NS Design’s double basses have become popular with many bluegrass bassists for their terrific sound, comfort, and portability. The International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee brings together some of the most talented Bluegrass players in the world, and we’re pleased that many of these folks have chosen our instruments. Reed Jones […]
NS Design is pleased to announce the new NXT-series electric violin. The NXT violin opens up a new horizon for the serious musician seeking to play a world-class electric violin on a limited budget. These new instruments, crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of NS Design’s renowned CR series, exemplify flawless workmanship at […]
From an unlikely start, NS bassist Adam Frederick has achieved great success. When he was nine years old, Adam broke both his arms, and doctors said he’d never use them normally. He spent five weeks in bed listening to Herbie Hancock’s “Thrust” and decided he wanted to play the bass. Fast forward a few years […]
NS Design is delighted to “officially” welcome Charles Yang to the roster of NS endorsers. Charles, who just graduated from Juilliard, has made a big name for himself in a short time, and it’s not hard to see why. Check out this video of his performance (on the CR-4 violin) at the Caramoor Festival this […]
After an eleven year wait, Les Claypool and band Primus have rewarded their fans with a new recording. Green Naugahyde, to be released on September 13th, will kick off a fast-paced tour across the U.S., with Les and his CR5M double bass front and center! Here’s the full story: Primus is excited to announce a […]
New to the NS Design Artist roster: violinist Alan Grubner. Alan has become prominent both as a performer and music educator, appearing in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and London’s Symphony Hall to The Blue Note, Birdland, Iridium and the 92nd Street Y, and holding an adjuct professorship of violin and improvisation studies […]
Vermont-based cellist Monique Citro just wrote us to say how much she loves performing with her NXT Cello. We’re psyched to have artists like Monique reaping the benefits of electric strings with our instruments! Have a look at her website, http://citrocello.com. Hello! I just wanted to let you know how much I am LOVING and […]
NS Design founder Ned Steinberger’s early instrument design innovations manifested with his headless Steinberger guitar, and his work is continuing to bring exciting innovations to the market. His latest is the NS Mini Headstock Tuner, manufactured and sold by D’Addario’s Planet Waves division. Small, lightweight, and visually unobtrusive, it received “Best in Show” recognition at […]
Charles Yang has done it again! “Make You Feel My Love”—one of the great Dylan songs—on the CR Violin. Brilliant arranging, playing, engineering! Watch!!
“Imaginative…otherworldly” violinist Adam Baldych has exploded onto the international jazz scene, fast becoming one of the hottest players in the genre on both acoustic and electric violin. Born in Poland in 1986, Adam began touring internationally at age 16 and trained at the University of Music in Katowice, Poland, and at the Berklee College of […]
Featuring 101 musicians from 33 different countries, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra gathers once a year at the Sydney Opera House, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. (Read all about it at http://www.youtube.com/user/symphony) A week of rehearsals culminates in a live performance streamed on YouTube. This year, it attracted 33,000,000 viewers! Bassist John Burgess performed […]
NS Design’s 2011 catalog is now available for download as a PDF: NS Design’s 2011 Product Catalog (Of course, you’ll need Adobe Reader, or something like it.)
Charles Yang just sent us his cover of “Billie Jean”… on the CR-4 violin. Totally awesome! Charles graduates from Juilliard this year… watch out world!
Music educators across the country are discovering that electric stringed instruments offer a new, powerful way to engage young musicians. As the string education community has begun to embrace what it terms “alternative styles”—including jazz, rock, and many kinds of fiddling and world music—electric string instruments are attracting attention for their ability to play amplified […]
NS Bass player Tony Levin has just announced that he’ll be hosting a summer music camp, along with King Crimson members Adrian Belew and Pat Mastelotto. It will be held August 22 through 26th, at Full Moon Resort in the Catskills of NY State. To find out all about it, go to: http://www.threeofaperfectpair.com/
NS Design had a wonderful showing at the 2011 NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center, January 13th – 16th in Anaheim California. From new NS Artists dropping by the booth to longtime NS endorsees showing their support, this show demonstrated the passionate following NS Design’s instruments enjoy. Reknowned bassist and NS CR4 Omni Bass […]
NS Bassist Tony Cimorosi and singer Saundra Silliman have been working on a beautiful bass/voice collaboration. Tony shared this video of them performing “Summertime” together.
NS Bassist Robbie Malone and his CR-4 Double Bass got some bigtime airtime last night on the Ellen Degeneris show. Robbie plays with David Gray, a show favorite. They stopped by the show to perform David’s latest single, “Only the Wine”. Check it out!
NS Design is pleased to announce that a five-string version of the popular NS WAV series electric violin is now available from dealers. Building on the same world-class design and workmanship of the original four-string WAV, the WAV5 brings the extended range of the five-string violin to market at an incredible value. Since its introduction […]
Writing in the July issue of DownBeat Magazine, reviewer Jon Paul has high praise for our NXT-5 upright bass: With the NXT5, NS design has improved upon an already successful model. With high quality Czech workmanship and better woods, this bass is still a bargain, going for only $300–$400 more than the WAV. Nothing can […]
Jennifer and Jonathan Adams of Montana Skies create a “new acoustic” sound with their pairing of six-string electric cello and Spanish/classical guitar. These award winning musicians delve into music from Pink Floyd and Rush to Vivaldi, House of the Rising Sun, and Bach, as well as their own originals that have been featured everywhere from […]
The NS team had a great time at the 2010 Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany. The show provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with current and potential customers and distributors in Europe. Visitors to the booth were particularly interested in the NXT and the Omni Bass, as well as the prototype of the WAV-5 violin (more […]