Spector ReBop4 vs. Rex4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by otnemeM, Jun 23, 2003.

Spector ReBop vs. Rex

Poll closed Jul 23, 2003.
  1. ReBop

    15 vote(s)
  2. Rex

    6 vote(s)
  1. otnemeM

    otnemeM Guest

    Oct 29, 2002
    Ovar, Portugal
    Simple huh?
    Can't decide between the Rebop 4 or the Rex (the Professional series one not the more expensive)

    If you have experience with both please post your thoughts.

    If you don't post anyway :D

    thx in advance and Rock On :bassist:
  2. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Well now, much of this choice is personal preferance. The bodies are very different, as you knwo I'm sure, so the balance is a bit different as well. The Rex has less neck dive than the classic NS body (which the rebop uses) because of its larger single-cut design. Its akin to a jazz bass in the weight and case fitting issues. The Rebop doesn't have a lot of neck dive though- most spectors balance fairly nicely. Mine doesn't give me any issues when using a strap. I believe the neck is also shaped a bit different on teh Rex bass, but not a whole lot. One may be more comfortable than the other for you, however. The quality of the Rebop basses are a bit better than the Korean Professional series, for obviously reasons. The fit and finish is overall a little nicer and the sound is a little fuller IMO. I don't really recommed the Rebop to anyone though because for not much more, you can get a genuine Czech Euro series spector (around $700-$1000 used). The Rex runs around $400 used if its in nice shape with a case. If your decision is between a Korean and a euro, than just decide which one you can afford. If I were you, I'd either get teh Rex, or spend a few more bucks on a Czech series. The Czech spectors are possibly teh best value for the buck out there.
  3. ReBop duh,....actually I don't I haven't played either. Sorry I'm not helping much of anyone today:D
  4. otnemeM

    otnemeM Guest

    Oct 29, 2002
    Ovar, Portugal
    Man, so many Spector Freaks around here and they're all ignoring me :bawl: eheeh...

    Nino-Brown.... Where are you?...
    C'mon gimme a hand here :D
  5. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Hey now.. I push Spector like it's an addictive drug and I responded! :D What exact info are you looking for?I have experience with everythign except USA Spectors.
  6. otnemeM

    otnemeM Guest

    Oct 29, 2002
    Ovar, Portugal
    You helped a lot, thx :)

    I'm just looking for more and different opinions from people that like you, have tried and/or owned a bunch of Specs :D

    Nino would be a nice one.

    Btw, I go for these two basses 'cause they're in the same price range. One has neck-thru, etc and the other has a different eq, etc. The body shape is not an issue.
    Since I'm in Portugal I'll *most probably* have to buy new... it won't be easy to buy used from such a long distance and in portugal there are at best 5 Specs in all the country (if there are that many). I'd most probably have to negociate with US ppl and it'd be a great risk.
    ...all this if I come to buy one of course :rolleyes:

    Thx for the input dudh ;)
  7. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Rex :bassist:
  8. B'Aces High

    B'Aces High Guest

    Jun 8, 2003
    Canada, North Bay ON

  9. Rod Harder

    Rod Harder Forte Collector - not done yet Supporting Member

    Having owned and gigged with both the REX 4 and the Rebop 4, and 9 other Spector basses of basically every model since 1988, I would say that you are better off to go with the Rebop, for a number of reasons:
    First of all, there's a good chance that a Rebop you get will have the Aguilar OBP-1 and that is simply a better preamp than the EMG preamp in the REX, IMHO. The pickups in both basses are EMG-HZ's and the preamp in the Rebop (18V) in my opinion outdoes the 9v EMG system in the REX. I have not gig tested the new Spector tone circuit yet, but I have played a few US and Euro basses with this preamp and I personally prefer the OBP-1 from my experience so far.
    Secondly, the Rebop is a bolt-on with an Alder body, whereas the REX is a Maple body NTB design. The Rex's Maple body makes it fairly bright, as Spector basses are known for, but the fact that the Rebop is a bolt on does give it a little extra snap for an Alder bodied bass, so you are still able to get most of the growl you may want, especially with the OBP-1.
    Another reason is comfort, the Rebop is a more comfortable in a gigging situation, from my own experience, and the REX really doesn't allow great access to the upper register.
    The REX can also be somewhat neck heavy, especially if you don't play your bass slung really low. I also think the Rebop can be worn higher more comfortably than the REX, if that is how you like to wear your bass.
    Don't get me wrong, I have owned and used both, and the REX is a great bass, but I think the Rebop is more versatile, with a better preamp and will probably serve you for longer, and in more situations than the REX will.
    Hope this helps, but remember there really is no such thing as a bad Spector bass, just find the one that works best for what you want it to do. Good luck !
  10. brake

    brake Guest

    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    I'd probably get the Rex, cause I want one now that I've got an NS2000 on the way... if I didnt, I'd get the other one..

    I'm stealing your Avatar, if you dont mind.
  11. brake

    brake Guest

    Jun 23, 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    it would seem as though I cant.
  12. Kraig99

    Kraig99 Guest

    Get the Rex. It's neck through and looks cooler.
    But seriously, have you have to decide what options are most important to you and which body shape you prefer. I like something that looks sort of abnormal, and I like neck through basses, so I chose the Rex. But you have to decide what you want. Either way you'll get a sweet bass.
  13. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    haha.. you'll have to pay $20 to steal my avatar man ;).
  14. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i say get both

    go with the rebob..they are really nice

  15. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Whats a rebob.
  16. otnemeM

    otnemeM Guest

    Oct 29, 2002
    Ovar, Portugal

    It's not the first nor the 2nd time I find it written like that here in TB.

    Anyhoo, keep the thoughts coming. Your're being very helpful :)
  17. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    Spector 4 sure!
  18. well... ive played both and own a rebop and a ns2000/4 (same thing as the rex without the ugly shape that makes playing sitting down very awkward) and i have to say... get the rebop... i thought my ns2000 sounded awesome but the rebop ****s all over it, especially when playing slap... theres just so much more clarity and tone... not to mention the fact that the bass is probably half the weight... before i got this bass i thought that neck thru was the only way to go because i owned a ns2000/q4 for a month or two and it just sounded like GARBAGE compared to the neck thru model... this is not the case with the rebop... the deep inset neck really makes a difference and the quality of craftsmenship is great (and i thought my korean ns2000 was good)... there is however one problem, for me at least... the neck... its a little thicker than i would like... the rex has a thinner neck which makes it easier to play (for me, its just personal preference) although i think the rebops neck is faster (due to the finish on the back of the rex's neck which can slow you down in some climates)... also the fret spacing is way better in the rebop... if only its neck was more to my liking (im selling / trading mine, shoot me a pm if you want)