Spector NS2 Owners Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassmunnky, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    Looking for advice.

    I'm looking to get a new bass in the fall and have been looking at the Spector basses..the NS style (or Euro Version) with the Reverse PJ configuration.

    I played one of these in the 90s and loved it. But I only played it sitting down.

    My question has to do with the Strap Button placement.

    Looking at the bass..the strap button is around the 14th fret.

    My old Carvin LB had the button in the same position and I never got used to the reach for the lower frets...

    Sometimes while thinking I was fretting a G..I would hit ONE fret up...ug...I eventually got rid of it as I always had to concentrate on where my hand was. I'm no wimp and yeah..."get used to it" seems like a valid answer..but to me it's just the way it worked for me.

    All of my basses strap buttons are placed at the 12th fret..except for the BONGO 6 which I don't seem to have that extra reach problem.

    Any thoughts or feedback on this would be appreciated. .

    I'm digging the White "Sting" version they have at BassCentral..

    Thanks and man lay on the love for the bass..
  2. I don't have an NS2 but I have a Euro 5LX and don't have any issues playing the bass sitting or standing.

    It's my number one player and I take it out of the house every opportunity I get. I'm buying another Spector this year, and think you'll be in the same boat after your first one!

    FWIW: I traded my lined fretless SR5 because I couldn't dig it even as a backup after playing my Spector.
  3. gene beauchamp

    gene beauchamp

    Jul 15, 2012
    One of the most comfortable basses out there.
  4. davec

    davec Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 4, 2006
    Fort Wayne Indiana
    Owner; Cody Electric Basses ( Now Closed) sales @ Sweetwater
    There are so many things that just work on a Spector, not the least of which is the concave/ convex body shape.... very comfy basses..
  5. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    Thanks for the replies...to be clear...I'm not trying to infer that there are any "issues" with the 14th fret strap button...I DO remember when I picked up the bass...it felt like "home"...

    Can't try these anywhere...so I'll read all the feedback.

    Thanks again
  6. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I have a Forte and have no issues with the scale length or the strap button location. I'm average height and don't have enormous hands. I do shift the strap and bass to a comfortable playing position, so the body is pointing down at 8 o'clock and the tuners are at 2 o'clock - hope that makes sense.

    Truly a comfortable bass, and sonically unmatched compared to any other basses I've played in the last 25 years.
  7. jbravo


    Jun 1, 2009
    South Dakota
    Played fenders for years. Switched to Spector this spring. It took a short time to get used to. I actually found it less comfortable to play sitting than standing at first. Now they feel great any way. I can also comfortably wear Spectors lower, which seems to put less stress on my hands and wrists. Wonderful instruments!:bassist:
  8. I've played them for years. A Spector was always my dream bass growing up. Loved everything about them. That being said, as I get older I've developed left wrist and shoulder issues, probably from years of less than ideal technique. I find it somewhat difficult to play my Spectors standing up, unless I wear the body on the low side, so as my left hand can meet the first fret (with the neck at more of an upward angle) with more comfort. You have a good eye to notice where the upper horn ends before actually playing it. It's also a 24 fret neck, so wearing one can make it feel like an extra long scale. I'm not saying that it will be an issue, but you may experience the same issues you had with your Carvin. It's a valid concern.
  9. dutchwife


    Aug 6, 2007
    Osaka, Japan
    Hey BM.
    Nearly 30 years of Spector use for me, and no issues of that nature ever. Just the opposite, as posted above, very comfortable guitars.
    I checked your sig & locale; I'm in Osaka, Japan, & today counted at least 15 Spec's (including one US made NS2) in just two of the local stores. The lesson here; Philly & NY? Don't take our words for it, go out & try one!
    If you do, be kind enough to post your verdict.
    Thanks, & happy hunting.
  10. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    New England
    I have an old Spector I generally use only to record with. I never really noticed that much of a difference when coming off of the Richs and Fenders I spend a lot of time with when it comes to the last frets.
  11. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    I'm in PHILLY right now...clue me!
  12. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Indiana, USA
    Gotta be a ton of music stores in Philly... Call around and ask for spector. I have noticed the same fretting issue when playing my Spector ns4, but that is easily remedied by lengthining you strap a smidge, and playing the bass at a bit of an angle instead of perfectly horizontal.