Questions on Spector Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ely, Oct 24, 2001.

  1. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I'm considering getting a Spector USA Bolt-On. I need to know a few things about Spector basses first before I start saving the money for one.

    What is the wood used for the fingerboards?

    With the USA Bolt-Ons, the 4-String has 2 Jazz Pickups, and the 5 and 6-strings have a Jazz and a Humbucker. How much does the 4-string's tone differ from the others?

    I have the option to get the bass in Swamp Ash or Flamed Maple. Which would be tonally better? I hear Swamp Ash is warm and has good "pop", and that Maple is bright and has good sustain and lows. Which one would you recommend?

    How wide/thick are the 4-String's necks? I like a good baseball-bat neck, not those puny J-Bass style things that give me hand cramps.

    I want a 5-String, but my Amp might not be able to handle too much low end (if I crank the Bass knob on it a red light goes on and the speaker vibrates so much it looks really wierd, BUT I did try it out at the store using a Spector NSCR5FM Czech 5-String, and it handled the B pretty well.) I want to eventually own 1 of each model anyway, so should I start with the 4 or the 5? The price difference isn't too great really, it's just my amp I'm worried about.

  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    *begins chanting for the spector genie*

    Nino! Nino! Nino! Ninooooo!

    *stops chanting for the spector genie*

  3. I would personally recommend Swamp Ash, your shoulder will thank you later. I would say get the 5 string if you plan to get one in the end anyways. You can get the 5 with 2 jazz pickups if you want. Rosewood Fingerboard. I like their necks, don't know if i can personally describe it. Nice contoured body. Very full sound, so you'll need a good amp else you might not want to keep the volume on the bass itself at full.
  4. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Your amp's probably clipping when you crank the lows knob.
    Most amps will do that, at a fairly loud volume, with the anything "cranked."

    Actually, it's not "probably" clipping, if your speaker looks funny that is clipping.

    I've never played a spector 5. Although, the spector 4's MrFortuneCookie was right about, they have a very full sound. I find it to be warm also.
    Atleast, the one's I've heard were.

    It's kind of odd that a bass with a maple body would be warm? I don't know... They sound pretty good though. Not my bag, but a lot of other people's. :)
  5. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    What kind of rosewood? I have this thing about rosewood, mainly due to my experiences with East Indian crap rosewood that they put on really low-end instruments.
  6. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Hey just got my spector 5 string usa bolt on last week! Its awsome! The neck is nice and wide. The b is awsome and no vibs! I will tell you this this bass is built like a brick #### house!
    Make sure you go ahead and get the Optional Aguilar OBP-1 (18v) On Board PreAmp/EQ! It makes the worlds diff!

    But the only bad thing about this bass is make sure you have time to wait before you order it! Took 4 months to get mine! But its worth all the wait trust me! I havent stoped smiling since mine got to me!
  7. flipperwhite


    Jul 12, 2001
    you can see all the wonders here my son and if you have any futher questions you can e-mail Stewart Spector from this site also,tell him Flipper sent ya.
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Let's see. you're comparing "CHEAP", low end basses that have indian rosewood w/a bass that is handmade in the USA thet retails for $2000.00? Silly, just plain silly. :( Any way, I'm pretty sure that he uses Pao Ferro on all USA models.

    Personally I'd go w/the Swamp ash NS/2J w/the Aguilar pre=amp. I have 3 great 5's & another would be too much. (that's just me) Maple is gonna be brighter & the bass will be heavier. The Swamp Ash w/be lighter & as MrFortuneCookie said eairler, "your shoulder will thank you later. "

    <a href=""><font color=red><b>CLICK HERE</b></font></a> for the full spec page on USA Bolt On's from Spectors site. You could e-mail him @ & Stuart will get back to ASAP.

    P.S. His name is Stuart. :)

    Low end basscompared to Spector USA models, what has this worls come to? :(
  9. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    That's what the man says...

    BTW: You're far better off with a Hazlab preamp than you are an Aguilar. The Hazlab preamp is more full and punchy, according to PJ Rubal, the national sales director for Spector basses. This is the preamp you're most likely to see in an American Spector.

    Aguilar, on the other hand, is an upgrade option for foreign made Spectors.
  10. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Oh, Pau Ferro fingerboard. I didn't realize Pau Ferro was a rosewood. When I hear the word rosewood I think either East Indian crap or good, old, and illegal Brazillian Rosewood.
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Unless they changed things last I spoke to Stuart, ony the USA Bolt on Series is available w/the upgradable Aguilar OBP-1 pre amp. It normally comes w/an EMG BTS pre amp.

    The USA Neck Thru's have the Haz-Lab pre-amp. (You could probably get one on a USA bolt on if you asked.)

    The European & active Korean have the EMG BTS preamp as well with no option. Euro has EMG 40J's (5 string) or PJ (4 string) p/'us & the Korean ones have EMG-HZ humbuckers.
  12. Actually, Spector US Neckthroughs now have the OBP-1 too.
  13. I've played one USA bolton 4 (swampash body), and I loved it. 2 EMG Jazz pickups

    Pao Ferro is the fingerboard wood.

    I also like a big fat Stingray sort of neck. The Spector neck seemed to have all of the qualities I like from a Stingray's neck (but even better!). For me.. that Spector quite possibly had the best 4 string neck I've played.

    The tone with both pickups on full and the bass and treble about midway up sounded like Flea's tone on Blood Sugar Sex Majik.. dead on. If that is the sort of sound you are looking for, then this may just well be the bass for you. I actually didn't do much knob twiddling because I was in love with the tone I was getting.

    I'm not sure what preamp is in the bass I played. The website of the store I played it at says EMG electronics.. but I could have sworn the tag said Aguilar OBP-1.
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The neck on the Spector 4 is very much like a Stingray 4, but the string spacing is a tad narrower.

    Ely, if possible, you should compare a swamp ash against a maple body. They sound very different IMHO.

    As far as rosewood, there are different grades of Indian rosewood, and the stuff that good manufacturers use is vastly superior to the gummy stuff that the low priced basses have. Just ask Rickbass if you want to know more about Indian rosewood.
  15. Only the top is figured maple on the US bolt-ons so it won't add much weight and I prefer the tone of maple. Go for the 5 string cuz you still have the other 4 strings (makes sense, eh).