Spector Euro series basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Josh Curry, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    Does anyone have a Spector Euro 4 or 5? I am considering one of these but want the opinion of someone who has one and can compare it to the quality of others. I haven't really sat down and spent time with one, it was at GC and I'm sure you know how it is dealing with those guys, it was in an unreachable location so I couldn't get it down. Pros and Cons are greatly appreciated.
  2. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    I have little experience with the 4 banger, but I have owned a czech 5.

    Pros: Great bass! Great looks, tone, and feel for the most part. Superb construction and quality.

    Cons: HEAVY bass, Neck feels like a louisville slugger, and the balance is a bit off. Sting spacing is also a bit tight to most.

    I would definitely reccomend spending some time with them, before buying, they are nice, but are definitely something you will either love, or hate.

    PS, I have owned US, and Korean model 4's, and loved them all!

    You also may want to consider doing a search, as these basses have been well covered in the past. Best of luck!
  3. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Exactly what ANB said. I owned a Czech 5. The bass was beautiful. Its the best looking bass I've ever owned. The string spacing was a little tight, but not so bad you couldn't adjust to it.
    Im not a huge fan of EMG pickups, but they had many usable tones. The Aguilar OBP1 preamp was very nice, as long as kept in mind it was boost only. Two things about the bass were unacceptable for me. First the weight. The thing was HEAVY. I'm not one of those guys that needs a 8lb bass. I dont mind a bass that has a little heft. I never weighed it, but it has to be close to 13lbs, and you could really feel it about the middle of set 2. The worst thing for me about the bass was the neck. It was ROUND, just like a Louisville slugger. If this bass would have had Bartolinis or SDs, been a little lighter, and had a flatter neck profile, it would have been the dream bass of all times. I suggest you spend a little time with one before you make up your mind. The craftsmanship was great. It was a really nice bass....it just didn't fit me well.
  4. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    Thanks guys. I think the thing I see the most when looking at reviews of these basses is that their heavy. Their not that big, so what are they made of? I was worried about the balance too because the body is so small and the neck is thick, I bet the balance becomes a real issue with the 5 and 6 stringers cause the neck gets wider and heavier. But, god damn, aren't they the most beautiful basses you've ever seen? The gloss finish is just immaculate and the super dark color is just amazing. I just want to hang one on the wall of my music room as art.

    What is considered a good market value for a Euro 5? is $1300 good for this type of bass? List I think is $2199.
  5. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    I believe the bodies are maple, thus the weight.
    They do neck dive a bit too, but a 3" leather Levy's strap took care of that. $1300 is a pretty good deal new. You can find them used for less than a grand.
  6. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I found a place that sells them new for.....



    With Free Shipping!

    good deals!
  7. I have owned a Czech 5 string Spector for about 3 years. I actually just sold another one that I'd had for about 1 year.

    Not much experience with the 4 stringers - had one for about 1 week, along with another 5, but that story can wait a minute!

    Yup, almost everything that the guys above have said, sounds, feel, looks, shape all very good and shape is comfortable. Weight is one thing to consider - personally I like it, it is heavy, but I like it! Never had a problem with neck dive - I also own a Korean REX2000/5, now that has neck dive!

    String spacing is a bit tight, and the neck is a bit chunky, but even though I have smallish hands, I find no problems with it - I actually had a Fender Jazz Fretless for about 1 year, the neck on that felt like a toy compared to the Spector (I guess I'm used to it now)

    Anyway, my story about the basses I had for 1 week. A German dealer was doing a blow out on New Old Stock Spectors. High Gloss Black only, SSD logo, but brand new. So I bought 2 5 stringers, and a 4 stringer. Sold one of the 5 stringers and the 4 stringers on ebay, and made enough profit to keep the last 5 stringer effectively free!

    My current NS5CR is the slightly older dot inlay, no figured maple top and it has the EMG BTS preamp - it is still the best bass I have ever played!
  8. I have a Spector Euro 5. It is by far the best sounding bass i have ever played. And that includes my Stingray 5. Go for the Euro 5, you can get a pretty good one used. Thats what I did.
  9. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    OK guys, I know it's been a while. But, I went and played a Euro 4 at Guitar Center, and luckily they happen to have my exact setup there (an Ampeg SVT-5 Pro with an Ampeg PR-410HLF cab), this was about 2 months ago or so. OK, so I LOVED IT!!! Wow, what a killer sound.

    That was then, this is now.

