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5+ string bass guitar from Spector

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    Spector ReBop-5

    Spector ReBop 5Published on 05/31/05 at 15:00
    $460 at a Guitar Center, used with
    some visible wear but no problems.

    I have no need or or use for neck
    through designs, and I'm very fond
    of my other bolt-on Spector. This
    one feels the same but sounds very
    different with different PUs, body
    wood and pre-amp.

    I can play this with a very low
    action and a nearly flat neck,
    even with a touch of fret wear.
    It's a really effortless player.

    Tone is phenominal. I use a GK,
    or sometimes a tube Bassman, an
    Ampeg cab with horn, and so the
    bass has to be pretty clean as
    there's some dirt from the amps
    at most settings. I also use a
    very clean AI head, yet this ax
    is very smooth, super smooth, on
    a clean rig, no clanks or …
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    $460 at a Guitar Center, used with
    some visible wear but no problems.

    I have no need or or use for neck
    through designs, and I'm very fond
    of my other bolt-on Spector. This
    one feels the same but sounds very
    different with different PUs, body
    wood and pre-amp.

    I can play this with a very low
    action and a nearly flat neck,
    even with a touch of fret wear.
    It's a really effortless player.

    Tone is phenominal. I use a GK,
    or sometimes a tube Bassman, an
    Ampeg cab with horn, and so the
    bass has to be pretty clean as
    there's some dirt from the amps
    at most settings. I also use a
    very clean AI head, yet this ax
    is very smooth, super smooth, on
    a clean rig, no clanks or honks.

    There is always a punch to the
    attack, but gloved, not bare
    knuckled, and the rest of the
    tone is pretty much up to the
    player, as even with minimal
    controls you can dial up about
    any electric tone. There's no
    'acoustic' sounds in there.

    UI had to finish almost every fret
    end myself, using a small grinder,
    as they were really annoying, and
    so they were quite a distraction.

    You have to open the cavity to get
    at the 9v battery. It has two vol
    pots instead of a fader set up. A
    midrange control would be useful
    but it's not a major problem as it
    seems the bass/treble ranges have
    a wide spread to each of them.

    The neck PU could be closer to the
    neck for my tastes. The 3 tuning
    keys on one side of the head are
    too close together but that can be
    easily altered. String spacing at
    the bridge is a bit narrow for me,
    but not a deal breaker.

    Other than having to finish all the
    fret ends, I'd say the fingerboard
    wood looks a little tacky, as does
    the black finish on the bridge, but
    those are minor things. The neck
    and body finish are minimal, which
    I like, and everything else in the
    woodwork seems perfectly fitted.

    The bolt-on neck uses a deep-inset
    desigh to maximize contact area and
    strength, and this seems to work as
    designed. Neck looks to be 3 piece.

    The bridge has a lock-up screw for
    the saddles, but when unlocked they
    are held in place only by a string.
    You almost need 3 hands to adjust
    the intonation.

    The saddles are soft metal and I
    expect roundwound users will need
    to de-burr them occasionally.


    The tone is the real deal here, and
    if you gotta have it, you won't be
    happy without a Euro or US Spector.
    Both Aguilar and Spector pre-amps
    are similar although you may prefer
    one or the other.

    These things are $900 new, and I've
    seen plenty of $300 Korean basses
    without the protruding fret ends.
    Maybe only some of these have the
    problem. Other than that, you can
    easily spend $900 or more on lesser
    basses, and you can spend way over
    $900 and wonder what the difference
    is delivering beyond eye candy.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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