CARLTON ARMSTRONG
Bassist for Ronnie Baker Brooks
Plays the USA Series
NS-5XL™
 
Bringing the Boom to the Bottom-End
Our top-of-the-line extra-long scale (35”) 5-string model leaves nothing left to be desired. Made in our New York Workshop with the finest materials, hand-made by Stuart Spector and his master craftsmen, the NS-5XL™ bass is a thoroughbred tonal powerhouse.

Dual EMG® 40DC™ humbucking pickups are married to our 18v USA Tone Circuit™ to provide an agile yet steady range of tone and color. From Pop to Country, Jazz to Metal, Rock to Alternative; this bass can easily handle them all and still leave room to explore new sound possibilities.

FEATURES OF THE USA SERIES™ NECK-THRU MODELS
  • These basses are powered by ACTIVE EMG® Pickups and our Spector® USA 18-volt Tone Circuit™. Our proprietary tone circuits were designed by Stuart Spector and are made here in the USA! Our circuits are one of the key ingredients to the unique tonal qualities each Spector® Bass is known for.
  • The Original NS-Body™ Design - This design was created for Spector® by legendary instrument designer Ned Steinberger. Don't be fooled by look-alikes. Only Spector® has the original!
  • Each model has solid AAAA Maple wings. Exotic Wood Topped Models have Walnut backs with exotic tops.
  • Optional X Original Body Style available at no additional charge.
  • 3 Piece Rock-Maple carbon-fiber reinforced neck with 24 fret Pau Ferro (Bolivian Rosewood) fingerboard and Abalone Spector® Crown Inlays.
  • Our solid-brass Spector® USA Locking-Bridge (now with intonation screws!)
  • Highest quality hardware components such as gold Gotoh® GB7 Tuners™ and Dunlop® Dual-Design Straplocks™
SPECS & OPTIONS

(SPECTOR® USA MODEL MADE IN OUR WOODSTOCK, NY WORKSHOP)
 
NECK CONSTRUCTION
NECK CONSTRUCTION: 3-Piece Maple
Carbon Fiber Reinforced
Neck-Thru Body Construction
FINGERBOARD: Pau Ferro (Bolivian Rosewood)Premium Birdseye Maple
Ebony
NECK INLAYS: Spector® Crown Abalone for Pau Ferro Fingerboard.
- Abalone Inlays Standard for Premium Birdseye Maple Fingerboard
- Black Mother-of-Pearl Inlays Optional for Premium Birdseye Maple Fingerboard
NUMBER OF FRETS: 24
SCALE LENGTH: 35"
RADIUS: 16"
STRING SPACING AT BRIDGE: 0.66"
TRUSS HEX KEY SIZE: 4mm
TRUSS ROD TYPE: Stainless steel - Double-Action
NUT MATERIAL: Solid Brass
OPTIONS: Lined or Unlined Fretless at no additional charge
 
BODY CONSTRUCTION
This model features the fully-carved ORIGINAL SPECTOR® NS-Bass™ Design. *Optional "X" Original Body Style Available at no additional charge.
BODY CONSTRUCTION: Solid AAAA Maple or EX - Exotic Top Option*

*Availability of exotic tops cannot be guaranteed, please check with your Authorized Spector Dealer regarding available wood types for purchase.
TOP: EX - Exotic Top Option:
Premium Quilt Maple
Spalt Maple
Premium Buckeye Burl
Walnut Burl
Redwood Burl
COLOR OPTIONS: Numerous - See the Available Finishes Page to learn about the rainbow of options available.
FINISH OPTIONS: Matte Polyurethane (stock finish option)

Additional Finish Options:
Clear High Gloss
CLICK FOR FINISH SAMPLES
 
HARDWARE
COLOR: Gold
BRIDGE: SPECTOR® USA Soild Brass Locking Bridge™
BRIDGE HEX KEY SIZE: 2mm
TUNERS: Gotoh® GB7™
STRAP BUTTON: Dunlop® Dual Design™
OPTIONS: - HIPSHOT® Xtender™ De-Tuner
- Black Hardware
- Chrome Hardware
   
ELECTRONICS
TONE CIRCUIT: SPECTOR® USA Tone Circuit™
CIRCUIT TYPE: Active - 2-Band
CIRCUIT VOLTAGE: 18-Volt
BRIDGE PICKUP: EMG® 40DC™
NECK PICKUP: EMG® 40DC™
PICKUP TYPE: Active
 
WARRANTY INFORMATION
Limited Lifetime Warranty
to the Original Owner
Our Europe Series™ and USA Series™ instruments come with a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship to the original purchaser.  The instrument must be purchased from an authorized SPECTOR® dealer and the owner must provide proof of purchase time of
warranty claim.
 
NECK MEASUREMENTS
NS-5XL™ Neck Measurements
Fingerboard Width Neck Thickness
Nut 12th 24th 1st 12th
1.81 in. 2.44 in. 2.79 in. 0.89 in. 1.02 in.
Each of our USA Series™ basses is made by hand. Variations in neck thickness can occur as part of the hand-shaping process.

*Please note that due to the shaping of the neck as it connects to the headstock (volute) the first fret measurements may seem large.  So in these instances we have included the measurements from the second fret to provide a better sense of the neck's true thickness.
 

CLICK HERE TO SEE AVAILABLE FINISHES
Shown with Premium Tube Quilt Maple body (EX Body Option) and optional High Gloss Finish.

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