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Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass Black Cherry

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The Legend Classic features the NS rounded body style in basswood with a gorgeous quilted maple top. The neck is a bolt-on, 3-piece rock maple with a...Click To Read More About This Product

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A deluxe bass and surprisingly affordable.

The Legend Classic features the NS rounded body style in basswood with a gorgeous quilted maple top. The neck is a bolt-on, 3-piece rock maple with a rosewood fingerboard. It is equipped with USA-made EMG-SSD pickups and the Spector Tone Pump Jr. preamp with 2-band active EQ. Deluxe black hardware.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
NS body
Quilted maple top
3-piece rock maple bolt-on neck
34" scale
24-fret rosewood fingerboard
Deluxe cast bridge
Black hardware
High-impedance, passive, USA EMG-SSD pickups
Spector Tone Pump Jr.
2 -band active tone circuit

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SpectorLegend Classic 4-String Bass
 
4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

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Great Quality and Sound

Outstanding quality on this bass. Was set up well out of the box, looks and sounds great. Fretwork was nicely done, no sharp edges. Body is smaller then I expected but I...Read complete review

Outstanding quality on this bass. Was set up well out of the box, looks and sounds great. Fretwork was nicely done, no sharp edges. Body is smaller then I expected but I am a big guy and it feels great to play. Not a toothpick neck, but not a baseball bat either, great middle of the road. Neck back is a satin finish, smooth but not a thick lacquer. The body is curved to fit your body, it is really comfortable.

Sounds great, pickups are pretty hot so may take a little getting used to. Made in Korea. Pickups are branded "SSD" which are Spector made using an EMG spec with some tweaks. They would be very easy to upgrade to various EMG soap-bars in the future if one wishes.

Finish is beautiful, I got the Slate Grey. It does not look like the picture, it is much darker, almost black with the gray. The picture makes it look brownish, but it looks nothing like that.

I felt the strings were garbage and I replaced them immediately.

I purchased this based on the outstanding reputation of Spector. It made me a believer.

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Solid player, needs pup/pre upgrade

This bass plays well. Feels good in the hands. It has a C shaped neck with tight string spacing. The frets are pretty level and the neck is good and straight. No buzzing...Read complete review

This bass plays well. Feels good in the hands. It has a C shaped neck with tight string spacing. The frets are pretty level and the neck is good and straight. No buzzing with the action set medium and digging in fingerstyle. The body shape and contouring make for comfortable playing, strapped on or over the knee. Weight is average.

Playing unplugged it sounds a bit nasal, and has ok sustain.

Plugged in: First thing I noticed is that the volumes on mine don't kick on until about an 8th turn, and they don't fade in from silence, they come on partway up the volume scale. I don't know if this is the case with all of these models, but searching for an answer I found other people reporting the same issue.

The blend of the two pickups does yield a good variety of tones. unfortunately, they are all a bit scooped and it sounds like something is missing. The bass and treble are spoken of as "boost only" but if you look at the specs, all the way down is a 4db cut. from center position, (roughly, no detents) the preamp is voiced enough that it doesn't sound passive, so I wouldn't call it transparent by any stretch. With the treble all the way cut and the bass boosted enough to drown out the sibilance, it sounds muddy.

Playing overdriven bar rock through a big cabinet in a room with bad accoustics, it sounds as good as anything else, and it's comfortable/ergonomic, and looks cool, so what the hell.

I picked this bass up because I heard so many good things about Spector from online sources. Maybe the hype is accurate for the NS/Euro/USA lines, but not for these. In a nutshell, the build quality is excellent, but the electronics are subpar.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blew me away!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

I went to a music store to try out some basses in the 500-600 range. I went originally looking for a good Ibanez, but when I saw this bass I tried it out first. I immediately loved the tone of it, compared its low and high end to other basses and they couldn't even come close! I bought it on the spot. Its a really great bass, and its sound is more "polished" going into the amp and doesn't need excessive amounts of EQ. Its low end is deep and round, and doesn't sound muddy like other basses in its range. I wish there was a more versatile EQ on the bass itself, but its sound makes up for it. It plays really well, and its harmonics are clear. I dont think I'll need another 4-string bass for a LONG time. Amazing value!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Quality and Sound

By Sidewinder

from South Jersey

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

    Outstanding quality on this bass. Was set up well out of the box, looks and sounds great. Fretwork was nicely done, no sharp edges. Body is smaller then I expected but I am a big guy and it feels great to play. Not a toothpick neck, but not a baseball bat either, great middle of the road. Neck back is a satin finish, smooth but not a thick lacquer. The body is curved to fit your body, it is really comfortable.

