Bass Number 93 Spector 5-string

Spector 5-string

Spector 5-string

A funny memory I have about the name Spector has to do with fellow bassist Dino DiNicolo.  One night, we were talking about his bass, a Spector, and I thought he said Schecter.  (Which I own two of)  He’d never heard of Schecter, but thought it sounded like the Yiddish version of Spector.  Silly as that is, I always smile when I think of the name Spector.

Spector is an odd company.  Reading through it’s history is like a mini who’s who of American guitar building.  Stuart Spector started his company in 1974, but it wasn’t until 1977 when a bass designed by Ned Steinberger, called the NS, that things really started to take off.  Spector’s first employee was Vinnie Fodera.

Spector sold his company to Kramer in 1985 and in 1986 Spector production started at Kramer.  Unfortunately, by 1991 Kramer went bankrupt.  Stuart Spector fought to regain the rights to his name and in 1998 started Stuart Spector Designs. Spector built since then are build by Spector in the U.S., China, Korea or the  Czech Republic.

Out of bankruptcy, Kramer was sold to Gibson and current production is through their Epiphone subsidiary.


Spector 5-string Headstock

Spector 5-string Headstock

As for this bass, there’s not a lot of information.  The tag says, “Spector 5-string”.  No indication of when it was built and I didn’t look for a country of origin.  (Prior to this, I’d thought they were all built in the States.)

At first I’d have to say this bass reminded me of my own Warwick Corvette.  Not so much in it’s styling, but in construction.  In fact the styling is a lot like the Warwick Streamer.

The back of this bass has quite a curve to it.  This apparently is to make it more ergonomic.  I guess this assumes that most bass players have a beer gut.  But who am I to talk?  I certainly fit into that category!

Although I didn’t know what knob did what, I was able to get a great range of sounds from this bass.  Everything from funky and snappy to very mellow.  The bass played very well and had a great feel to it.  The only mystery to me was the price tag.  This used bass was on sale for $899.00 CDN and Long & McQuade in Vancouver.  Seems like a steal for such a high quality boutique instrument.  Hmmm, I wouldn’t mind mind having one.

But then again looking through the Spector Website models, there are some great finish choices.  These guys make some great looking basses.  But I’m really confused about all the choices.  USA Series, Europe Series, Professional Series and Performer Series.  What does this all mean?  Which one do I want?  Oh well, I won’t be buying one anytime soon I guess.

“Stay Tuned!”

PS The Bass-Aholic link for Spector is here, but is in desperate need of updating.

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