Quick decision needed...Yammy v Spector, opinions wanted!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZuluFunk, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Given the choice between:

    Used Yamaha TRB5-P Fretless teal over flame maple body, 5-piece neck with lined ebony fretboard, 3-band EQ, P/J pickups AND piezo bridge pickup for about $875.00


    New Spector NS-JH5 Fretless Swamp Ash body, bolt-on 2 octave neck with rosewood fingerboard, active EMG "J" and active EMG "CS Soapbar" p'ups,active 2-band eq. system for about $1300.

    Give me your feedback!!! Thanks!!!
  2. Johnny BoomBoom

    Johnny BoomBoom Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2001
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I'd go for the Spector - I'm that way inclined!!!!

    I just wish I could get a fretless Spector 5 string for $1,300 over here (well £950)!!!!
  3. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    The Yamaha is a neck through and the Spector is an American-made bolt on, unlined.

    I've never heard a Spector fretless though.
  4. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    I think I would get the Yammy. It's cheaper, and piezos are cool on fretlessess. It's, just as you said, also N/T - a good thing if you have a preference for that on a fretless bass.

    I don't think it's a flame maple body though, flame maple top perhaps, but the old N/T's were alder, IIRC.
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Another thing to consider is the neck and the string spacing.

    The TRB has a very wide neck, with a thin profile, and of course wide string spacing.

    The Spector has a narrower neck, with a deeper, rounded profile. The string spacing is too tight for me.

    What do your hands prefer?