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Spector NS5XL Pickup Variations/Opinions Please?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sleevey55, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. sleevey55

    sleevey55 Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Billings Montana
    I have several Spectors and was thinking of trying a different pickup config in my NS5XL. It currently has the 2 DCs' in it with the 18v haz. I have been told that some people put a 40P in the neck position to get closer to that original Spector tone. Wouldnt i want to change the bridge pickup to a 40J? Id like to hear your experiences and ideas! Thanks in advance!
  2. sumgruuvz


    Apr 28, 2009
    Put the 40P in the neck and leave the dc in the bridge. A regular j will lose some heft on the bridge.
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  3. oaklandthumb


    Nov 12, 2014
    Midwest USA
    Ive owned about 6 spectors, forte 5's and NS5XL's.

    At one point i had all the pickup combos in 3 different spectors, my favorite being the EMG 40 P/J combo, followed by the EMG 40DC bridge 40P neck.

    Not a fan of the double DC sound. I do like 3 band pres but the spector HAZ is hard to beat for sheer nasty metal clang and punch
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  4. sleevey55

    sleevey55 Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Billings Montana
    Put the 40P5 in tonight........really dig it! I have a new Euro LTD that sounds so close to my NS5XL so I wanted something different. Glad I made the swap and with the EMG quick cables, it only took 20 minutes!

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