Tried out one of those infamous Spectors this Weekend

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by belair57, Apr 10, 2001.

  1. I was at my local MARS here in MD and I noticed that they just got a bunch of Spectors. The salesperson told me that they had been there for a month but they were away from all the other basses so I never noticed them. They had a bunch of Korean B/O's but there were two Czech Spectors. A 5 and a 4 string. I picked the five string and all I can say is [​IMG] OH MY GOD. This bass played like a dream. I have never liked the feel of any Five string I have ever played but this thing was beautiful. Granted, it was a little on the heavy side but with that sound who the hell cares. The finished neck played so fast and the action was set perfectly. I usually play pretty quietly at any music store b/c I'm no that good but the feel of this bass allowed me to play so much better than I usually do so I plugged into an SWR SM-900 hooked up to a Megoliath cab and cranked it. I was playing for about two minutes strsight, shaking the wall of g*****s until a salesman came up and politely asked me to tuer it down. I don't know whether I'm lucky or unlucky not to be old enough to have a real job and a credit card b/c if I did I would've bought that bas right then and there b/c even though I knew I coldn't get it I told the guy about MF and the deals they have on Spectors and I brought him down to $1149 (original price $1499) just for the fun of it b4 telling him that my parents said no.
    Oh did I forget to mention that this bass was SOOOOOOOOO beautiful. It looked like a black cherry burst on flamed Maple. Oh, I was certainly in Heaven for about an Hour.
  2. that's real cool, you should definately pick one up. For the record though, infamous is a bad thing. Like Hitler is infamous. As in, he's famous for what he did, but since it was a bad thing, he's infamous.
  3. Oh your right. I meant something more like "renowned". Maybe I can get some help from a moderator here.
    I don't know why we can't change the name of our own threads.
  4. Yeah, that is kinda odd that we can't change the subjects to our own threads. Well, i'm sure someone will help you out.
  5. Yeah, when I read the title I thought you were gonna give them a bad review. Ive never tried one, but they remind me of warwicks (or the other way around?), but I hate warwicks, so Ive always stayed away from Spector
  6. Please. Don't base your undemoed opinion of Spector on Warwick. I Don't like Warwicks either(at least the Streamer Models) but the spectors are totally different. They blow the Warwicks away in every category. You need to try one first.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    tallguy, you don't know what you are missing!

    If you are lucky enough to have a dealer in town who sells the USA or Czech Spectors, rush right down there and try one out.

    I have a Pedulla Rapture J2 5 and a Zon Sonus Custom fretless 5, so I can't really justify another 5 string.

    But last week, I spent an hour playing a red stain quilted Czech 5 with the MOP cloud inlays, and I wanted that bass so bad! I still do. But like I said, I can't justify another 5 string. If only the Czech models came in a 6!:(

    The only criticism that I can give a Spector 5 is that the string spacing is a bit tight for my taste.

    But the bass is perfect other than that.

    Great neck, great tone, flawless fretwork, matter of fact, the bass was flawless in every way.
  8. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I can see why they remind you of Warwicks. But, they're totally different. However, if you're one who likes raw, passive sounding instruments, you may not like Spectors either. I own one and love it! But, they're not for everybody, and you may be one who's not into the sound or feel.

    However, I WOULD recommend that you try one sometime...your opinion MAY change;)
  9. to reiterate what was said above:

    While some Warwicks look like Spectors, they play and sound completely different. I love Spectors but think Warwicks make nice firewood. Now if I could only find the cash for a czech NS-4.....
  10. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    You guys are all insane! Ive played all spectors and just couldnt find one to keep up with my warwick corvette pro-line custom! But thats a good thing because i dont like the thought of all of you having one! Ill keep them to myself! HeHeHerHe
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Spector's are the best basses!!!!! :) They're not for everyone though, I played a Warwick Corvette 5 (ithink) & it sounded pretty good. The neck was like Cpt. CaveMan's Club though. :D I plugged in my NS-5 to compare it & my NS-5 sounded much better!!!!
    I don't need you to tell me I'm insane. I have 6 Spectors & my wife remindes me of my insanity every day!!!! LOL:):):)
  12. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Ya i love the neck on my warwick! They arent for everybody either! I played stand up for years in a jazz band! And played electric for about 15 years and i love the warwick neck because it reminds me of what a bass should feel like! Feels like a bass not a guitar!
  13. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Had it custom made for me back in 92! Swamp ash body! This was long before you could get the corvette pro-line in the states! Dont ask about the hell it took me to get the puppy to me! Or how much it cost! I thought the spectors sounded like a fender! I damned nice fender but still yuck! I love the raw porno like sound i get from my warwick!
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Everyone's got their own opinion. I don't know what a real bass neck feels like. I just know what I like. I'd like to know what Spector you've played that sound's like a Fender. IMO they sound nothing alike. :)
  15. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Several from the cheapy model to the amercan 3 grand srectors! Very nice looking bass! I must admitt if i had a second choice of bass it would be the spector amercan! Might atually get one soon! I like my warwick for the funk slap stuff we do ( which is alot) But id like to get a smooth fender sound for are other soft stuff! Maybe a 5 stringer! Ive played funk for about 16 years now and it has taken me a very long time to find just the right bass for it! The warwick is my funk baby! I used to play fender all the time but now i cant stand to even pick one up! Iam sure you spector people are the same! Dont get me wrong i love the spectors! But for my sound i choose the warwick line up! I think the spector just dont have that funky asss sound i want.
  16. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Spacegoat, Who's starting this time. Come on and sport some wood. Buy a manly bass----Warwick!
  17. Yeah, Limp Bizkit's bassist plays and endorses Warwick and we know what a manly band they are!
  18. Yeah, i guess I will check them out, however, my stupid GC carries a buttload of warwicks.

    Ill chack out sam ash next week and look
  19. Spectors? Warwick?? What a bunch of ignorants!

    You can't even have a glimpse of bass player nirvana until you play an "F" bass.


    And "F" is NOT Fender!!!
  20. OK, the Canadian made F Bass. I have tried the F Bass at a local dealer. I liked it as a fretless bass but I would in no way replace the F Bass over my Spectors as a fretted bass. They have a nice sound but a little to laid back for my taste. They don't have the cutting tone and just as important, the feel of the Spector.