Spector USA Instruments To Be Added to Smithsonian Museum Collection
PR – Spector Musical Instruments is deeply honored to announce that two Spector® USA made instruments will be added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (Click to view the BMM cover interview, Stuart Spector, 40 Years of Craftsmanship – Bass Musician Magazine, January 2016 Issue)
“To be included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. is an honor for Spector Musical Instruments,” shared Stuart Spector, President and Founder of Spector Instruments. “I started this journey 40 years ago in my small Brooklyn woodworking shop and have been blessed to have guitar and bass players around the world embrace my vision and create music with Spector. These instruments will be part of a collection that reflects the breadth, depth, and complexity of the experiences of America.”
The two instruments are the Spector® NS-2 ultra amberburst bass guitar and the Spector® Kenmare® semi-hollow body electric guitar.
Spector® NS-2 ultra amberburst bass guitar, originally designed for Spector® by Ned Steinberger in our old Brooklyn workshop in 1977. This is a neck through body instrument with a three ply hard maple neck and body wings made of highly figured quilted maple which is glued to our Helium® old growth redwood that has been reclaimed from 70 year old water tanks that sat atop NYC office buildings. It features EMG active pickups, a custom EQ tone circuit from HAZ Labs, and a custom gold plated bridge made by Hipshot Products. The pau ferro fretboard is ornamented with custom Spector Crown inlays supplied by Precision Pearl of Austin TX. Other hardware includes Gotoh gold plated tuning gears and Dunlop Dual Design locking strap buttons.
Spector® Kenmare® semi-hollow body electric guitar: the top of the body on this guitar is carved on the inside and outside from our Helium® reclaimed old growth water tank redwood. The back of the body is chambered and made from alder wood. The inlays represent in an art deco mode the NYC inspired origins of the guitar. The pickups are Lollar Imperial Humbuckers with lightly aged cover caps.
There will be an official ceremony at the museum later in the year with Spector Instruments as well as various musicians who have supported Spector over the years.