Rocking the professional features that have made Spector basses coveted by top bassists worldwide for over four decades, the Spector NS Pulse 5 gives you a sleekly sculpted body carved from solid swamp ash for a bright, deep, punchy, and authoritative tone. Topping the body is exquisite quilt maple, adding more than a dash of visual elegance while giving your sound a touch of brightness. The fast 3-piece roasted maple is topped by a silky-smooth 24-fret Macassar ebony fingerboard. Spec’d with premium EMG 40DC pickups as well as the acclaimed Spector TonePump Jr. active preamp system, the NS Pulse 5 is a high-performance instrument that delivers the tone, playability, versatility, and sophisticated visuals today’s bass players demand.
The NS Pulse 5 holds down the low end in style, largely thanks to a pair of EMG 40DC humbuckers. These ultra-powerful pickups are praised for their noise-free performance, low-end output, and wide-open tone, making them ideal for heavier genres while fully capable of handling softer styles when dialed back. Mix these with the onboard active preamp, and EMG 40DC humbuckers provide a massive array of tone-shaping options, from full and round to treble-enhanced “zing” and beyond.
The NS Pulse 5 includes Spector’s TonePump JR active preamp. This preamp employs JFET-based circuitry rather than op-amps, which yields many tube-like characteristics. When you overdrive an op-amp (something that happens at the peak of nearly every note you play), it clips and needs a moment to recover. This results in a perceptible tone loss. Like tubes, the TonePump’s JFET-based circuitry doesn’t do this. Rather, it softly distorts, producing a second harmonic that fuses seamlessly into your note. Beyond that, the signal right after the peak comes through loud and clear — no recovery time required. We’re really impressed with the clarity of this preamp — it makes a world of difference!
Drawing upon decades of industry-leading design, Spector’s Euro Series basses are handcrafted using the finest tonewoods and components. A production version of the renowned Spector NS bass, the NS Pulse 5 boasts high-end features such as powerful EMG pickups and premium active electronics. Decked out in stellar finishes across the entire line, the NS Pulse 5 continues the tradition of quality and innovation started by Stuart Spector in 1976.
- Sleekly sculpted, comfortable swamp ash body lays a rock-solid tonal foundation
- Stunning quilt maple top adds visual elegance and sonic brightness
- Roasted maple neck capped with Macassar ebony feels supremely comfortable in the hands
- EMG 40DC active humbuckers bring the thunder without unwanted noise
- Spector TonePump Jr. active preamp
- Spector locking bridge and graphite nut; sealed die-cast tuning machines keep everything sounding pitch-perfect