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SPECTOR NS-2 or NS-4...what is the difference ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gozan, Feb 16, 2001.


  1. gozan

    gozan

    Sep 17, 2000
    SPECTOR BASS NS-2 and NS-4 . What is the difference ? QUALITY , PRICE ? U.S MADE or CZECH MADE .
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You will notice very little quality differences in the USA & Czech models. They are both excellently made & play fantastic. The USA model is totally hand made, though. The differences in the EQ's are Chech NS-4 CR uses a 9 volt EMG BTS system w/EMG P/J pick-ups, NS-2 USA uses a 9 volt Haz-Lab pre-amp w/EMG P/J pick-ups, NS-4 uses an 18 volt Haz-Lab preamp w/EMG DC or CS pickups (soap bars). Also the NS-4 USA has a concentric Bass & trebble control. My opinion is the USA modles are better than the Czech models, but not by much. You can get a Czech model for about $1100-1500 new & a USA can run $3000-3400, depending on where you go & who you know. <a href="http://community-2.webtv.net/rinav/NinoBass/index.html">CLICK HERE</a> & see the three USA Spector I own. I love em all. I've also owned 3 Czech models.
     
  3. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Or, you could just say that the electronics are different.;)
     
  4. RGL

    RGL

    Feb 13, 2001
    Portland,Maine
    I thought there was a difference in the "grade" of woods used as well. Is the Woodstock NY version more "hand made" than a Czech?
     
  5. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Well, there's a difference between Czech and USA models, definitely. But, gozan didn't specify whether he was talking about USA NS series basses, of which the Spector website does have both an USA NS-2 and a USA NS-4. Currently the same website only shows Czech models as NS-4's, but I've seen Czech NS-2's as well.

    Therefore, if he's asking the difference between an NS-2 and an NS-4, it's strictly in the electronics, by definition. If he were instead asking the difference between a Czech model and a USA model, then I'd agree with you.
     
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I've never seen one of those. What is it?
     
  7. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    It's a P/J setup. I've played one, and not that long ago, either.
     
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The Czech Spector w/a P/J set up is an NS-4 CR & the one w/ EMG DC's is NS-5 CR. I remember seeing one on eBay a while made in Czech Republic w/a bolt on neck. I don't remember the p/u config or the model, but I thought that's what you were talking about. The seller lived in Canada, so it might be a Spector made only for Canada.
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I just got on PhotoPoint & I want to try putting a pick So I chose my USA Spector NS-5.
    <center><img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41153964"></center>
     
  10. Comparing the U.S. NS-2 and NS-4:
    List price $3700 and up for both
    NS-2 has EMG P/J pickups and 9 volt electronics
    NS-4 has EMG humbucker pickups and 18v electronics
    Everything else is equal

    The Czech NS-4 is more comparable to the US NS-2 because they feature the EMG P/J, 9v electronics
    With that said, here's their comparisons:

    Czech has rosewood fingerboard
    US has pao ferro fingerboard
    Czech has EMG 9 volt electronics
    US has the Haz Labs 9 volt electronics
    Czech has AA grade figured maple body (looks nice)
    US has AAAA grade figured maple (looks nicer)
    Czech has the mother of pearl inlays
    US has the abalone inlays
    Czech lists for $1750
    US lists for $3700 and up
    All else is equal!

    If you can find both in a store near you then take the Spector challenge!!!
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    :)