Spector, NS-2 Bass, 1984 – Lorne Black (Great White)


NS-2 Bass
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EMG Pick-ups
The Story Behind


About the Builder (from Wikipedia):

Spector is an American based company that manufacturers bass guitars. Founded in 1974 by self-taught luthier Stuart Spector, Spector's first few instruments were essentially crude experiments in instrument design and craftsmanship. Over the next few years, the design and manufacturing process was refined and in 1977, with the help of furniture designer Ned Steinberger, the company developed its most popular design, the NS.

With the success of the NS, the company grew rapidly and was eventually sold to Kramer Musical Instruments. Kramer produced bass guitars for five years under the Spector name until they were forced to file bankruptcy. After Kramer's failure, Stuart Spector was still building instruments under the name "Stuart Spector Designs" (SSD). He regained the rights to the Spector trademark in court in 1998.

Currently, Spector produces their higher-end instruments in their Woodstock, New York shop, with less-expensive versions of the classic Spector instruments produced in Korea, China, the United States and Hořovice, in Czech Republic.

To learn more: http://www.spectorbass.com/

About the Guitar:

Established in 1976 by Stuart Spector and Alan Charney, the Spector company specialized in creating highly coutoured neck-through designed basses and guitars. The flagship of the Spector line was the NS bass. Designed by Ned Steinberger (NS), a Spector apprentice in the 70's, the NS bass was an offset, double cutaway with a bulbous top horn and flaired lower horn. It sported oval inlays with cutouts on both sides, rosewood or pau ferro fretboard, a asymmetical headstock with a stylistic "S" logo and a truss rod cover with "Spector" engraving. Pickups were EMG P & Js. Other NS detail were Schaller tuners and a 34" scale. Up until the Kramer involvement, these guitars and basses were made on a limited basis. When Kramer took over in 1985, many of the Spector attributes were kept the same. The USA produced models were moved to Neptune, NJ and is recorded in Kramer history as being one of the few Kramer lines totally made in USA (Neptune) guitars and basses.

This bass guitar is one of the Spector NS-2™ bass guitars. It features the EMG Pickup P/J version of the NS-1™  and a curved body. Early models were with dot neck, later models with SPECTOR® Scallop MOP Inlay. It has a Badass™ Bridge. This bass model was produced from 1979-1985 and approximately 900 units were build.

The bass was owned by Lorne Black, original bass player with Great White, and mostly used in studio environment as Lorne didn't want to damage the bass on the road.

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