I'm in the market for a bass, but on the cheap. I am curious if the cheaper Spector basses still have that grindy tone or is the magic is all in the preamp the more expensive ones use?
Trying to achieve something like this, grindy but with a big low end. Open to non-Spector suggestions. Would like to keep it in the $350 range if possible, and I will likely be buying used if possible.
A lot of the classic Spector tone is in the preamp, which is the Hazlab preamp. It's only found on their USA models or some of the cheaper '80s Spector models such as the NS-2A or NS-2B. You can also find them on some Kramer basses.
As for Inez, he uses a Warwick Streamer with EMG pickups. Not sure about the preamp. it also helps to be able to blend your distortion and clean signal, so you can have the dirt doing it's thing and get grindy without getting too muddy, and let the clean low end provide the thump. Inez uses a BDDI for this. I also think he uses an MXR M-80. Not sure which he uses there, though.