    Sounds great, pickups are pretty hot so may take a little getting used to. Made in Korea. Pickups are branded "SSD" which are Spector made using an EMG spec with some tweaks. They would be very easy to upgrade to various EMG soap-bars in the future if one wishes.

    Finish is beautiful, I got the Slate Grey. It does not look like the picture, it is much darker, almost black with the gray. The picture makes it look brownish, but it looks nothing like that.

    I felt the strings were garbage and I replaced them immediately.

    I purchased this based on the outstanding reputation of Spector. It made me a believer.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Solid player, needs pup/pre upgrade

    By Maz

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Feel
    • well built

    Cons

    • Cheap Preamp
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Volume Issues

    Best Uses

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      This bass plays well. Feels good in the hands. It has a C shaped neck with tight string spacing. The frets are pretty level and the neck is good and straight. No buzzing with the action set medium and digging in fingerstyle. The body shape and contouring make for comfortable playing, strapped on or over the knee. Weight is average.

      Playing unplugged it sounds a bit nasal, and has ok sustain.

      Plugged in: First thing I noticed is that the volumes on mine don't kick on until about an 8th turn, and they don't fade in from silence, they come on partway up the volume scale. I don't know if this is the case with all of these models, but searching for an answer I found other people reporting the same issue.

      The blend of the two pickups does yield a good variety of tones. unfortunately, they are all a bit scooped and it sounds like something is missing. The bass and treble are spoken of as "boost only" but if you look at the specs, all the way down is a 4db cut. from center position, (roughly, no detents) the preamp is voiced enough that it doesn't sound passive, so I wouldn't call it transparent by any stretch. With the treble all the way cut and the bass boosted enough to drown out the sibilance, it sounds muddy.

      Playing overdriven bar rock through a big cabinet in a room with bad accoustics, it sounds as good as anything else, and it's comfortable/ergonomic, and looks cool, so what the hell.

      I picked this bass up because I heard so many good things about Spector from online sources. Maybe the hype is accurate for the NS/Euro/USA lines, but not for these. In a nutshell, the build quality is excellent, but the electronics are subpar.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect 1st or 2nd Bass

      By William Colsher

      from Philadelphia

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      Wonderful upgrade bass. For weekend giggers, church group musicians and the like it's probably the last bass you'll buy.
      A bass doesn't need much in the way of features. As a guitar player I'd have liked a pickup selector switch, but it's not hard to get used to independent volume controls.
      Flawless Korean construction. You may see some reviews from a few years back that indicate some issues with electronics. I'm pretty sure those glitches have been long since solved. The Slate Grey finish is considerably darker than the advertising pictures would indicate. The top is darn nice for the price.
      Even at the regular street price this Spector is a good deal. The only downside is it doesn't come with a gig bag or case.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Versatile high-quality bass

      By Bass Lad

      from Boston, MA

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      I only write reviews for products that I either love or hate. With this bass, it's the former. I bought this bass 5 years ago as an upgrade to my Squier J-bass and have never looked back since. I have used this baby for both recording and live performance and it never disappoints. The tuners are high-quality and strings rarely need re-tuning, the bass' body is curvy and sits nicely on my belly, but most importantly, you can have all types of tones you want using the EMG pickups and on-board EQ adjustments. From deep low boom, attacking mids, to twangy highs, you name it. This is by far the best 4 string bass I have ever played for the price range. In fact, forget about the price range, this bass is really high quality and versatile. My only complaints are: 1. out of the box, the action was a bit high and the frets need some polishing. But, many new basses need some set up anyway. 2. in agreement with previous reviewers, the electronic sound overwhelms the wood sound. 3. again, as other reviewer commented there is no master volume knob, so you have to adjust the volume of the neck and bridge pickups independently. Nevertheless, these are things that you can work with. In short, give this bass a try and you'll love it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing sounding, great EQ.

