Spector USA NS-5 5-String Bass, Birdseye Maple Fretboard, Flame Maple, Nectarine Burst
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! Right in time for the summer, we just got in this gorgeous NS-5 we spec'd out with Spector's custom shop.
The custom Nectarine Burst finish evokes vintage vibes as well as takes you straight to a sunny summer day here in Southern California. To complement the vibe, we selected some beautifully bookmatched Flame Maple for the top. A swamp ash body, a classic tonewood dating back to the golden days of guitar and bass building, imparts some snap and resonance to the tone as well as its usual nice wood grain to the back of the bass. The neck offers the best of both worlds with a painted back, also bathed in warm tones of nectarine, and a figured birdseye maple fingerboard on the front. The chef's kiss on top of it at all is the crown inlays adorning the fretboard - they too are made of stained flame maple!
The neck-through design and tonewoods meld with the EMG pickups and the HAZ 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.
The EMG 40DCX pickups bring such a powerful variety of sounds to the table. Between isolating the neck pickup, isolating the 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 the HAZ 18v preamp 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 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: USA NS-5
- Color: Nectarine Burst
- Top Wood: Flame Maple
- Body Wood: Swamp Ash
- Construction: Neck-Thru
- Neck Wood: 3-Piece Maple
- Neck Finish: Matte
- Fretboard: Birdseye Maple
- Number Of Frets: 24
- Inlays: Stained Flame Maple Crowns
- Nut: Brass
- Nut Width: 1.81"
- Scale: 34" (Standard)
- Pickups: EMG 40DCX Set
- Controls: Master Volume, Pickup Balance, Bass, Treble
- Preamp System: Spector HAZ 18v
- Finish: Black
- Bridge: Spector Lightweight Aluminum
- Tuners: Hipshot UltraLite Tuners
- Case: Hardshell
- Instrument Weight: 9 lbs
- Serial #: 676
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.