Originally Posted by Markus
And China. Basically you can't go wrong with any of them, so long as it's not one of the Chinese ones.
That gruff, aggressive, muscular tone comes from two soapboar EMG's both wide open. Those are only EMG HZ's on that bass. If you go full-fat EMG 35DC you'll be in heaven.
Personally I hate preamps on basses. I'm Really simple when it comes to tone. I don't want anything to fuck with me, or for me to get option-paralysis and never actually settle on anything (I'm bad enough with swapping pickups!) so I've got no real opinion on the preamp end of things... I did have a Spector Legend 4 Classic after that orange one (which is the predecessor to the NS2000 range, same spec, made in Korea etc) which came with a TonePumpJr preamp. It was good. Everything on 10 was super aggressive and spanky, but when A/Bing it with recordings done with that orange NS2000 I way preferred just the natural tone of the EMG HZ's.
If I had serious money to throw at a bass, I'd get this - Euro4LX-TW