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).
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.
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.
Stuart Spector developed the deep-pocket insert bolt-on neck design.
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.
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.