USA Spector Owners, please explain...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by superdick2112, Apr 28, 2012.


  1. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    ..What is the difference, sound-wise, between the NS2 and the NS4?
    I've lusted after a USA NS2 for some time now. I have a chance to get an NS4 with quilted maple wings at a great price, so I'm hoping some of you who have experience with both the NS2 and NS4 models can explain to me the sonic differences & pros/cons of each. Thanks!
     
  2. cjmodulus

    cjmodulus

    Jul 15, 2010
    Not a USA Spector owner, but I do (think) I know the answer. The Ns2 has the pj pickup configuration, and the NS 4 has soap bars. There may be other differences, but I think that's the key one.
    If I remember right, during the SSD era Spector had to refer to their four strings as NS 4s because Ns2 was still trademarked to kramer. I'm sure someone more knowledgable than I can clarify/correct me.
     
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    You're kind of right...I think.

    NS-2 and NS-4 are identical basses. Same pickups and everything. The name difference is, like you said, during the SSD era Stuart could not use the NS-2 name, so he named them NS-4.

    Here is my old NS-4. Should have never sold it. Serial #84. Would love to have it back!
    ssd9.jpg
     
  4. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    The NS4 I'm considering has EMG soapbars. I have an idea how the NS2 P/J setup sounds (I have two Spector Euro LX basses), so my main question is; What is the sound difference between the P/J pickups vs. the soapbars?
     
  5. sumgruuvz

    sumgruuvz

    Apr 28, 2009
    Kansas
    not an owner but i think ns2 is 9v and ns4 is 18v.
     
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    I think I see where the confusion is coming in...

    Looks like we're all right!

    Back when Stuart couldn't use the NS-2 name, he used the name NS-4. So, and SSD era NS-4 is the same as a Spector NS-2.

    I guess when he got the name back, he kept the NS-4 name and gave it soapbars and 18v electronics. My NS-4 was 9v and had P/J pickups.

    So..what is the OP asking about? An SSD NS-4, or a Spector NS-4?
     
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

  8. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    i could be wrong, but i seem to recall one of the spector guys saying that originally, the NS-2 designated it as NS = Ned Steinberger and 2 = two pickups. when the ssd era came around the 4 denoted the number of strings. after Stuart got the rights back to use the NS-2 name, the 4 in the NS-4 designated the amount of coils the bass had (two soapbars - 4 coils)
     
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Makes sense to me! Especially since my NS-5 has neither 5 pickups nor 5 coils :)
     
  10. sumgruuvz

    sumgruuvz

    Apr 28, 2009
    Kansas
    lol. ask jps. he could tell you. find him in the spector forums :)
     
  11. benthughes

    benthughes Inactive

    Jun 26, 2005
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    In terms of tone the Spectors with EMG DCs are fatter sounding while retaining great clarity while the P/J setup is more cutting. The Reverse P pickup adds punch, don't expect P bass fullness down low but it's still pretty fat, dial in the P pickup for more bite.

    The P/J setup is more the traditional Spector tone. I kind only slightly prefer the P/J setup.
     

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