Helium, new option for the Spector basses
Spector launched this year a new option for the building of its USA NS and USA Forte bass series, called Helium.
The Helium option is available at no additional cost on the USA NS with GrayBurst matte or gloss finish and USA Forte with Trans Black Stain Matte finish. It used a wood combination that affects both the sound and weight of the basses, the latter being announced at a bit more than 3 kg.
When choosing this option, Spector will replace the top wing wood with sycamore from the New York state forests and the back wings with Redwood. This wood comes from California, is between 75 and 100 years-old and is used in the construction of pure water tanks installed on the top of office buildings in New York City (see picture below). According to Spector, the water contained in these tanks washes the sugar in the wood cells and allows for a more complete drying, a method similar to the one employed for violin woods in Europe.
Last, with this Helium option, the bass receives an aluminum bridge with brass saddles.
All the instruments ship with a certificate of authenticity signed by Stuart Spector.
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