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Spector QUESTION

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by F*#$NA4, Jul 17, 2003.


  1. F*#$NA4

    F*#$NA4

    Jul 11, 2003
    Chicago
    There is a real small, mom and pop, guitar shop I have have been going to for five years. Ever since I can remember, there were 2 neck through Korean made Spector 4 strings there. I think Five years ago he wantedd 900 for one, now he wants 500 for one, how much are these basses worth? Are they junk, are they bad because they are Korean made??? or lesser quality. I dont know much about Spector basses. SOMEONE help me out a little.
     
  2. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Well, its a good thing you came to TalkBass because I am the supreme Spector guru (pollybass is teh second in command spector guru).
    First off, if it says "Spector" on it, its a good bass, period.:D
    the bass you mentioned is the NS2000/4 (well that's the name it has now, but it got discontinued this year). The $900 price tag on that bass was almost list price, adn was a total rip-off. $500 however, is a good price, and the only place you'll get one cheaper is on ebay for about $450 (new, plus shipping). The neckthrough Korean spectors are very good absses- they have nice clear tone, tons of sustain, and a very comfortable body with a solid feel. It would eb very difficult to find a better new bass for that price. I recommend you buy it right away.
     
  3. brake

    brake

    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Spectors are indeed godlike, everyone should own one. Today, I laid away an NS2000/q4, I can honestly say it's the best bass I've ever played, Korean Schmorean. I'll definitely own another sometime down the road (the Rex's look interesting)
     
  4. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    When I bought my Q5 it was the best bass I had ever played. I just bought a Czech Spector, and sold my Q5, and it is now the best bass I ahve ever played :D. The legions of Spector are winning more converts!
     
  5. brake

    brake

    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    I'm entirely a Spector guy now
     
  6. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Well, naturally, your username is my last name, so you have to like Spector like it or not! ;)
     
  7. Spectors are awesome, and that's a reasonable price. I love my Rex, and next to Warwicks, which I cannot yet afford, it is the nicest bass I've ever played. The Korean neck throughs are excellent value.
     
  8. brake

    brake

    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada

    It's my last name too
     
  9. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    You may want to check the polls again :)

    Nino Brown has owned more spectors that anyone I have ever seen, and I have owned 7 myself, including 4 kramer era korean 2a's, an ns2000/5, an czector NS5CRFM, and a USA 1990 model NS-2.

    Sorry, but you have been demoted to 3rd, and 4th respectively :D
     
  10. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    PS, I forgot to add, IMO I personally wouldn't give 5 bones for a 2000 series bass. They are nice basses, but I have recently seen nice czech built specs in the $600 ballpark, and their quality is 94.7% of the USA models.
     
  11. That would be a pretty nice find...where have you seen that price?
    But I think the Koreans are very close to the quality of the Czech models too. The craftsmanship is just as good. The main differences are the better labour (which is debatable with respect to the effect on quality), better wood, inlays, and better pickups.
    IMHO, the EMG-HZs sound great compared to the real EMGs, and there isn't a huge difference. Apparently they have 90% of the output or something like that. But some people hate them. I think the Korean models are far better value for the money, as they are frequently less than half the price, but if you can find a czech model for $600 you should definitely get it.
     
  12. brake

    brake

    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    my NS2000/q4 is costing me 995 canadian, if anybody cares
     
  13. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Hey, Polly doesn't even own a Spector, lol. My ranking are completely based on fanaticism!
     
  14. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO

    $600 is definately a VERY good price. the vast majority of the time you'll pay at least $800 for a czech however.
    IMO the Czech models are an entirely different beast from the korean basses. The craftsmanship is better, the parts and materials are better, and the fit and finish is amazing. Many, I included, would say that the Czech spectors are one of the best values out there.
     
  15. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    The 2000 series are a slightly different design than the czech/USA models. Slightly different body shape, necks are different, and there is less curve on the body. Some people hate the HZ's, but I think they sound pretty decent. The blow link is an older model, but I have also seen a used czech 4 with the newer inlays on it go for $650 as well. There were also a czech 5 a little beat that sold buy it now for $550, and a nice early czech 4 that sold just under $600......those pages no longer come up under search though.

    The 2000's are nice basses, but they don't sound, feel, or play like the flagship model, but the czech's are very close.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2545635390&category=4713
     
  16. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    I seriously considered pulling the trigger on the above listed bass, but decided against it, due to the fact their feedback is horrible, and I wonder what kind of clod owned it, since the G is strung very obviously on the wrong side of the tuner. Makes you wonder what kind of maintenance and care this bass has, or hasn't gotten.
     
  17. Gotta say something about Spector...

    Mmmm, well, I own three USA Spectors, an NS-5XL, NS4 and NS2. Nice basses, good "rock sound" with my Ashdown amps, wish the necks were more like my MTD's...

    Yep, I would go with my bolt-on MTD's over my USA Spectors. Of course, if I could only own one bass it would be my MTD 535 or my FMT Jazz 4 string.

    My P-Basses sound pretty damn mighty with Quarter Pounders in them as well...

    So, what the hell am I saying here? Try a Spector, that's the only way you will be able to tell if you like it, be a USA version or one made overseas (Europe or Asia)... :p
     
  18. brake

    brake

    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    not exactly a common last name, have you got any relatives in Canada? east coast, specifically
     
  19. Where are you on the East Coast? I'm in Halifax.:)
     
  20. brake

    brake

    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    New Waterford, CB.