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NS JH5CM or Rapture J2

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by blen dem, Aug 2, 2001.


  1. blen dem

    blen dem Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2001
    USA, Vallejo
    What up y'all! Just got back from Gelb Music in Redwood City, Cali and I'm torn between the Spector NS JH5CM USA and the Pedulla Rapture J2... Both are extremely fine basses and I need some feedback/opinions etc. Currently I have a 99 Warwick Thumb Bolt-On 5 with the wenge neck (IMO better than the new models with the bubinga necks) with MEC pups. My beef is the weight, huge neck, wenge fret board and neck DIVE! The pups are ok, kinda noisy at times but bearable. I play mostly reggae with some funk and hip-hop every now and then. I like the Warwick growl and the tone is cool but those three cons are KILLIN ME! It was an impulse buy....

    The Spector's neck suits me a bit more than the Pedulla because my hands are kinda small but the B string on the Pedulla is a bit tighter... I can go either way because i love the tone, playability, weight, balance on both. The Spector is on sale for $1600 but i may be able to go down on it. I can get a used 98 Pedulla for $300 by trading the Warwick. Any opinions on these two basses? Pro's, cons, durability, maintenance, etc. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Headin out to Hawaii tomorrow for a week so I've got some time to think it over. But as soon as I get back I'm buying something... Much thanks folks!
     
  2. blen dem

    blen dem Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2001
    USA, Vallejo
    and oh, both are bolt-on basses just in case you didn't know.... Thanks again.
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I like both basses. I haven't played them together because stores around here have one or the other. Personally, I like the Spector better. :) I am a huge fan of EMG's & I played one w/ the optional Aguilar OBP pre-amp & I wanted to buy it @ that moment. <b>BUT</b> the Rapture J2 is one of the only basses I played w/Bartolini's that I liked. I like the maple board on the J2 as opposed to the rosewood or pau ferro of the NS-5CM. Either way you go, you will not be dissapointed!!!
     
  4. blen dem

    blen dem Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2001
    USA, Vallejo
    right on Nino, i'm actually leaning towards the Spector. I almost went back for it but figured i'd ask some fellow bassmen. That bass just feels too smoooooooth BUT so does the Rapture. Waiting to hear from Embelisher regarding the Rapture. Again thanks for the .02, PEACE!
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Those are both great basses, blen dem.

    As you must already know, I have the Rapture.

    When I was looking for a great 5 string, I played a Czech Spector, which I liked, but not as much as the Pedulla. I didn't run across the USA bolt on until several months after the purchase.

    I have played one a couple of times, and think that you couldn't go wrong with either bass.

    The Spector does the bright, aggressive, cutting through thing better, while the Rapture J2 does the Fender type tone better, but it's also capable of modern tones as well, thanks to the boost/cut EQ.

    Like Nino, I prefer maple, it gives me the snap that I need, and IMHO makes for better clarity on the B string too.

    I also prefer wide spacing. My Rapture has the 19mm spacing option, which is the same as a Fender Jazz. Spectors are a little too narrow spacing wise for me, but I wouldn't mind owning a Czech.

    IMHO, the Pedulla would work better for reggae, but only your ears can make that decision. As for hip hop, I think that either bass would work very well for that.

    Good luck, and welcome to Talkbass.:)
     
  6. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I'm partial to the Rapture, as it's light, has wide spacing and nails the J tone. It's also a good deal lighter than the Spector. Whatever floats your boat...
     
  7. I thought I wanted a Spector. Somehow, I ended up buying the Rapture instead. It is mighty fine.
    Now, whenever I get a chance to play the Spectors, they actually disappoint me a little. I feel I have to add a bass boost to the Spectors, which makes me less happy than if it sounded perfect unaltered. The comfort and playability of the Spector are indeed very nice though. If I were playing music with very distorted guitars, I think I'd still want a Spector. For "mostly reggae with some funk and hip-hop every now and then," I would imagine you want an even deeper bass. The Rapture is still pretty bright.
     
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    FYI, The Bolt on Spector w/the swamp ash body is pretty light.
     
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nino's right, it is pretty light. Not quite as light as the Rapture, but close.
     
  10. blen dem

    blen dem Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2001
    USA, Vallejo
    MUCH THANKS for all your helpful advice. Just returned from Kauai, Hawaii last night, what a relaxing peaceful island, highly recommend if you haven't been....

    I will play both basses again several times and make my decision when the credit card arrives, heh heh heh... Like i mentioned before I am really torn, I'll keep y'all posted most definitely....

    Saw a Hawaiian band on my last night. Bass player was funkeeeeeeee! They played hawaiian folk, reggae and some old motown. Fender P bass (70's)Hartke 410 cab, couldn't figure out the amp head but the sound was phat, PEACE and thanks again,
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Welcome home!!! I don't know if I should be :) or :( that you're home from vacation. It depends on how good a time you had.

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