    I have a Euro 5 in Black Cherry arriving within 2 days. I'll post some pics when I get it. I'm sooo phyched!! Maybe this will settle my GAS down for a while.

  10. Congrats on your new bass.....and Black Cherry - this is exactly the colour I'd order it in if I was to get another!

    I'm sure you're gonna have a long and rewarding musical relationship with this bass!

    Oh - and definitely get the pics!:)

  11. I've got the Black Cherry 5er...killer bass!!!!

    You'll love it when you get it! :D :D :D

    I haven't noticed too much neck diving, but it's definately a heavy beast.

  12. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    What they all said. Good craftsmanship, quality bass, comfy scuplted body, bit wide neck - a medium-fat D I would say - and bit on the heavy side. The neck of mine, an earlier non-FM 34" 5, had thick gloss on it.

    Congrats on the new axe! :cool:
  13. I just got a Czech 5 srting and am very happy with it great tone and playability for me. I find the neck comfortable. like people have said they are heavey but I like some girth to my basses. I find it balances well, just get a wide strap. construction is top notch. I can get very low action on mine, lower than I like actually with no fret buzz. and they will sustain for days. very solid basses but try before you buy. I love mine but they are not for everyone.
  14. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    Yeah, that's pretty much what I got from everyone. "Their heavy, try one first". I played a Euro 4 and that was enough to convince me that these are totally leet axes. I play a Pedulla ET-6 as my main axe, and that thing is pretty heavy, not early as heavy as say, a warwick thumb 6, but still heavy. The Spector is gonna rule it all. I'll post pics tomorrow hopefully (actually, now that I look at the time I should say later today).
  15. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Welcome to the Club! You WILL be very happy! I absolutely love my Czech 5. Mine is one of the very few Emerald stained ones too..:D
  16. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I spent some time with a Chzech 4 and 5 basses at a GC one time. Both were fabulous.
  17. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    OK, I got it. WOW!!!! This thing is amazing. Is it just me, or are the electronics REALLY HOT!!!??? This thing is loud!

    Here's some more first impressions:

    - The Black Cherry is very beautiful, but I'm worried that people are going to think it's actually black. Unless the light is hitting it right, you can't even tell it's red.

    - The pickups are HOT, they pick up everything! Damn! I'm guessing that this is the new 'Spector Active Tone Circuit' You need to be a clean player on this bad boy because everyone will know if you have bad technique, hehe.

    - The strings are, well, weird. The low B is kinda flappy, but the high G is really tight, very odd. I'm hoping that a full setup will solve this. A new set of strings are the first things going on it anyway, so it almost doesn't matter.

    - The setup needs some work. the B and E strings need to be raised, it's very hard to play without getting buzz or clacking. but that's easy enough. I just hope I don't need to adjust the neck.

    - The pickups could probably be lowered a bit, their a little close to the strings for my personal taste. hopefully this might make the volume control a little more managable.

    - It does NOT have the neck dive that I was worried about that is apparent on Warwick Thumb 5's. I am very happy about this.

    - I'm not happy about the fact that their are seperate volume controls for each pickup. I've always hated this design, even on my guitars. I prefer a volume and pan knob (or switch, on guitars). I plan on having this changed very soon.

    Well, that's about it. Over all I'm very happy. This will be an awesome axe that should last me a long time.
    Oh, and I'll post some pics this afternoon.
  18. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    OK, here's the pics and some updated info on the setup.

    - I think I'm going to have to adjust the neck just slightly, the action is a wee bit high for my taste to get rid of the fret buzz. But, I'm going to wait till I get a new set of Elixer's to do this adjustment since the guages might be different. Does anyone know what ships on these things new?

    - The low B problem is fixed. Raising the saddle and setting the intonation on that string (the saddle needed to be moved back almost 3/8") took care of the tension problem, it sounds awesome now without being too flappy.



    As you can see I've already got my grubby finger prints all over it, I just couldn't NOT molest it the second it got here. I guess I could have wiped it off for it's debut photo oh well....
  19. looks good. I had to do some light setup work on mine to when I first go it the other day. and I put some DR low riders on there and the string tension is great now. sounds like you got the vol/vol with aguilar preamp. mine has the volume/pan with the spector preamp. I don't know if one is better than the other but I am loving the way mine sounds. the EMG's are very powerful like you said and it really picks up everything. I have to work on cleaning up my playing also. but I did some tapping stuff and it really sounds great, picks up all the nuances. I was going to go with a peavey cirrus, and I liked their necks a little more but found them a little to "hi-fi" sounding for my tastes. I like that big growly tone.