Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Calvan, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Calvan


    May 13, 2008
    San Diego
    I'm having trouble deciding between the Spector Legend 5 Custom and the Ibanez SR1005EFM Prestige. Both have several features that I like, but both also have a few features that I'm a bit iffy on.

    Has any body played either or maybe even both of these? All opinions are welcome and appreciated.

    I'm looking for a thick and solid sound that is still fairly punchy and clean.

  2. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    It may help if you list the features you like and dislike in each bass.
  3. Calvan


    May 13, 2008
    San Diego

    Likes - maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, passive EMG's, Basswood body with maple or bubinga top, 5 year warranty, around $800

    Dislikes - gold hardware, bolt-on neck, not in love with the overall appearance but don't hate it, have never touched a spector before, all featured artists are finger stylists where as i usually play with a pick (not too sure how much difference this will make)


    Likes - maple/bubinga thru-neck, maple body and top, rosewood fingerboard, off set abalone dot inlays, overall appearance more to my taste than the spector, Vari-Mid III HQ 3-band eq, more familiar with ibanez in general

    dislikes - active pickups (batteries annoy me), i've never played with bartolini pickups although i've heard they're awesome, more expensive than the spector (around $1300)

  4. the spector has an active pre amp too which means that it needs batteries.

    dont you think that 1,300 for a new bass is a bit too much?
  5. Calvan


    May 13, 2008
    San Diego
    i didn't catch that active preamp part, thanks for pointing that out.

    and as far as the price.... no way is it too much. playing bass is my life. i said i'm young (i'm only 20) but i'm pretty experienced (been playing since i was about 8 or 9). i play in a band that is preparing to tour full time and is on the verge of getting signed. i want a quality instrument for once, considering every bass i've owned to this point is a now a piece of crap in my opinion.

    ps - my guitarist spent $1800 on his newest guitar ;) it's beautiful
  6. oh crap,
    sorry man, just came back from the gym.
    read the title "young player in need of FIRST bass"

    haha my bad :p

    Well here's my opinion, why not look around for a used Spector Euro? Or maybe get a passive warwick.
  7. Calvan


    May 13, 2008
    San Diego
    i've played warwicks and i'm really just not a fan. maybe the ones i played were beat considering it was at guitar center. but they just all sounded really farty to me. and as far as buying used.... all my basses to date have been used. i'm ready to have MY bass hahaha
  8. Calvan


    May 13, 2008
    San Diego

    that buzz situation concerns me a bit, but i honestly don't see how every single one of those had that big of a problem? and from his story about the shop owner checking the pickups... sounded like he got a imitation or something.

    i'm thinking your right about saving for a higher end spector though. they're just out of my range for the time being.

    and as far as batteries.... i notice a difference in sound after having the same battery in for 3 - 4 weeks. maybe its just the bass that i have right now....?
  9. adronchase361


    Jun 8, 2008
    I vote Ibanez.
  10. staindbass


    Jun 9, 2008
    ive used both. not sure if we used the same prestige line or not, mine was neck thru body. to me the legend is more versatile in tone, lighter in weight, and sounds better. the prestige had its own sound, you could not mimic a precision bass sound well ect. if u slap and pop, id say they are a tie. for rock ect, id go legend. i use the czhek ones. try both, the problem is strings are usually dead on music store basses, makes it hard to compare. johnny a.
  11. Calvan


    May 13, 2008
    San Diego
    i went and played the ibanez prestige today at guitar center. according to the guy there it was the only one, they just got it a week ago, and i was the first one to touch it. anyways.... i fell in love with it and that's what i'm getting. i would still like to try out the spector, but there is nowhere within a few hundred miles that carries them. i've been leaning towards the ibanez for awhile anyways.

    thanks for everyones input, much appreciated.

    oh and ps, no i won't be buying the bass through gc. i just don't trust their floor models
  12. wildcard

    wildcard Guest

    I've had an Ibanez Sr1000 4 string neck thru . After I had a fret job , & the neck straightened { due to buying a factory 2nd } & it was my first bass also. The other thing I had done to it was , I replaced the Ibanez pre-amp, with a Bartolini NTBT 18 volt pre-amp. It comes with custom US Bartolini pick-ups , not those MK-1s either. The bottom line is ,after I had all the work done. It was one of the nicest sounding , & sweetest playing basses, that I've owned. I sold it , & to this day, I regret selling it. I just might buy another I liked it so much. Need I say which one I'd go for ?
  13. wildcard

    wildcard Guest

    I also had a Spector Rebop 4 , for a short time. I hated those EMG HZs. It was a little head stock heavy also, you get used to that though. I remember it was a pretty lite instrument, but I sold it. I wonder what it might of sounded like, with an 18 volt Bartolini pre-amp , & Bartolini pick-ups ?
  14. sleepy


    Jun 29, 2005
    Ibanez makes great instruments.
  15. I don't think the Spector Legend Custom has a bolt on neck. I believe it's a neck-thru. Also, if you get the Slate Grey color, you could get the black hardware.
  16. How bout an MTD? A Heir or a Zephyr
  17. wildcard

    wildcard Guest

    Go with the Zepher. Thats a real sweet bass, I personally think you'll be happier in the long run, with the Zepher, than the Heir.
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    For $1,300, I be getting some version of an American Fender Jazz Bass (a Deluxe, perhaps).
  19. Calvan


    May 13, 2008
    San Diego
    the jazz deluxes i've looked at are more along the lines of 2300 - 2600.... i'd love to have one someday but it's out of my range for now and would not fit my band at all.