Stuart Spector is a legend in the bass world. His instruments have provided the backbone to bands like Metallica (Jason Newstead was a particularly visible Spector user in the early 90s) and Living Colour (Doug Wimbish), and Spector designs have often been imitated. The ultra-deluxe Coda series is made by hand by the man himself and his small team in the USA, and unlike his more sleek models like the NS (which still looks sleekly futuristic over 30 years after its debut) the Coda pays tribute to an altogether more vintage aesthetic: the Jazz Bass.
I got my hands on both the Spector Coda 4 (4-string) and Coda 5 (5-string) basses. Each features a one-piece rock maple neck with a 20-fret Pau Ferro (Bolivian rosewood) fretboard featuring Spector’s 1962 neck shape; a lightweight alder body; Aguilar OBP-2 active tone circuits; two passive Aguilar J single coil pickups; Schaller tuners; Dunlop Dual Design strap pins; and 34″ scale lengths. The fretboard radius on each instrument is a curvy and comfortable 7.25″ and lined or unlined fretless fretboards are available at no additional charge. The Coda is available in four colours: creme, solid black, candy tangerine and metallic blue. I reviewed the Coda 4 in Candy Tangerine and the Coda 5 in solid black.