• Guitar and Bass Magazine honors the RADIUS

    NS Design’s CR5 Radius Bass Guitar receives Guitar and Bass magazine UK: December 2014 Cover Story Gear of the Year – Winner Guitar Awards 2014 Bass Guitar Over £1000.

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    There are very few people who deserve a place at the top table of bass design – the game-changers, the designers and the inspired individuals whose innovations became globally accepted as standard – but Ned Steinberger is definitely one of them.  The man who gave us that iconic, headless and wood-free wonder the L-2 is once again exploring the solidbody bass guitar.  While the L-2’s minimal form gave traditionalists an easy target, the Radius is a different kettle of fish.  It’s still headless, sure, but the sleek, curvaceous, double-cutaway maple body has a sumptuous flamed maple top that gives it a new high-end classiness.  The three pickup setting and polar piezo combinations are going to give a lot of variation, and it’s especially interesting to combine each magnetic setting with its piezo blend version.

     

    In twin pickup mode the Radius is big and brash with a solid bottom end, a slightly snarly midrange and highs that are bright and zingy, if a little high-mid biased.  Blending in the Polar pickup sanitises the sound;  the definition is still excellent but now the tone has lost the zingy high-mid sheen – a nicely even, controlled setting for pop exploits.  NS took plenty of time putting the CR5 together and not a single millisecond has been wasted.  It’s a wonderful instrument that manages to look cooler than a headless bass has any right to and piezo/ magnetic mixture produces effectively three basses:  a bit of an animal with the magnetics, more polite and refined with the blended, or earthy and thudding in piezo mode.  The isn’t super-slim but it’s very comfortable and contributes  to the feeling of a bass that demands to be played, while the self-clamping tuning system is fantastic.  Of course, the £2000-plus price tag is up in the professional echelon, but we think it’s worth every penny.

  • NS-CR RADIUS Bass Guitar review in Bass Player Magazine.

     

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    By Ed Friedland

    While few dispute Leo Fender being hailed as the father of electric bass as we know it, Ned Steinberger may well be the father of electric bass as we never imagined it. His very first collaboration with Stuart Spector in the mid 1970s produced the iconic Spector NS-1 bass, and in the years that followed, his innovative designs literally changed the shape of electric bass with a focus on ergonomics, outside-the-box materials, and improved function. The Steinberger L2 bass (introduced in 1979) was revolutionary in concept, technology, and design; the headless, graphite axe with a minimalist body found its way into the hands of pioneering players like Tony Levin, Andy West, Bill Wyman, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma. The L2 spawned a myriad of imitators and has become a defining image of the 1980s music scene.

     

    Read more at:  http://bassplayer.com/basses/1165/ns-design-ns-cr-radius-bass-reviewed/31135