprietary Spector bridge from this era is an engineering marvel, and a work of art. The only downside was that it was HEAVY due to the maple. Theses basses sound great through an old SVT setup or early SWR tube stuff. They were a little cold through the GK or similar solid state rigs.

    Playability - off the charts. Great necks and fretboards. These basses recorded extremely well.

    If you can find a Kramer-era NS 2, grab it.
     
  3. It just occurred to me that my NS2 is a kramer era spector. I notice alot of hard rock/metal players use them, but I get a great funk tone out of mine. I wouldn't necessarily call the slap tone brittle, but you will definately have to boost the lows. They are indeed really really bright sounding, I actually have to cut the treble a bit on both amp and bass.
     
  4. cetera

    cetera

    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    If it's an old 'Kramer-made' Spector you are looking for then I recommend the US NS2 model or the Asian made NS2A model. Both are superb through neck basses with active circuitry and solid hardware. You won't go wrong. Forget about the cheaper NS2B or NS2C models though....

    If you want to buy 'new' or 'hardly used' then 'for the money' the best value are the 'Euro' or Euro LX' series basses.

    Whichever you end up with you'll love it!! ;) :hyper:
     
  5. Spector_Ray

    Spector_Ray

    Aug 8, 2004
    Texas
    The Euro models are made with transparent finishes, but if you contact Spector, they'll hook you up with a solid color with no problems. You'll be happy with any of the NS models from Spector. I don't know about the "Spector sound", but the EMG P/J configuration allowed the player to dial an infinite array of tones. For an all-around bass, you can't go wrong.
     
  6. Mental Octopus

    Mental Octopus

    May 24, 2003
    do you really think they'd do that? my ideal bass would be a white or black NS2 with J pickups.
     
  7. Mental Octopus

    Mental Octopus

    May 24, 2003
    also...do you get a good slap tone with tone with the P and J pickups?
     
  8. darkfish01

    darkfish01

    Feb 11, 2005
    San Marcos, Tx
    I have a Performer model (pre-2005) and I love the shape. It can't even compare to the other Spectors however; the Rebop and Euro are infinitely superior on this one. I love them for their comfort and the mids are very solid. Like others have said, the slap tone is a bit brittle, and you'd probably want to boost the lows for it. You were probably playing a Euro 4, which are VERY nice basses, although it will cost you a pretty penny for one. I also have an OLP MM2 and always find myself using the Spector lots more. I'll be standing by this company for quite some time. I myself plan to get either a Rebop or Euro eventually... they're that good!
     
  9. Spector_Ray

    Spector_Ray

    Aug 8, 2004
    Texas
    Yes I do. That is if you're willing to put down a little bit extra, although I have seen white Euro Spectors. Best thing to do is email PJ Rubal at custserv@spectorbass.com to see what they can do. From what I hear, they're very accommodating to player's needs and wants.