Stuart Spector has been crafting high-end basses since the ’70s. He diversified his product line in the ’80s with an affordable Korean-made series, whose latest offering is the Legend5 Neck-Thru, a slick 5-string offering loaded with Aguilar electronics.
The Legend5 Neck-Thru’s boutique looks belie its $1,400 price tag. The maple body wings of our tester were topped with a bubinga veneer. Players who prefer natural looks will most likely dig the attractive figuring and satiny feel. (The Legend Neck-Thru is also offered in a faded blue-gloss finish over a figured-maple top.)
Between the wings is a 3-piece maple neck stiffened by graphite rods and topped with a rosewood fretboard. While Spector has historically relied on his own and EMG for electronics, he chose to equip the Legend5 Neck-Thru with DCB humbuckers and an OBP-2 preamp from Aguilar.
Playing the instrument immediately reveals the quality of Spector’s craftsmanship. Whether playing seated or strapped, the body balances almost perfectly. Players accustomed to a traditional 34″-scale length may find the 35″-scale odd at first, but the extra inch greatly benefits the 5th string’s response.
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