half through - body?!?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by barroso, Nov 8, 2001.

  1. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    after i was forced to sell my beloved Czech Spector (what a bad idea!!!) i'm looking around for a new 5 string bass. i really hope to have a good used occasion to another Czech Spector.
    i have different options and while collecting enough money i'm getting interested in european bass builders. i found this polish (i mean from poland) maker. the have this model called spider that has a contruction that for me is new. i said for me because for sure others makers use this so called half through body construction:

    which is your idea of this type of neck? have you ever played a bass with this neck contruction?
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    Interesting. I couldn't find anything about it at that site other than the photo of the fretless. That photo suggests that the half-through body is just like it sounds. IT looks like a neck through that stops half way into the body.

    To me, this construction would be suspect. But I am no luthier. The neat thing about Neck through, is tension and rigidity. Basically the strings run parrallel to a single piece of wood (or lamenated pieces) That is, the bridge and nut attach to the same structure. There are no joints at all, so there is less flex.

    Since this design does have a joint, I would guess it to sound a little more like a bolt-on bass. Although the joint is obviously tighter and more rigid than a bolt-on would be.

    The best thing I can think of to compare to to would be a Les Paul guitar, which has a set neck but is not neck through.

    If I were considering buying one of these basses, I would certainly want to spend some time with it. If possible, I would try to closely inspect an older one to see how the string tension has effected the guitar over time.

    I can make a recommendation on way or the other, but it is worth looking into.

  3. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Well, that reminds me of Brubaker guitars, there's a thread about them and their necks just on this page, check out their website.
  4. That's exactly what I was thinking, except that the Brubaker system has a set of bolts, so it's definitely more like a bolt-on. This half-neck-thru seems to be more similar to a glued-in neck construction, like chasarms mentioned with the Les Paul, but it's hard for me to tell what's going on just by looking at the picture.
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Looks like a Brubaker with glue instead of screws.
  6. For some odd reason my computer won't go to that site. Could some one put a picture in a reply, the suspence in killing me!
  7. Speaking of Brubakers, my black NS5CR showed up today!
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings

    That's not a Spector?
  9. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    ??? Isn't that a spector model?
  10. Haha yeah...I was just browsing blems at MF the other day, and saw the don't pay for six months thing, and this blem NS5CR for $799. With free shipping, how could I pass it up? This bass is really cool too!