NBD! You thought you all knew me...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Katoosie, Jul 28, 2021.

  1. Yes

    53 vote(s)
  2. Yes

    31 vote(s)
  3. I hate you

    10 vote(s)
  4. Get out

    39 vote(s)
  1. Katoosie

    Katoosie Chocolate is the best

    Jun 12, 2020

    I got a new bass yesterday!
    So you might have read my thread about going to an instrument store to check out some basses for the first time ever, I have never done that before.
    You might wanna read my short report here, if you are interested.

    MY NEW BASS!!!

    Wait, or maybe this one?


    It's not a Fender. I didn't buy a P bass, but I did try them and I liked them :)

    So, here is the case!
    A little bit of story about it.

    The guy at the store who was helping me with my purchase was kinda skeptical about the price of the instrument and the fact that according to the store system, it didn't come with any case, gig bag, tools, nothing. So, he went to the back... and got me this old thing.

    Let us all take a look at it.
    "You are telling me that you got a Yamaha bass? :eyebrow:" I hear you think!



    • Spector Euro LT 4, Tiger Eye Gloss
    • Body Wood: European Alder
    • Top Wood: North American Maple with a slice of Walnut
    • Neck Wood: 3-piece Maple
    • Fretboard: Ebony
    • Number of frets: 24
    • Inlays: Spector Signature Crown
    • Controls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Bass Cut/Boost, Treble Cut/Boost, Mid-Range Cut/Boost
    • Pickups: Bartolini Custom Wound P/J Pickups
    • Pickup Configuration: P/J
    • Preamp System: Custom Darkglass Tone Capsule
    • Hardware: Gold
    • Bridge: Lightweight Spector Locking Bridge
    • Tuners: Gotoh Lightweight Tuners
    • I also bought Schaller strap locks in gold
    While browsing though the store yesterday, I have also tried the Spectors that were there and this yellow tiger one felt and sounded the best of all of them.
    Here are some more pics.
    The blue one sounded kinda weak and not as clanky and defined as the yellow one. Maybe it was due to the battery or dead strings or both, in any case for some reason this blue one did not sound nearly as good as the yellow spector.

    Also, I was mostly interested in the ones with the darkglass preamp and bartolini split P/J pickups, so I was looking at those.

    My bass still on the rack, next to the Spector Legend 6 string. The legends look really nice in person, way better than whatever you can find online, by the way. They are glossy and fancy looking, but I did not want a 6 string this time.

    Playing my new friend at the store immediately hit me with that familiar feeling of "the sound in your head" when I think of the bass. She was clanky, punchy, clear, defined and everything about her felt great from the top of the headstock to the very bottom of the body.

    Still trying her out!

    After this point it was just the matter of trying to find something that felt/played better but I couldn't. Stingrays, Hagströms, Fenders, Sandbergs and even other Spectors couldn't even come close to this specific bass. I do not know what special magic went into making this specific Euro LT but it made it sound extra good, feel very premium and look like an absolute show stealer. It popped out from the rack right away when I saw it and I did not even care about the price. I just took her with me and now she is mine :)

    Thanks for reading! :)
    Have a nice day :bassist:
  2. Fenwick


    Dec 9, 2012
    Haha great reveal!
  3. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Congrats on a very nice looking instrument. I've only tried Spectors with EMGs so I can only guess at the tone. Enjoy.

    PS: I didn't guess right.
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  4. BargeOn

    BargeOn Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    Great choice! Congrats.
    I know what you mean about the feel of a Spector, especially the neck-thru. And that is absolutely the right finish.
    Play it in good health.
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  5. Seth Shonefeld

    Seth Shonefeld Supporting Member

    Wow. Great choice!!!
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  6. It’s nice to find one you want. Especially as it falls into your hands and you know it.:cool:
  7. Relayer71

    Relayer71 Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Congrats! Very nice quilting on that one.

    If it was new, should have come with the gig bag, FYI.
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  8. scuzzy

    scuzzy Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    Yeah, if you hold a Spector ns2 shape next to just about anything else, all others feel like a large concrete brick wrapped in barbed wire.

    Great bass, very beautiful. Enjoy that comfort and that growl! I love my euro 4.
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  9. LadyLoveStingRay5


    Jul 17, 2004
    Haha !! I knew it was. Spector. Excellent choice . :thumbsup:

    I’m glad you let your eyes and ears and hands decide and not the talkbass fable of everyone needs a PBass wit tort and flats!;)

    It’s nice to have a 4 string on addition to your extended range bass. Different tools for different fixes.

    Very nice indeed!!Now you have 2 natural beauties . Enjoy :bassist:
  10. Stay Gold

    Stay Gold

    Jun 23, 2018
    Rad thread and what a cool story. Did you play through that awesome red Ampeg mini-stack? Regardless, enjoy that bass.
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  11. Drog


    Feb 3, 2020
    Great story, keeping us in suspense. Love that colour, enjoy playing.
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  12. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    There’s nothing better than being able to try a whole bunch of instruments and finding one that you connect with more than the others. Congrats!
  13. AudioTaper


    Sep 23, 2018
    That's freakin' awesome!
    I love that feeling; you sit with it for a minute and play - you just know THIS is the one you are taking home with you.

    This is another brand that I hear great things about that no stores in my area carry. Most of what they have is Fender, and we all know how you feel about them :woot:
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  14. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    If you're half the Bassist that you are a writer you must really rock!
    Love to read your posts.
    Congrats on your NBD!
  15. 31HZ

    31HZ Glad to be here Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2006
    Central VA, USA
    WHOA! Not what I expected.

    Bonus points for the poll options -- and for the bear in the reveal photo.

    I *love* that Eddie Jackson/Queensryche deep-dirty-rumble-growl Spector tone, but sadly the ergos of the instrument don't work well for me. See the video below for what I consider to be an utterly iconic Spector bass tone.

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  16. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    So much to like, @Katoosie -- enjoy that beautiful bass!
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  17. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Wow, that’s a looker. Great choice. Enjoy!
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  18. AceOfBassFace


    Jun 23, 2019
    Nice choice. Enjoy your new bass, and start saving for the next one!
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  19. EatS1stBassist


    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Awesome new bass katoosie!
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  20. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Congratulations on a beautiful new bass. A Spector is always a good choice IMO. :thumbsup:

    When I was out shopping for a 5-string, the last thing in the world I was planning to look at was a Spector. But there was a natural oil finish Euro with simple dot inlays (which I greatly prefer!) hanging in one of the stores I visited. So on a lark, I asked to try it out. Because it was one brand of bass I hadn’t ever played up to that point. And just three minutes of playing was all it took to make me a believer.

    And an owner. :)

    Note: I’ve set mine up for high-C stringing and have it tuned down a full step. I don’t need to go below a low D for the type of music I mostly play. (I’ve got a bass set up for BEAD for the heavier stuff.) And having some extra high notes more easily available works out well for me when chording.

    Last edited: Jul 28, 2021