      By Big Daddy Tink

      from Almost Canada, New York

      About Me Experienced

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      An amazing bass, nothing better than the Tone-pump EQ. I've played many basses, owned many. Played through old Ampeg's and newer Mesa's. This bass sounds amazing on all amps. My favorite EQ, it's so hard to find a bass with individual pickup volume. I've heard some people put down the fact that it has individual pickup volumes, I find it be a great tone shaper, dial back the neck volume just a hair and it becomes a very gritty tone, with great lows, and bright highs. Perfect for playing death metal. Neck is very fast, the locking bridge is also a nice addition to a great bass.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      amazing bass. amazingly low price

      By cootsybollins2112

      from Maryland

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      This bass is worth easily twice as much as it is listed for. The action is amazing right out of the box and easily adjustableif you dont like it. The emg's sound amazing and the active tone controls give you just about any sound you want. You can have clear resonant highs and booming dark lows at the same time with a few turns of a knob. My only issue with the bass is possible feedback. T play through an ampeg ba115 usually and if the treble past 5-6 gives a huge buzz through the tweeter. perhaps its the amp, but its not a big deal. You can just turn the treble down on the bass or amp and its problem solved. I got mine discounted because it was christmas time and the factory messed up on the flamed maple top. I own the "slate grey" but its basically black with EXTREMELY subtle grey stripes. BUY THIS BASS

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Bass of all Basses

      By Kelso

      from Exton, PA

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      I don't have this exact bass. I have the N2000 which was discontinued in 2003 but man this is quite possibly the sickest bass on the planet for not spending thounsdands of dollars. This thing will punch out any tone you want and the body is quite possibly the most comfortable thing you'll ever wear. This bass I just flat out amazing. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who can afford it!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent Bass

      By lizardking

      from Earth

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      This is an excellent intermediate bass. it's a good step up from a crappy fender P-bass. You can pretty much get any sound you want from this bass thanks to the big EMG pickups. I'd suggest this bass to anyone who is joining band and wants a really good bass, with a stonger mid-range than a fender.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Beginner Bass

      By Gearmond

      from Cleveland, OH

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      Originally a Schecter was my first choice as my second bass, but then I played one of these and was totally fixed on it. The neck is fairly thick, but still plays fast, and has a nice profile and weight to it. The satin finish plays like silk; there is NO friction. Since its rock maple, its obscenely solid and rigid, so it seldom needs adjusting. Solid astymmetrical 5-bolt too.Electronics (EMG SSD, basically EMG Hzs but something tweaked specifically for Spector + TonePump Jr. preamp) wonderful pickups that get any tone you want if you fiddle with your amp's EQ. I find that the Spector's preamp is more balanced than the Schecter's so you won't find yourself always having to fight for say a good fingerstyle tone without it getting too squonky. But most importantly for me, the harmonics are wonderful and shine through nearly as loud as a regular note without any compression added. One other thing that I've found with a lot of Spectors is that the bottom end is just so well defined. It's not muddy, but it doesn't sound like you rolled off all the bass. This even holds true on this bass. Though I WOULD like a 3-band onboard EQ, seeing as you can buy an instrument with one in the same price range, but thats just me being in the habit of keeping my amp's EQ the same.Spector's curved bodystyle is an absolute pleasure to play, as it somehow makes the body feel half as light, at least when sitting. Some people find it a bit quirky, but I can't think of any ergonomically designed body I prefer. The maple top is absolutely gorgeous, and if I recall, uses the same lumber from their Euro-series (also applicable to the neck) despite being assembled in Indonesia.I think the only legitimate flaw would be that like a lot of basses in this price rage, the electronics speak more than the wood; which is really more applicable to ALL basses in this price range.This thing is an absolute bargain too. The only way you MIGHT get a better deal, is if you find something used. Otherwise, if this is your first bass, expect to use it for a long time. You won't want to replace it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing bass

      By Spector4life

      from Manchester NH

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      This is by far one of the best basses I've ever played. I have never had it set up. Out of the box it had the best action I've ever seen. I've played basses that cost three times as much and they don't compare. If you buy this bass you will not be dissapointed.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Best Bass in it's price range

      By Maxman

      from Thunder Bay, ON

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      I purchased the bass after trying several in local shops. For the price, you can't beat the quality. I am able to get any tone i need from heavy rock bass to smooth jazzy tones. I gave the quality a 4.5 because i don't like the strings that the factory installed. the best factory strings i've found were on the Peaveys. Should i ever purchase another bass, it will be a Spector.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Astonishing for the $$$

      By ILoveLowNotes

      from Las Vegas

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      The low action and fast neck is almost like cheating; it a very playable instrument. The sound is awesome if you're ok with it sounding completely different a Fender or Musicman. On this bass, the sound begins and ends with the strings.Features: You dial in the pickup volumes separately, no master volume (- 1/2 point).Quality: The insides of my tuners rattle/in general, the tuners while adequate, do show signs of being cheap in general (- 1/2 point).While you may never need to upgrade, this instrument will give you the playability of much more expensive bases at a starter price. Danger: this is a gateway drug to the more expensive Spectors which are just spectacular.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT BASS!!!!

