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Industry Luthiery
Founder(s) Stuart Spector
Headquarters Saugerties, NY, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Stuart Spector
Products Bass guitars

Spector (Stuart Spector Design, LTD.) is an American-based company that manufactures bass guitars and electric guitars, founded in 1974 by American luthier Stuart Spector. Spector's first few instruments were experiments in instrument design and craftsmanship facilitated by his desire to build an instrument for his own personal use. Over the next few years, the design and construction process was refined and in 1976, with the help of furniture designer Ned Steinberger, the company developed its most popular design, the NS-Bass (production started in 1977).

Guitar Series[edit]

Currently, Spector produces several bass guitar and electric guitar lines. The models produced by Spector:

  • Signature Artist Series basses - Copies of customized models that are used by musicians who play Spector instruments and they are produced in the USA, Czech Republic and Korea
  • USA Series Basses - Basses that are made by hand by Stuart Spector and other craftsmen in their New York workshop.
  • Europe Series Basses - Production versions of the hand-made USA Series basses manufactured in Czech Republic.
  • Korean-Professional Series Basses - Factory line basses manufactured in Korea.
  • USA Series Electric Guitars - Made by hand in the same New York workshop as the USA bass models, there are several models including bolt-on neck and set-neck designs.
  • Korean-Professional Series Electric Guitars - A production version of the USA Series ARC6 Electric Guitar model made in the same factory as the Korean-Professional bass models.


  • Vinny Fodera (founder of Fodera Fodera) was the first full-time employee of Spector Guitar Company, he was 17 years-old when he started working for Stuart Spector[citation needed].
  • Award Winning Instrument Designer Ned Steinberger also got his start designing instruments with Stuart Spector. The NS-Bass is named for Ned who created the design from an earlier model by Stuart called the SB-1[citation needed].
  • Stuart Spector developed the deep-pocket insert bolt-on neck design[citation needed].
  • The first 20 Ken Smith basses were built by Stuart Spector and Vinny Fodera at Spector's New York workshop while Ken Smith was getting his shop put together[citation needed].
  • The balanced, smaller body design of the NS-Bass with its curved and contoured body influenced multiple designers and guitar manufacturers including Warwick, Ibanez, Sukop and others[citation needed].

Artists who use Spector basses[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Jim Roberts (May 2003). American Basses (First ed.). Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-721-8. 
  • Tony Bacon, Barry Moorhouse (June 1995). The Bass Book. Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-368-9. 

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