Stuart Spector first began producing handmade basses in his Brooklyn workshop in 1976. Not content to mimic conventional designs, Stuart recruited fellow Brooklyn woodworker Ned Steinberger to design an instrument that was better suited for the modern bassist. This design, referred to as the Spector NS-1, took the bass world by storm upon its release in 1977.

Players of all genres instantly fell in love with the extremely comfortable and uniquely contoured body of the NS-1. With the addition of a second pickup, the NS-1 became the NS-2 in 1979. The NS-2 quickly became the choice of the world’s top bassists and has remained the foundation for nearly every Spector design since its release.

The playability, tone, and craftsmanship of a Spector bass remains at the absolute highest caliber. With long established factories in both Korea and the Czech Republic, and Stuart’s small-batch, handcrafted workshop in Woodstock, NY, Spector produces high-quality basses for players of all levels and styles. With over 700 artists proudly endorsing the basses, countless devoted fans worldwide and nearly 40 years of experience, Spector basses have established themselves as the authority on modern bass design.

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Spector is proud to be the home of our original world famous curved body design.
Read how this was designed exclusively for us by Ned Steinberger in 1977 here.
 

Spector is a guitar making company that was started in Brooklyn New York in 1976 as Spector Guitars Inc by Stuart Spector and Alan Charney.  Originally both were members of the Brooklyn Woodworkers Co-op that shared a shop in an old factory building at 444 12th Street in the Park Slope area. Stuart was originally taught machine woodworking by Billy Thomas a friend and founder of the co-op. The first guitar was made totally by hand in Stuart’s apartment in 1974. Business started in 1976 with sales to Gracin Music on 48th St in NYC.  Both G-1 electric guitars and SB-1 basses designed by Stuart were in the original product line. 

 

Among the other members of the coop was Ned Steinberger who had recently competed training in furniture design at Cooper Hewitt museum. He became interested in the work Spector was doing and offered to design an instrument.  The result was the NS bass guitar with an elegant ergonomically curved design and the neck thru body construction that Spector was already utilizing. The first NS-1 bass was handcrafted in March 1977. The two pickup model, NS-2, debuted in 1979.

 

By 1977 Spector had expanded to renting an entire floor just below the coop encompassing 4000 square feet.  The cost of the space including rent, heat and electricity was $450 per month.  The first full time employee was Vinny Fodera who eventually went on to start his own highly esteemed line of Fodera basses. Among the resources available in the area were hardwood importers nearby on the docks of the Brooklyn waterfront as well as metal wholesalers.  

 

The first venture into mass production techniques was fostered by a contract to supply replacement guitar necks for sale by the DiMarzio Company on Staten Island.  This led to the development of equipment to sand the finished shape of the neck and advances in mounting frets. Involvement in OEM operations were curtailed in late 1982 in order to concentrate on Spector bass production. 1982 also saw the addition of Harold "Hap" Kuffner as the domestic and international sales manager for Spector.  This resulted in a significant increase in the number of both domestic and foreign dealers and distributors.

 

In 1983 a white Spector NS-2 bass was sold to Sting by Dan Martin owner of the St. Charles Guitar Exchange at the start of the Synchronicity tour and was played and filmed for the rest of the worldwide tour. Years later that bass was donated to the museum of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio where it has been on display.  

 

In late 1985 the Spector brand was sold to Kramer Guitars of Neptune New Jersey and all equipment and production were moved to the new Kramer facility.  Stuart and Alan remained on as supervisors and consultants and production was greatly expanded reaching a maximum of 100 pcs per month. During this period, production was started in Korea of the NS-2A model enabling sales of the instruments to enter the mass market. By 1990 Kramer was forced into bankruptcy and all Spector production ceased.  

 

After a two year hiatus Stuart started a new company as Stuart Spector Designs Ltd near Woodstock New York and introduced the SD bass which debuted at a NAMM show in Atlantic City New Jersey. A work space was rented just outside of Woodstock which is still in use today. With the addition of business partner PJ Rubal, Stuart and PJ continued to grow the company’s instrument model offerings, sales, and artist roster.

 

A consulting visit to Czechoslovakia in 1987 led eventually to a long term relationship with a factory there that is now known as NBE Corp and produces the Euro line of Spector basses which are sold worldwide.  

 

By 1998 Stuart was finally able to purchase back the rights to the Spector trademark and resume producing basses in their complete original format.  

 

Production of the USA basses and guitars continues near Woodstock New York. 2006 saw the introduction of CNC machining technology and a subsequent expansion of models and features. Among the new items were the ARC6 and Kenmare electric guitars and the CTB carved top bass.  

 

Starting in 2015 Korg USA has managed import bass distribution in the USA & Canada which includes the very popular Euro basses from the Czech Republic and the Legend Series produced in Asia.