      By Alby301

      from marietta, oh.

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      i just got this bass in the black cherry and it is truly a beautiful instrument. i've always wanted a spector and thought i was just settleing for this because of the price. until i plugged in and played it. it is by far the best bass i've ever played and sounds incredible through my hartke combo. the action was perfect right from the store and the neck is smooth and very fast. with the emg pickups and easy adjustability you can get any tone you need from this bass. i definetly got alot more than i paid for when i got this bass and i could'nt be happier.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Bass

      By Rockman Thumper

      from St. Louis, Mo.

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      I absolutely love this bass! Mine is Black Cherry, and the color and the quilted top make this a beautiful instrument. The tone and the feel, the bottom end, everything about it makes it a really nice bass. It's a pleasure to play, honestly. I've been wanting a Spector 4 string for a few years, and now that I have one I'm really happy that I finally have it. This is a real thumper. The EMG-SSD pickups sound great. I have a Fender 'Geddy Lee' Jazz Bass as well and can tell you that the tone on the Spector is much better. Yes, I know, passive electronics vs. active electronics, but it's nice to have a bass with some attitude!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great sounding and affordable Spector

      By Sarsippius787

      from Dorado PR

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      I wanted to lay to rest my Hamer Cruisebass and needed a replacement, so this bass was my first choice. I am very satisfied. You can't go wrong with all the features for it's price. Many people say that these basses are a gateway to the more expensive Spectors. And it's very true. The bass has a very bright output, so it really cuts whether you play slap bass, pick or fingerstyle. Of course you can work the tone down, and it still cuts through. I gave a 4.5 just because I had to make some adjustments to the truss rod and bridge. Other than that, the bass was ready to gig out of the box!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing bass...

      By Celired-O2gdc

      from Houston, TX

      Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

      I've owned this bass for about a year, and I have to say it beats many other basses I've played, a lot of them being more expensive. The EMG Pickups that come with it have great tone, giving me pretty much any sound I want. The highs are great, and the lows are awesome, I can always feel what I'm playing. I can't remember what strings came with the bass because a friend gave it to me, so I bought some Rotosound RS66LD strings and wow, it sounded perfect. I've always liked thicker bass strings, so they fit me perfectly. Slapping sounds really good on this bass, especially if you have your favorite strings. This bass is worth every penny, even though it's one of the cheaper Spector basses, go ahead and don't hesitate to buy it. The neck is very comfortable to play with, it has great slapping potential, any style you play this bass can handle it. Worth every penny.

      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not recommended

      By Kinh

      from Perth Australia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

        This bass is not great in terms of tone. Yes theres diversity but there's just not enough bite or grunt to be considered for anything other than Jazz/soul...maybe. If you want a funk/slap tone do not under any circumstanes buy this. If the bridge pickup surpasses 3 there will be mud and lots of it when you slap, the tone wont be crisp enough and it will distort. If you want to use it for funk you'd need to replace the pickups and spend an extra 200 so you might as well save up and buy a Pbass special. As mentioned, there's no growl so not a good idea for rock and sounds terrible picked. The best use would be as a neo-soul bass with flat strings as rounds sound duller than other basses. But it looks great and can be customized with EMG pickups later if you chose but as a beginner bass, you could go for something like an Ibanez 300 which sounds amazing slapped, has far more punch and is 300 less.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a great instrument

        By Celtic Frosted Flakes

        from Mass

        Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

        Spector is a great brand of basses, I've always found their products to be quality, and I just got one of these babies in black cherry as an early Christmas gift. I have to say, I've never been happier with an instrument, and I will always stand by Spector.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AWSOME

        By basscrazy234

        from tennessee

        Comments about Spector Legend Classic 4-String Bass:

        i just got this bass and i am amazed by it. given, i might not be the best person to review this since i replaced a squire with it so its automaticly better that what ive had. im a pretty new bassist and im blown away by the sound quality and looks of this bass. if u have a low price range but want a better bass, this is for you.

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