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Spector USA NS-5XL 5-String Bass, Spalted Maple Over Reclaimed Redwood

$6,447.00 $5,699.00
SAVE $748.00

Player's Perspective

Spector basses have been at the top of most modern bass players' lists for decades at this point. Music Store Live is thrilled to now carry the most top-of-the-line basses in Spector's lineup! This one recently became available to us after Spector had used it as a demo bass very lightly. With this particular one, we couldn't actually find any blemishes or signs of wear to note. It's really in fantastic shape.

The neck-through design, 35" scale, and tonewoods meld with the Aguilar pickups and preamps to provide a sound that is fundamentally punchy and full down low, with some nice snap to it on the top end, but also has loads of flexibility from the onboard electronics. It's a modern and hi-fi tone that fits the needs of today's bassist while being able to still achieve some great vintage tones.

Whether you're a Spector fan or just appreciate high-end and well-built instruments, there is no doubt that this will leave a lasting impression. It's a true work of art and a result of a perfect marriage of tonewoods and electronics, something pretty to look at but also functional and effortless to play. 

Manufacturer's Description

A true modern classic – First introduced in 1977, Spector NS basses have set the industry standard for modern, neck-thru body electric basses. The original NS instrument was designed by Stuart Spector and Ned Steinberger in Brooklyn, NY. Since then, the NS has taken on a life of its own. The distinct, unmistakable curves have attracted professional bass players the world over to these exquisite instruments. Beyond its world-class design elements, the neck-thru construction of these instruments provides players with unprecedented levels of stability and sustain, bringing a level of definition to bass never before heard. All of this natural tone is then enhanced with our proprietary active circuitry. The coveted HAZ pre-amp is the source of the sound, providing the famous “Spector growl” when paired with your favorite amplifier and effects. 

Spector NS instruments are individually built by a small team of builders in Woodstock, NY from the finest source materials, including hand-selected tone woods from the most fertile regions of the world. Our choices for body woods include premium 5A grade Quilted and Flamed Maple, exotic varieties of Spalted Maple, Walnut Burl, Buckeye Burl, reclaimed old-growth California Redwood, select Swamp Ash, and many, many more. Each 3-piece neck is carved from tempered North American Maple and can be paired with Pau Ferro, Birdseye Maple, or Ebony. Each instrument is outfitted with custom, professional-grade hardware including our hi-mass locking bridge, Dunlop strap locks, and Gotoh tuners. Your options continue from there with a choice of inlays, hardware color, and of course stains and finishes. Our NS instruments are also available with our Helium package, which includes weight-relieved body wings and lightweight hardware. The sound and feel of a true USA Spector instrument is second-to-none. No collection is complete without at least one!



  • Model: NS5-XL USA
  • Color: Natural
  • Top Wood: Spalted Maple
  • Body Wood: Reclaimed Redwood


  • Construction: Neck-Thru
  • Neck Wood: 3-Piece Maple w/ Graphite Rods
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Number Of Frets: 24
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl
  • Nut: Brass
  • Nut Width: 1.81"
  • Scale: 35"


  • Pickups: Aguilar Super Double Soapbars
  • Controls: Master Volume, Pickup Balance, Bass, Treble
  • Preamp System: Aguilar OBP-2 Preamp (active/passive)


  • Bridge: Spector
  • Tuners: Spector, made by Gotoh
  • Strap Buttons: Dunlop Dual Design Straploks
  • Hardware Finish: Black


  • Case: Hardshell
  • Instrument Weight: 9.1 lbs
  • Serial #: 494

Overall Condition

Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized dealer for Spector USA. This NS5-XL is a B-Stock bass that has previously been used by Spector. It has very minor signs of wear which we've included photos of. We found some small smudges on a tuner and a couple of very small, superficial dings on the body. It is being sold with a full manufacturer's warranty. We have discounted this down from its original price of $6,447 to offer you a great deal on one of these. Photos are of the exact bass you'll receive.

Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.

Along with our available inventory, we love working up custom orders as well. Feel free to reach out and we'll be happy to work with you to design the bass of your dreams.