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New Spector singlecut bass! Opinions?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nick Thorpe, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. Nick Thorpe

    Nick Thorpe Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Boston, MA
    One of my friends at NAMM shared a photo of this thing:
    My reaction: :vomit:

    What do you think?
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  2. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    I don't like the shape of the treble horn side, but it's still better IMHO than Warwick's Thumb SC =0)
  3. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    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.
  4. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    the only singlecut bass that doesn't make me choke on the last meal i ate is probably the warrior isabella...
  5. FantasticFour


    Dec 14, 2013
    I think I like the Ibanez Whale better (aesthetically).
    Ikkir and Mechanical like this.
  6. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World

    Nov 25, 2008
    I like Spector. I like single cut. I don't care for this aesthetic.
  7. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    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
    Mr_O'B and Savage_Dreams like this.
  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Nice piece of wood, though, but not for me, either.
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  9. 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.
  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    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.
  11. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    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?
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  12. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    its ok looking, wouldnt be my first choice though, the upper bout looks too big imo
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  13. HubbardsFate


    Oct 18, 2006
    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.
  14. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    This Sadowsky does it for me. The Spector, not so much. The upper bout is really ungraceful.

  15. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    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."
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  16. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    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:)
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  17. Joe Milo

    Joe Milo

    Nov 1, 2009
    Geneva Ohio
    love Spector but don't care for single cut.....never was a fan of whale bass
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  18. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Looks like something Gumby would play.
    BlueAliceOasis likes this.
  19. FenderB


    Mar 28, 2016
    Findlay, Ohio
    Looks like it has a tumor.
  20. I'd not seen that before. That is really ungainly looking.
    Gord_oh and Mechanical like this.

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