Doug Wimbish USA Signature Series
Made in Woodstock, NY

Doug Wimbish USA Signature Series

Color Amber Stain Gloss

Available In


In its nearly 50-year history, the iconic Spector NS bass has been played by legendary bassists on countless recordings and stages. In the brand’s storied history, no bassist has become more synonymous with Spector than Doug Wimbish. Upon receiving his first Spector NS basses in 1987, Doug has employed these instruments on legendary recordings and performances with the likes of Living Colour, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Annie Lennox, Seal, Depeche Mode, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Madonna, and many, many more. 

Now, Spector’s USA Custom Shop is proud to debut the Doug Wimbish USA Signature Series. The collection includes a four-string model, the DW-4, and a 5-string model, the DW-5. Each model has been carefully specified to match the unique properties of Doug’s vintage instruments including unique neck carves, nut widths, pickup locations, and even custom-wound EMG pickups that have been voiced alongside the pickups in Doug’s 1987 Spector instruments.

Experience the sound and feel that inspired Doug’s signature style with the new DW-4 and DW-5 models from the Spector USA Custom Shop.

"Spector took the time to get every little nuance right and that to me is dedication and being thoughtful enough to know “I want to nail it” and you did. I’m able to pick these instruments up for the first time and play them like I’ve already had them for years.”

- Doug Wimbish

Custom Neck Profiles

In the early days, Doug and Stuart went back and forth numerous times, shaving down the neck until it felt just right. In a true one-to-one recreation, the necks of the DW-4 and DW-5 feature the exact same profiles and thicknesses found on Doug's '87 basses. These are the fastest-playing Spector necks yet!

Signature EMG Pickups

These models feature custom EMG pickups meticulously wound to match Doug's '87 spec. These pickups not only offer the vintage EMG tone that Spector fans have come to know and love, but also feature the period-correct EMG logo from the late 80's. These pickups are found exclusively on the Spector DW-4 and DW-5.

Unique Headstock

Doug's 5-string bass was the ninth 5-string bass that Spector ever built. At that time, the headstock design was still being refined into what we know today. We've opted to keep this unique design in an effort to offer the most accurate recreation possible. This headstock shape is available exclusively on the Spector DW-5.

Timeless Beauty

Over the years, the finish on Doug's 5-string has evolved from a brilliant Dark Blue Stain Gloss to today's Faded Natural Gloss. With the DW-5, players can select either the original '87 Dark Blue Stain Gloss or the current aged Faded Natural Gloss finish.


Crafting the Sound: Doug Wimbish Unveils His USA Signature Series Spector Basses

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Doug Wimbish USA Signature Series


Body & Construction

Top Wood North American High Grade Quilted Maple
Back Wood North American Plain Maple


Neck Wood 3-Piece Hard Rock Maple
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Number Of Frets 24
Inlays Signature Crowns - Mother Of Pearl
Nut Brass
Nut Width 1.5" (4-string); 1.75" (5-string)
Scale 34" (4-string and 5-string)

Pickups & Electronics

Controls Master Volume, Pickup Blend, Bass Cut/Boost, Treble Cut/Boost
Pickups EMG DW Signature
Pickup Configuration EMG DW P/J Set (4-string); EMG DW J/J Set (5-string)
Preamp System Spector HAZ 9V


Hardware Gold
Bridge Brass
Tuners Spector Branded Gotoh Tuners


Finish Amber Stain Gloss, Black Stain Gloss (4-string); Dark Blue Stain Gloss, Faded Natural Gloss (5-string)
Strings Rotosound Stainless Steel Swing Bass 66 Hybrid Set w/ .120 on B-String (5-string)
Additional Info Custom DW Neck Profiles on Each Model; 19mm String Spacing (4-string), 17mm String Spacing (5-string).