Unknown Spector bass NEED HELP

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cbass717, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. cbass717


    Jun 30, 2008
    hey guys,

    so around last year, a guy dropped of a bass at a local music store. it is a all white/cream spector bass. they told me it was a all American bass. it coasted around 650$ and i was told that if i were to sell it i could get more than i paid for it. i was also told that it was one of the originals from the 1970-1980's era. this bass has the scars to justify that. the bass has active p and j pickups which sounds amazing. The pickups say spector on them . The bass is a neck-through with a spector bridge and dot pearl inlays. The hardshell case that it came with (which is as old as time) says " Spector by Kramer". so this obviously means that this was made when kramer bought spector in the 80's. There is No Serial number to be found on the bass.

    SOOOOOO.... i need help. can anyone tell me or help me out when my bass was made and how much could i get for it???? Thanks
  2. superflybass


    Feb 16, 2004
    La Crosse WI
    it does not sound like an us spector
    is the body back curved or flat ?
    it sounds like a korean one
    also look in the control cavity and see if there is a sn#
  3. milo


    Jul 22, 2004
    If it is bolt on it must be year in the neck joint.
    You must unscrew neck and look at body and neck.
  4. Hamerguy


    Mar 29, 2008
  5. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    He mentioned that it's a neck-thru.
  6. kaputsport


    Nov 14, 2007
    Carlisle, PA
    Atypical, not a typical...
    Give me some pics, and any other info, and I'll ask Stewert himself.
  7. NS2A


    Apr 3, 2008
    It's a NS2A (Korean made bass) with EMG's added. Very popular to upgrade to EMG's at the time.

    US Kramer Spector had crown inlays and a serial number NOT on the control plate.
  8. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
    I agree - it's most likely a NS-2A, but in the OP it says 'The pickups say spector on them', so it doesn't look like the EMG mod has been done.

    We definitely need pics...
  9. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    If the pickups say "Spector" on them, it's *definately* one of the Korean-made Spectors: NS-2A (if the body is arched) or NS-2B (if the body is flat).

  10. NS2A


    Apr 3, 2008
    You are correct. He said "active" pickups, so I assumed EMG. The "Spector" pickups are passive, the pre is active. Real EMG's sound WAY better.

    So this isn't hard.
    -no serial #
    -dot inlays
    -Spector pups
    -Kramer case

    If it's a curved body, it's a NS2A made in Korea. I guarantee it. If it's a flat body, then its just a cheaper version of the NS2A - the B or C model.

    And the "cream" color was pearl white originally. It's just discolored over the years $650 is on the high end for this bass, even in good condition.
  11. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
  12. cbass717


    Jun 30, 2008
    Hey guys

    ill try to get some pics. up for u guys sometime soon. thanks for the help.
  13. cbass717


    Jun 30, 2008
    that would be tight man!
  14. loend68

    loend68 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses, T.C. Electronics
    I'm fairly sure the Kramer NS2a's were made in Japan. At least that's what I remember when I was ordering my US NS2 back then....
  15. BigLoopDuke


    Jan 2, 2007
    DSM, IA
    B's and C's were in Japan. The A's were from Korea during the Kramer days. I think.

    Either way, it's probably a heckuva player and with a set of EMG's and maybe a new preamp, you've got an amazing bass.

    At the same time, there are countless web sellers pushing these for over a thousand. What would a Korean NS2a go for these days? I did a search, but didn't find anything conclusive.