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Spector bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jaybones, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. jaybones

    jaybones Banned

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kelleys Island, Ohio
    Watching The Price is Right and one of the prizes to bid on to get on the show was a Spector bass, for $1200.

    Looking at it I thought it was an off brand worth about $400. It did have a figured maple top (maybe- or just a nice silk screen).

    And the announcer clearly said Spector, not Schecter.

    So I did a quick online search, and found that the company has been around since 1976. A fellow named Stuart Spector started making handmade basses in his workshop in Brooklyn. He didn't want to copy established designs, so he recruited a woodworker named Ned Steinberger and created the Specter NS-1.

    Never heard of these basses before. Now I've got another bass to GAS over.
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  2. Kevan Campbell

    Kevan Campbell Bergantino Artist, Vibe9 IEM Artist Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Yup, Spectors have been around for quite a while and the company has gone through a couple of different phases...if you check out the Spector Club here on TalkBass I'm sure they could give you the whole story.

    I've always wanted a Spector since I heard Jason Newsted playing them on Metallica's "Black Album" but have never been able to find one with the right combination of looks, playability, tone and price for my needs. Maybe one day...
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  3. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    Never heard of a Spector and you are on here all the time? ok...
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  4. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    Spector are a good bass if that's what you want, they won't let you down.

    Check out Doug Wimbish from Living Colour.
    He has the same Spector bass customised by Spector himself and it's still his live go to bass.
    The thing is practically worn out, but he plays the heck out of it
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  5. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Do a search. Dozens of threads.
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Spector is most definitely in the top 10 bass manufacturers in the world. Heck, maybe top 5. A $1200 Spector would be an overseas model, check out their USA stuff.

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  7. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Go listen to Queensryche's "Empire" album... if you don't want a Spector after that your ears are broken, killer tone.

    Seriously, a Spector has been on my list for some time. A real one costs too much for me though, I will probably eventually do up an import.
  8. jonnybass1


    Dec 9, 2011
    Brampton, On
    Yup Spectors are amazing basses. And the USA models of which I have only played one twice are arguably some of the most beautiful and best sounding (IMHO) basses made.
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  9. gpx1200


    Apr 24, 2013
    spencer mass
    love em...
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  10. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Also comes in bird flavor 20151113_150316.
  11. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Mmmmm. Bird flavor.

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  13. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Spector makes of course the amazing high-dollar US stuff - I was *this close* to having a custom 6-string made by them 10 years ago; PJ was probably pissed at me when I cancelled it over stupid crap.... anyhow they also make pretty good import pieces too. Check out the Legend series (ALSO available in bird flavor!) for decent, inexpensive Spectorocity.
  14. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com

  15. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    +1 For me, it was Queensryche's "Operation Mindcrime" album that got me into Spector Basses.

    spectorsampbenz002_zps41937872. newusabridge004_zpsa316c310.
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  16. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Spector's USA Bolt On's are probably sadly the most overlooked basses in their lineup, and they are a great bang for the buck both new and used. I like the Bolt On's better than the neck throughs because of the different pickups and slightly different body shapes.

    Here's my two bolt ons, but I don't have the 4 string anymore. If it had soapbars instead of Jazz pickups I'd still have it.

  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    @jaybones you gotta get out more! Ha! Spector has been making some of the sexiest basses around for decades.

    Clearly, you have not been doing your TalkBass homework, young man!


    Now, go to your room and don't come out until you get it!

  18. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    It's basicslly the bass the Warwick knocked off. Heard of them?
  19. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
  20. InhumanResource


    Dec 28, 2012
    I'm drooling over a Euro with the PJ pickup configuration (and a smoking hot figured wood body, of course). Just need to figure out how to pitch to the wife a ~2k instrument when I only have about 1k of stuff to sell. :)
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