Spector questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RBrownBass, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Thoroughly Nice Guy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Does anyone here know whether the Korean NS2000 Professional neck-thru basses have the curved body? I just got hold of one on ebay and while it ain't that big of an issue, I'm still curious enough not to want to wait until it gets here. I've done the search, and didn't find the answer I'm looking for, so I hope someone here who owns this bass can help me out.

    The bass is a neck-thru four string with what looks like slightly flamed maple wings. Paddle headstock, black hardware and dot inlays. Seller advertised it as a Korean NS2000 professional, and said he bought it new in 2003. Hope this info helps. Thanks in advance.
  2. purfektstranger


    Apr 10, 2003
  3. do you mean the body with the NS design. yes I have one myself. bought brand new in 2000, but the five string version. i believe most of spectors basses have the NS design as a standard
  4. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Thoroughly Nice Guy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Thanks for the link- those photos show what I needed to see. It appears that the bass is in fact curved. The site describes it as "contoured", but lists the other Spectors on that page as "carved". Hmmmmm... maybe my eyes are bad. It looks curved at the back to me.
  5. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    As far as I know, none of the NS2000 series had the full contoured body as the American and Euro NS series. The NS shape is generally the same, but they're flat bodies. Maybe the higher priced 2000's had some sort of extra work, but they're flat.
  6. The NS2000 Profesional Series basses have what they at Spector call the "updated" NS body shape. The main characteristic of the body shape is the narrower upper horn and the less curved body, but they are in fact curved.

    I hope this helps, I own the 5 string version od that bass and think it is a great instrument... enjoy yours :smug:
  7. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Dept. Mgr (Account Services) @ Long & McQuade (Burlington)
    +1...the NS2000Q and Q series basses are flat, the Pro/NS2000 basses are curved...I have one of each (5 string)...while I like both, the curved body is much more comfortable to play...
  8. The NS-2000/Q basses are a later Ned Steinberger design. The design is flat topped, flat backed with a contour in the back like, for example, a Fender P or J bass. I have a 2002 Q4 that I love. It reminds me of a modernized J bass; smooth and easy to play with the signature Spector sound.

    Paul Mac
  9. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Thoroughly Nice Guy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Well, the bass was sitting on my porch when I got home from work. It is curved in back as well as on top. I'll know tomorrow when the NS-2A gets here if it's as curved as the older models.
  10. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Thoroughly Nice Guy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    The 2A arrived this afternoon. I am now the proud owner of two Spectors. Two Korean Spectors, yes, but both are neck-thru and curved.

    The 2A appears to have a smaller radius in back (more curved) than the 2000, but not by much- you have to look really hard to tell. The upper horns are different. The 2000's body is thicker overall. The neck heel is noticeably thinner and more refined on the 2A. There are also some small differences in the headstock shape and location of the "SS" logo. The 2A has a plastic or composite nut (the 2000's is brass), and the nut is wider. The bridges are identical in make (my 2A is a 1989 model), but the 2A's bridge has the Spector logo, while the 2000's does not. Both basses have machined control cavity cover screws and inserts.

    The three differences I find most unusual are

    1) that the bridge is sunk deeper into the body on the 2000
    2) that the 2000 has the more playable, almost Jazz-width nut while the 2A's nut is wider. Not so wide as to be P-Bass uncomfortable, but wider.
    3) that the 2A has no... I don't know the term to use, so I'll call it "counter-routing". The control cavity cover sits on top of the 2A's body (kinda like a pickguard), rather than just inside the surface.

    I would have expected the opposite, if anything, with these three differences as I feel the 2A is the better bass. I'll post pics and a review in a week or so.The 2A came upgraded with P/J EMGs and an 18-volt preamp, so any sonic comparisons will be almost moot with the 2000's stock EMG-HZs. I'll be upgrading those soon, no doubt.
  11. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    Glad to hear it arrived in good condition. Your point about the control cavity cover is a +1 in my book. The last 2A I owned had more than one screw hole stripped out and I ended up buying some threaded brass inserts and installing them to secure the cover better. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine. :bassist: