Purchasing a new bass guitar (Spector)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by andytl755, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. andytl755


    Apr 15, 2014
    Please, I am seeking some advice on purchasing a new bass guitar and I am impressed with the Spector basses, although they are a little hard to come by here in the UK.

    To cut a long story short, due to an error on my local music stores part, I am left with an amount of credit. I know I am relatively new to basses, yet due to this issue am looking at higher end basses. I am a guitarist and drummer primarily.

    I feel I would regret it, soon down the line, if I purchased a 4-string, so I am looking for a 5-string.

    I am interested in many genres and styles of music, but would more likely be playing forms of pop, rock, folk, country, heavy - with an emphasis on music 'real, authentic' sounding, wanting the bass delivering plenty of growl and bite.

    The thing that attracted me by the Spector guitars was there versatility.

    I have very little source of information, so could someone please explain the differences between the NS2 and the NS4. The NS4 seems to denote the 4-string, is the NS2 available as 5-string? What about the H2 or XL suffix. Just to confuse me further the bass I have seen seems to have written on the back NS-YHL. http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/SpeLeg_NS2_Bolt-on.html. I don’t know if that guitar is a NS2 or NS4, the page has contradictory details.

    In advance, thank you very much for your help
  2. You can try the website: http://www.spectorbass.com/. That should help you find your way.
    I own an old NS2 which is a really nice bass.
  3. tbz


    Jun 28, 2013
    That's a Spector NS-4H2; there is a 5 string equivalent of that exact model, the NS-5H2.

    Pretty sure the H2 just denotes the fact that it's bolt-on, but I'll defer to the Spector experts like LimaGuy.

    Also looks like its a mahogany body with a maple top; NS2 usually have maple wings, unless it's an "exotic" variant (or one of the older models.)

    NS-2s generally have PJ pickups, NS4 is dual soapbar. Per my understanding there is a 5 string model of the NS4 (ns5) but not the NS2.

    EX is a suffix they use to denote basses built out of "Exotic" wood or with exotic tops (e.g Poplar Burl, Zebrawood)
    LX is a suffix they added to the Euro models when they started building them with 3 piece Alder/Walnut/Maple wings. Older Euro models had solid Maple wings. Current Euro models are all LX or LX/EX; pre-LX models are just referred to by number of strings (e.g. Euro 4, Euro 5)

    If you're looking at Euros it's a good idea to do some research on the preamp; Spector Euros have a boost/cut preamp setup but don't have a center indent for a "flat" position. They sound great, but make sure you're comfortable with that before buying. If not you'll want to plan to "upgrade" to an Aguilar or EMG preamp.

    A complete list of their existing US models:


    Euro Models:

  4. The H2 denotes what pick-ups were used. H2 = 2 humbuckers. There's also the NS*JH, NS*J2, NS*PJ, etc.
  5. Torn Bassist

    Torn Bassist

    Feb 8, 2013
    Come on over to the Spector club, the guys will help you out with any questions you might have.
  6. andytl755


    Apr 15, 2014
    Thank you guys, the help is really appreciated.
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