MTD Kingston vs. Spector NS5CR

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tsal, May 22, 2002.

  1. Keep the Kingston!

    16 vote(s)
  2. Go Spector, go european!

    30 vote(s)
  1. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    [edit: About the poll, if you think I'm going to want to keep my Kingston, vote for the Kingston. If you want me to keep them both, specify in the post. If you think I don't have use for the Kingston after I get the Czechtor, vore for the Czech.]


    as I'm waiting for my Czechtor to arrive, how about a little poll. Now, which do you think is better, my 'good old' MTD Kingston, or this newcomer kid, the Spector NS5CR? :D

    Both are well built basses, but then again I think the Czech builders are better than their counter-parts in Korea.

    The main differences are the electronics, Kingsy's passive HB versus Spectors active pups and 2-band pre, although both electronics are apparently made in Korea. Spector has neck-through construction, but MTD has BFTS.. Ponder.

    I think I like the Spectors playability a bit better though, with the 34" scale and slightly narrower(?) spacing.

    The reason I'm asking this is, I probably won't need two basses at the moment so I might be letting the Kingsy go after I get the Czechtor :(
  2. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    I like both basses, but the Czech Spector blows the Kingston out of the water. Then again, the Spector costs at least three times as much brand new. If you don't have to sell the Kingston to help offset the cost of the Spector, maybe you could keep it as a backup.
  3. BassMan2000


    Sep 27, 2000
    By far the Czech Spector is better bass then the MTD Kingston. Just take a look at picture below, I never saw a Kingston look that good :D

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  4. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Yea, I did thought "Is this even a contest" when I posted this :D

    I think the best way is not to do anything irrational before the Spector gets here. I'll see it then if the basses are worth keeping.

    But anyways, I can't see it as any kind of downgrade. Either I'll like the Kingston so much I'll return the Spec, or then I like the Spec better in which case I start thinking if I need the Kingsy anymore.
  5. you should keep them both. it's always good to have a backup bass.

    and if you get bored with the kingston you could always defret it.
  6. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.

    Yeah right.

    Did ya see them, the monkeys flew right outta my butt .
  7. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU

    Never say never, tho. :rolleyes:
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I would keep the Kingston. They are very different basses, and complementary in tone. And you could always defret the Kingston, as has been mentioned.
  9. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I'll also vote to keep 'em both. They're both top notch basses, particularly in their price category. They're also complementary, tone-wise.
  10. You could always drop a preamp in the Kingston, defret it and use it to add a new element to your sound.
  11. I think you'll like the Spector heeps!!!! But remember, you can never have too many basses!
  12. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Keep the Kingston and the Spector! I have owned both basses. I sold my Kingston here after I got my Spector and I wish I would have kept it as a backup. The Spector is a GREAT bass. It gets a good variety of tones and the workmanship is absolutely top notch. Its a BEAUTIFUL bass. Mine looks very similar to the one posted on this thread earlier, only the top is more flamed that quilted.

    The Kingston can't be beat for what they go for. The sound is a little more "old school" but it is a great sound regardless. The necks on the Kingstons are among the best I have ever played. I really like the wide/flat/asymetrical feel. The string spacing is a little wide for some, but I found it perfect. In fact, neck is the one area I would rate the Kingston even above the Spector.

    Enjoy both!
  13. I agree with Cheezewiz,in fact I bought his Kingston from him.I've looked around for other 5s in this price range and nothing I've seen comes close.If you can try to keep it.By the way,thank you Cheezewiz for this bass.It plays,sounds great and I have trouble deciding over it or my Millenium 5 for gigging.They are both great.
  14. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    No problem BB. I'm glad you are enjoying the bass. I do regret selling it, but I am very glad someone who likes it as much as I did has it!
    I think a fretless MTD Kingston 5 is definitely in my future.
  15. The MTD is a good bass for the money, however, the Kingston doesn't compare head to head to the Europe series Spector IMO. The Spector is a much more powerful sounding bass. If you can afford the upgrade then I'd suggest you go for it!
  16. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Poll results are pretty even here.

    If you prefer a bass with EQ and preamp and fancy woods, then yeah, I guess the Spector would be better. But many of us do just fine with a passive bass.

    I dig the tones on both basses, but the Kingston has the playability I prefer.
  17. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i saw keep both.
    if i could i would keep my spector.
    but i need to finish my car.
    so it is up for sale. (the bass that is)
    but i am getting a MIA fender jazz!

  18. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    That's what I was thinking.. you can't really compare the two. If you can afford to keep the MTD, and you like the bass, than keep it! After all, it is nice to have different sounds, like the active versus passive thing. If you don't play it much, than get rid of it later. I replaced a spector with a better spector, so Ididn't really ahve to think about selling my old bass. :D
  19. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Geez, talk about raising the dead, this thread was last posted near 1 1/2 years ago!

    No comparison, spector.
  20. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you can afford to keep the Kingston then keep it. Its always great to have a backup bass, just in case you need to put thte spector in the shop for some adjustments or any possible mishaps. Honestly, I really like the feeling of the MTD necks. The bass could really use a Pre-amp and maybe some new pickups, but I still think its a great bass at that price point and you can always do stuff to it later. Different family of sounds, but both good. Good luck man.