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Need a new 5-string: Peavey or Spector???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by daveonbass1, Jun 29, 2003.


  1. Hey fellow Talkbassers,
    I'm gonna order a new 5-string this week and am torn between a Peavey Cirrus or a Spector Euro (both are in the same price range). I would like to get opinions of anyone who has recent experience with either bass, or has done a head to head comparison of these two basses. I play fingerstyle rock (no slap) and use a Mesa M-Pulse 600 through a Bergantino NV610. Thanks for any help you can offer!
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    i would estimate the the peavey being more of a fenderish tone. and the spectors more modern and growly.
     
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Actually, the Cirrus has a very modern tone as well. It can emulate 'Fender' tones, but it does best with 'Ken Smith' and 'Cirrus' tones.
     
  4. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Hard decision! Those ahve got to be my two favorite basses in that price range, but in the end, the Spector wins out. If you liek FX go with the Spector though- great basses for wanking with FX cause of the real clean (some would call sterile) tone. If nothing else the Spector body is the sexiest one out there, and very comfy to play. I love Spector tone. If you were going fretless Iw oudl ahve said the Cirrus however.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike

    Sep 7, 2000
    Cali
    The Peavey is very modern sounding and a great bass. I really wouldn't say it produces more Fender like tones unless coaxed. It's got a unique but very musical voice of it's own.

    I haven't played a Spector in years. I can't even remember what they feel, sound or play like.
     
  6. Poon

    Poon

    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I would say the same. I own two Peavey Cirri and each has their own distinctive tone. One is more bright and the other is more mellow. The wood choice on your cirrus has a lot to do with the sound. If you want versatility, then I say go for the Cirrus. They sound great and are very easy to play. I can do lots of things on my Cirruses better than I can on other basses. They play like butter in your hands and IMO It feels much better in your hands than a Spector. The Cirrus is really a tonal chameleon and I think you'll be happy with the 35" scale, neck-through neck, and quality of the craftsmanship. If you have the opportunity to own a Cirrus, I say get one. I love em...but I'm sure you could tell that by me owning two 5 string versions. However, I'm not saying don't get a Spector. I recently went to Guitar Center and tried out a Spector REBOP-5, with a natural finish. It was $979 and I have to say that I fell in love with the thing. After I'm done building my amp rig, the Czech made Spector is my next buy. The comment made by 5StringDNA in another Spector based Thread said that it had great slap tone and it had great open string sustain. I couldn't agree more. If you like slapping and very clear fingerstyle playing, this bass would be great. The EMG-HZ's are really hot. They pickup every little nuiance. I've been toying with buying a new bass to be my Funk Bass. For the longest time I was going to buy my friend's Warwick Thumb-Bolt on, then I was thinking about a Stingray5, however after playing the Spector about 2 weeks ago (at guitar center, It felt and sounded like it blew the other two out of the water...and at a fraction of the price. I decided to go back a few days later to try to confirm my initial impressions. I was happy to say that the Spector REBOP-5 was even more phenominal sounding and I can't wait to get one. The bass doesn't really look like it has the best hardware on it, but I think the tone and the great string spacing for slapping has earned my resepct enough for me to make Spector my next bass. If you are fortunate to own either basses, you'll be happy. But if you are BLESSED enough to own both basses, you'll be in Nirvana. :)
    The Bass I played at Guitar Center

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  7. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I can't coment on the Cirrus - unfortunately, as I've never had the pleasure!

    I have however had two Spector NS5CR basses (still have one). This has got to be the best bass I have ever played!


    I find it great to play, and very versatile - although I only play fingerstyle and with a pick!

    It's also mega good for recording!

    Was at my local store on Saturday, and was shown their latest stock acquisitions - two US Spector neck thru basses. Natural finish (quilted maple). I refrained from trying them (a four and a five), as I felt there was a danger I'd be smitten - and the asking price £2600, was silly money for me right now!


    By the sound of your choice, you are gonna get a killer bass whichevr one you buy (first, 'cos by the sounds of it, you might end up with the other one later on ........;))
     
  8. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO POSTED! Just wanted to let you know that I special ordered a Peavey Cirrus 5 Redwood yesterday. Should be here within a month. Hope everyone has a great 4th!

    Take care, Dave
     
  9. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    you ordered yourself a great bass!
     
  10. DB5

    DB5

    Jul 3, 2001
    Austin Texas
    Good Choice Dave ;)
     
  11. £2600 is a good price indeed, those things are £3500 in Bass Centre London.

    I am going for a bolt-on US Spector next. It's gonna be fretless so I want that little extra bolt-on snap for a metal setting.

    Spector vs. Cirrus, very hard to choose. I'd go with a Spector first, purely because of the neck, but a Cirrus is tempting all the same...
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Congrats. You will love your new Cirrus. Great basses for the price.
     
  13. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Congratulations!
    I envy you. A Cirrus will probably be my next bass, once I get some money. :)