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Spector USA NS-5 5-String Bass, Pau Ferro Fretboard, Curly Maple Top, Black Walnut Body, Varnish

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We're very proud to be Spector dealers, and we're even more so to carry the most top-of-the-line basses in the lineup straight from Brooklyn, New York! This beautiful NS-5 is a custom creation by the bass enthusiasts here at the shop.

We've had so many amazing boutique basses in over the years and were feeling inspired. We wanted to work with Spector to deliver our own take on a finish that has become a shop favorite - the antique "varnish" look. This one also features a black walnut body, an absolutely stunning curly maple top and custom Aguilar electronics!

The neck-through design and tonewoods meld with the Aguilar AG 5-string P/J set and the venerable OBP-2 preamp to serve up some absolutely killer tone. The perfect design makes for a tight and punchy B-string, even at the standard 34" scale length. The fretwork is perfect, and everything simply feels precise and meticulous. If you like low action on a bass, this is it. This particular NS-5 is also extremely comfortable to play and well-balanced thanks to the Hipshot UltraLite tuners.

Between isolating the "P" pickup, isolating the "J" bridge pickup, and combining the two with the volume balance knob, this bass can achieve so many different sounds without even touching the preamp. Add it to the mix and you've got everything you need, and nothing that you don't. It's powerful, has loads of headroom, and can really add some character to the tone. A simple 2-band EQ is easy to work with and impacts just the right frequencies.

This bass sings with overdrive and will sound great hitting your amp hard, but slap-bass players will also love it because the clarity and articulation is absolutely watertight. The bottom end is defined while being extremely powerful. If you need to tone down either the high or low frequencies a bit, you can, but this bass is definitely made for those that aren't afraid to be noticed. What an absolute beast!


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 tonewoods 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, Flame Maple, reclaimed old-growth California Redwood, select Black Walnut, 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: USA NS-5
  • Color: Varnish
  • Top Wood: Curly (Flame) Maple
  • Body Wood: Black Walnut
  • Body Notes: Chambered Weight Relief


  • Construction: Neck-Thru
  • Neck Wood: 3-Piece Maple
  • Neck Finish: Matte
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Number Of Frets: 24
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl Dots
  • Nut: Brass
  • Nut Width: 1.81"
  • Scale: 34" (Standard)
  • Headstock: Ebony Inlay


  • Pickups: Aguilar - AG 5P/J-HC Set
  • Controls: Master Volume, Pickup Balance, Bass, Treble
  • Preamp System: Aguilar OBP-2


  • Finish: Black
  • Bridge: Spector Lightweight Aluminum
  • Tuners: Hipshot UltraLite Tuners


  • Case: Hardshell
  • Instrument Weight: 9 lbs
  • Serial #: 690


Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized dealer for Spector USA. This NS-5 is 100% brand new and is being sold with a full manufacturer's warranty. 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.