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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gozan, Feb 16, 2001.
SPECTOR BASS NS-2 and NS-4 . What is the difference ? QUALITY , PRICE ? U.S MADE or CZECH MADE .
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.
Or, you could just say that the electronics are different.
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?
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.
I've never seen one of those. What is it?
It's a P/J setup. I've played one, and not that long ago, either.
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.
I just got on PhotoPoint & I want to try putting a pick So I chose my USA Spector NS-5.
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!!!