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Spector Rebop4 vs. Ibanez EDB600

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BasicBubba, Jul 2, 2003.


  1. BasicBubba

    BasicBubba

    Jul 2, 2003
    I have a chance to pick up a Spector Rebop 4 (w/ 18v Aguilar preamp) for $500 US. I can get an Ibanez EDB600 for about $300 US.

    Anyone here have gig/recording experience with the 2 of these basses?

    Thanks
     
  2. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    I haven't played the ReBop, but I own two Spectors. I've played lots of different Ibanez bass guitars as well. IMHO, you should go for the ReBop. Try and get one of the current models with the new tone circuit if you can. I doubt I'll play another brand of bass again (I'm now GASsing for a Q6!!!)
     
  3. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Go Spector.
     
  4. I, too, am a happy and loyal Spector owner. But I'd have to say go with the Aggie preamp, in my opinion it can't be beat. I love the one in my Czech 5 string.
     
  5. Spam2mapS

    Spam2mapS

    Jun 26, 2002
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I just bought a Q6. Never tried a rebop, but I recently sold my EDB600, and I would not recomend the bass to anyone. The neck is the most unstable feeling neck I have ever played on (I would sit down to play it and get fret buzz because I applyed a little too much pressure to the neck) and the tone was very mid-highrangy and lacking a ton in bass. Not good IMO. Go Spector!
     
  6. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist

    How's that Q6, brother? How do you have it strung? What kind of strings?:)
     
  7. Spam2mapS

    Spam2mapS

    Jun 26, 2002
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I'm loving it. I've got it strung with the standard 6 tuning, BEADGC, and I'm still using the stock strings, which I believe are spector strings, but I'm not sure (just bought it a few weeks ago). I plan on putting some D'Addarios or DRs on it when I get around to it though :)
     
  8. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    Keep me posted. I use D'Addario EXL170s on my two Spectors, a 2000Q5 and 2000/5. After I figure out how to pay off this Goliath III I seem to have aquired (ahem) I'm going after a Q6 for sure!
     
  9. TI Powerbass strings on both my Spectors, well worth the few extra bucks.
     
  10. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    Never heard of those, what are they like? What are the string gauges?
     
  11. Thomastik-Infeld Powerbss Strings. My five string set is .119, .107, .080, .068, .047

    Round Wound nickel plated steel, long scale, 34 inches

    i buy mine from juststrings.com
     
  12. BasicBubba

    BasicBubba

    Jul 2, 2003
    Thanks for the input. I picked up the Spector Rebop4 and it does have a great tone to it.

    One thing is the reach to the lowest frets is a bit tough. Spector Rebop owners, how high/low do you have your strap set? Also what type of strap do you recommend?

    I also play a Fender Jazz and wear it about mid level and it is comfortable to play.

    Thanks
     
  13. RicPlaya

    RicPlaya

    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    I am getting my ReBop 5 out of layaway this Saturday. Mine is a real light bass I don't think you really need a heavy duty strap, all I can say for strap types and position is I think it's all what you like. Take you bass into the music store and try em out. I can't wait to get ahold of mine. There was some info on what strings some players use out there, have you had a chance to change yours yet? If so what did you go with and how does it sound?
     
  14. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Congrats on the new Spector Bubba! $500 is a great deal (half what I payed for my Czech, which was a great deal as well). I'm sure you'll be very happy, and teh Re-Bop is a much better bass than the EDB600. I think it woudl have only been a competition if the Ibanez was a BTB (the only Ibanez I would ever buy-nice bass).
    As fas as teh fretting issue, all spectors have limited access past the 21st fret or so. If you have long fingers its a big help. If your comffortable with it, I recommend wearing the bass a bit above your waist- some think it looks geeky, but playing confortably is what's important. The high fret issue is the only downside to Spectors I have experienced. Normally I only tap when I get to the really high frets, so its a non-issue for me.



    The Re-Bop is considerably lighter than the solid flamed-maple Czech model.. a good 3 or 4 lbs difference I believe. I just picked up a Czech 5 myself, and I just foudn a buyer for my Q5.. that was a great bass as well. I like to use DR lo-riders because they seem to really bring out the crisp snappy highs and the hard hitting lows in the spector/EMG combo. They feel a bit less abrasive than most other roundwounds I've tried as well.
     
  15. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    The aggie definately sounds a bit better than the "new improved" spector active tone circuit, but there is the downside of only boost and no cut. Since there isn't a passive mode either, I have to have a tone cut of some sort. I am willing to sacrifice a little sound quality for more tonal flexibility- e.g. sometimes I drop out the lows all teh way and boost the highs, or I'll boost the lows and roll off the highs.
     
  16. RicPlaya

    RicPlaya

    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    5StringDNA,

    I was thinking low riders too, sweet thanks
     
  17. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    no prob. As far as the strap, I use a thick premium leather padded fender strap. It is very comfortable and keep the abss from movin around much. I think they go for about $40-$50. Mine came with my bass :D.