Monday, April 16, 2012

New Bass Day!

New Bass Day!

Like most guitar players I've occasionally thought about picking up a bass. So when a deal for a Spector Legend-4 Classic popped up on Hello Music I finally made the move. Total cost was $454 including shipping ($9.00) and a $30 "first time customer" discount. Since they retail for $699 I figured I didn't have much to lose.

The Legend Classic series has been Spector's "entry level" line for quite a while. My model was made in Korea, though some reports on the inter-tubes have them being made in Indonesia. It has semi-active electronics: mid-boosted EMG® HZ pickups with a Spector TonePump Jr. pre-amp. Apparently it's fairly common to swap the TonePump Jr. for an EMG BQC-HZ or to pull the circuitry altogether and run the 'em as regular passive pickups. After a couple hours of fooling around DI through a Presonus FireStudio Mobile I don't have an opinion.

As you can sort of see from the picture it's got a pretty decent quilt top, though the stain is much darker than it would appear from the official Spector advertising photos. Setup out of the box is excellent and in fact it was very nearly in tune, in spite of sitting in a UPS truck all day in 80+ degree weather. The only downside I can see at this point is that it doesn't come with a gig-bag. So that'll add $50 or so.

If these pop up on Hello Music again don't hesitate to snag one.

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