Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Robot-trashcan, Mar 29, 2001.

  1. Hi y'all. Just a couple of hours ago I got my new black NSCR-4 bass from Musicians Friend. It's freakin incredible and nothing else I've owned has come even close to touching it. I have a couple of questions. I noticed the dot inlays vary in color (some are milky white, while some seem pretty dark, almost black/brown in spots). Is that normal? Or could it be some wierd defect thing? I can still take it back to get another Spector if it is uncommon, but I like this bass a lot. Got to go, but I'll eventually give a review of the bass soon.
  2. Jake15


    Jan 17, 2001
    USA, PA
    I wouldn't worry about it. Chances are if you send it back you might get one that doesnt play or feel as good as your previous one.
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Musician's "Fiend" says if you aren't 100%, completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return it. You're apparently not 100%. If it wasn't everything you reasonably expected, I'd return it. If you're like me, the defects will nag you every time you look at it.

    As far as I know, Spector is pretty good about consistency, (I haven't owned one, but I came real close). I wouldn't worry about a replacement with good playability or having some other defect. You got a black one, not some uncommon finish. They probably have another that's the same only with the pearly inlays you paid for. (Must be using river shells).
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The inlays are normal!!! They use Abalone, not pearl, so what you are described is normal. I just got an NS-5 CR in blach from MF & You can't beat that deal with a stick!!!!!

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    If you look @ the white bass on the right, it has Abalone inlays & looks darker than the 2 pearl inlayed basses.

    P.S. Any time I can post a pic of my Spectors is a good time !!! :)
  5. Thanx for the responses. I'm gonna take my Spector to a tech just make sure everythings in order and get a set up adjustment. I'm pretty sure I'll keep if everythings fine and good.
  6. Sorry,
    I found this thread later (I thought you were trying to keep your Spector a secret from us). I should have known better (no one can keep this a secret)!
  7. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Does the fact that the dot inlays are different bother you? You could always take your chances and try to get one that doesn't vary as much. I doubt, however, that you'll have as much luck as you think.

    Make sure the dots are tightly seated, and play to your heart's'll find that Spectors are very hard to put down!;)

  8. The dots don't bother me anymore. I guess I was just concerned because I wasn't sure if MF sold me a bad bass (on discount). Has anyone heard about SIMS custom leds? I've been seriously interested in trying them out on a bass and this bass may be the first.
  9. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I looked at them until I saw the prices :eek: !!!! You could buy another Spector for what they want.
    A couple of alternatives you might consider are
    Fretware Inlay Alternatives and HoLoDot.

    Fretware Inlay Alternatives offers sort of stick-on markers that you can buy pre-cut or buy sheets of stick-on abalone and cut them yourself..They're real abalone and the FAQ at their site says they don't slide off or wear off.

    The HoLoDots are advertised as LED's that don't need wiring. I think they may actually be like holoflash that catches and reflects any available light in colors.

    BTW, I guess Spector mixes their abalone, since it comes in at least 3 colors I know of. Usually makers stick to one typer per instrument line/model.