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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nick Thorpe, Jan 22, 2017.
One of my friends at NAMM shared a photo of this thing:
What do you think?
I don't like the shape of the treble horn side, but it's still better IMHO than Warwick's Thumb SC =0)
Given how familiar the NS body shape is, simply changing the top horn makes the whole thing look off to me. It looks like they stopped before they completely carved it. Having said that, it is a Spector, so it will be a great bass.
the only singlecut bass that doesn't make me choke on the last meal i ate is probably the warrior isabella...
I think I like the Ibanez Whale better (aesthetically).
I like Spector. I like single cut. I don't care for this aesthetic.
i get the artsy aesthetics of this type of single-cut basses like that but, to me, all those basses look like somebody just got lazy and dropped the ball when making the bodies.....they look more like mistakes than intentional....ymmv, of course
Nice piece of wood, though, but not for me, either.
I adore the NS shape, but this current trend for 'everything must be available in singlecut' doesn't do it for me. I love singlecut basses in general but you can tell the ones that were designed from the ground up as a singlecut.
Just knuckling under to a fad AFAIC.
And I'm sorry but that shape just looks hideous to my eyes. (Yuk!) But that's me. I'm "one of those people" who feels form should follow function and "good design" do the same. YMMV.
They seem to be a little late to the party with this one. The pace at which some companies R&D tends to keep up with trends can be really depressing. It reminds me of fashion in certain rural areas where everything is a few years behind the latest style, like some kid standing in front of a mirror just figuring out how to best wear his flannel and how to tie a man-bun. Yes, that's what this post reminded me of. Sorry.
Was there some major advancement in luthiery in the last year that made it easier for companies to offer this shape and they're only just now beginning to utilize it, or do people actually want these things? I may be wrong, but I don't see the cross marketing appeal here. What company first comes to mind when one is seeking a high end single cut to own?
its ok looking, wouldnt be my first choice though, the upper bout looks too big imo
I think it would look better as a 5 or 6-string; that little 4-string neck just looks "off" when paired with that huge upper bout.
I generally find single-cut basses reasonably pleasing to the eye, but yeah, not this one so much.
This Sadowsky does it for me. The Spector, not so much. The upper bout is really ungraceful.
I'm from West Virginia. I'm pretty sure "rural" had flannel way before it was popular.
Your point is a good one, though. In this case, I don't think Spector has anything to lose. They build one to show it off. They can limit production to the point that this is a "special order," and not build another one unless somebody buys it. They get the benefit of adding a singlecut to their catalog, even if it is "late to the game."
I'm from upstate NY (ironically 5 minutes down the road from where this bass was made), where even my brother in law from the Tennessee sticks agrees there are "more hicks than seeds in squirrel poopie", so it's not lost on me
love Spector but don't care for single cut.....never was a fan of whale bass
Looks like something Gumby would play.
Looks like it has a tumor.
I'd not seen that before. That is really ungainly looking.