Spector NS Pulse II review

One of the bass world’s most popular shapes returns with EMG pickups and a premium finish, and is priced for the jobbing bassist

Spector NS Pulse II basses
(Image: © Spector)

Guitar World Verdict

The NS Pulse II is a potent and exceedingly well-crafted instrument that more than justifies its midrange price tag. We recommend it.


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    Sturdy construction.

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    Powerful pickups.


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    Two-channel preamp requires more precision than a three-band EQ.

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Spector’s first bass guitar, the NS-1, made its earthly debut in March 1977, and two years later, the NS-2 arrived. 

Over the ensuing decades, the classic NS design has withstood any need for enhancement: Its sleek, ergonomically-efficient shape has proven immensely popular among players looking to harness the power and versatility of the OG model both on stage and in the studio. 

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