I'm in the market for a mid-level bass, and these two are right in my price range. I've done my research, and tried many different basses, but I keep coming back to these two. I went to Musician's Friend.com and checked out their specs, and I'll post them here: Shecter: Shecter link Features: * Neck-thru, multi-laminate construction * Mahogany wings * S-TEK bridge * EMG-HZ pickups * Two-band active EQ * Neck binding * Gold hardware * Rosewood Fingerboard Also, if I'm not mistaken, the neck is maple. Spector: Spector Link Features: * Original NS body shape with carved top * Highly figured maple top * EMG/HZ pickups made in USA * EMG 3-band active EQ system * Gold-plated hardware * Spector heavy-duty locking bridge * 24 frets * 3-ply rock maple bolt on neck * Rosewood fingerboard So basically the differences are: 1. woods, (schecter made out of maple and Mahogany wings, and Spector made out of Basswood with Maple Top. both have rosewood fingerboards) 2. Bridges (S-Tek bridge on Shecter, some sort of Spector bridge on Spector) 3. Both are active with passive EMG pickups, but the Shecter has 2-band EQ, whereas the Spector has 3-band. Also, the Spector has the option to come with a P/J combo instead of Humbuckers 4. Body color, I like the colors the Spector comes in better than the Shecter's colors. 5. Necks: The Schecter is neck-thru, whereas the Spector is Bolt-on. 6. Also, there is an option to get a Bubinga top on the Spector instead of a Maple top. What effect would this have on tone? Bubinga Top Spector I'm leaning more towards the spector for a couple reasons. The 3-band EQ, and bolt-on neck are more attractive to me because of versatility and I've heard that bolt-on necks cut through better. I like the fact that the spector comes with a P/J combo option instead of only the HBs. I know that the P/J combo would be very versatile, but what about the HBs? What tone might be available with those? Also, I'm curious as to whether or not the Bubinga top on the Spector migt affect the tone. I aplogize for the lengthy post, but I would like to get some outside opinions from those who have tried both of these. Thank you!