A New Look For Spector

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PRESS RELEASE: Brooklyn native Stuart Spector famously designed his first instrument in 1976, beginning a revolution that would change the music world forever. In the years that followed, Spector Basses have been used to hold down the low-end on the world’s biggest stages. Now, nearly 40 years later, Spector is proud to introduce the latest additions to the Spector lineup including two new Bass models, several new finishes to their Legend line, and extended pickup options. To celebrate the new releases, Spector is giving away four free Metallic Red Performer 4 basses via www.spectorbass.com.

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INTERVIEW: Kill Devil Hill’s Rex Brown

rexrocker With Pantera, Rex Brown has created a legacy which serves as a sort of ‘how to’ on heavy metal bass playing. His heavy attack and his ability to simultaneously lock in with Dimebag Darrell’s guitar and Vinne Paul’s drums is as good an education on playing bass in a heavy band that you’re ever gonna get. Rex further showcased his sense of groove and power during his long tenure with Down, but it’s with his new band Kill Devil Hill that he really gets to shine as a bass player – without even trying. Rex’s playing in KDH is no Billy Sheehan-esque shredfest: rather it’s a tour de force of playing perfectly in the pocket and yet never being lost within the mix or underneath the arrangement. And with material that bobs and weaves through hard rock, heavy metal and grunge and even something close to blues-rock, Kill Devil Hill calls on Rex to be more musically flexible than ever while still maintaining his own musical voice. Kill Devil Hill are touring Australia in April with Killswitch Engage (read my interview with KSE’s Joel Stroetzel here).  Read More …

REVIEW: Spector Coda 4 & Coda 5 basses

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.

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