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    The NS Electric Violin family brings together elegant design, extraordinary tone and superior performance versatility.  It includes the sophisticated CR Electric Violin with active electronics, the straight-ahead pro level NXTa Electric Violin featuring the new battery-free active output electronics, and our most affordable high performance WAV Electric Violin.

    Over the centuries of its evolution, one of the singular struggles for the violin maker and player alike has been to achieve more volume without sacrificing tone or playability. That need and desire has never been greater than in the present era, where the violinist frequently shares the stage with instruments designed for the plugged in world of amplifiers and high-powered sound reinforcement. The NS is, in every sense, designed for that very stage, but is equally well bred for life in the studio. Please explore and compare our amazing electric violin line-up and see which one fits your performance needs best.  Along the way, learn about the remarkable Polar™ Pickup System, the patented NS self-clamping tuning system, the adjustable height bridge, the malleable Custom Shoulder Rest, and other important features which distinguish the NS.

    After a long and tiresome search for the best sound on an electric violin, the moment I tried a NS violin, I knew my quest has come to an end. The flexibility of having a natural violin sound and with a simple switch of a button, to sound like an incredible electric guitar is worth gold. I have been using the violin a lot for the recording of the soundtrack for the documentary "Jealous of the Birds", which I am presently co-writing with academy award winner Hans Zimmer. And having just played it in a clubbing I even found out its an absolute chick-magnet - what else could you ask for?

    —Aleksey Igudesman

    I came across Ned Steinberger and his amazing instruments at the 2001 NAMM show in LA, and had to have one. I played this instrument a good deal with the SFU pipe band, including the live CD recording and concert at the Sydney Opera House. It has a built in preamp which creates an exemplary acoustic tone, as well as two other presets - electric and pizzicato, which are also unique to his instruments.

    —Anna Schaad

    I love playing the NS because of the warmth of its sound. It is as close to an acoustic instrument as I could wish to get. Not only this, but I can adjust the sound as I need. Also, it has incredible gain. Gone are the days when I can't be heard! Just an excellent, very necessary, piece of equipment for me.

    —Kersten Stevens

    Feature Comparison

    All NS Violins have:

    CR Series

    Electronics
    9-Volt Active, EMG™ onboard preamp

    Controls
    Rotary for Volume, Treble EQ, Bass EQ; 3-way toggle switch for Polar Pickup System and Electronics

    Weight
    720g

    Finish
    Flame maple, traditional Amber satin finish. Custom finish also available: Quilted Maple, Poplar Burl, Zebrawood, Slate Gray.

    Options
    Fretted or fretless; 4 and 5 String (low C)

    Origin
    Czech Republic

    Includes
    1/8" headphone jack for silent practice and self-monitoring

    NXTa Series

    Electronics
    Battery-Free Dual Mode Active-Passive

    Controls
    Rotary for Volume, Tone (Treble roll off); Push Pull for Active/Passive Mode; 2-way toggle switch for Polar Pickup System

    Weight
    610g

    Finish
    Solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model) on body.

    Options
    Fretted or fretless; 4 and 5 String (low C)

    Origin
    Czech Republic

    Includes
    Includes NXTa AC charger.

    WAV Series

    Electronics
    Passive, high impedance output

    Controls
    Rotary for Volume, Tone (Treble roll off)

    Weight
    695g

    Finish
    Flame Maple face with transparent high gloss lacquer, stain undercoating. Amberburst, Transparent Red, Transparent Black

    Options
    4 and 5 string (Low C)

    Origin
    India

    A printable PDF version of the NS Electric Violin Feature Comparison Guide is linked here. This is only a test page.

  • THE NXTa RADIUS BASS GUITAR

    Ned Steinberger’s approach to the RADIUS series, as with every new instrument, has been to re-explore each facet of a bass guitar, leading to innovations that provide the player with amazing physical comfort, exceptional performance and unparalleled versatility. The new NXTa brings together brilliant ergonomics of the headless neck and body configuration, the NS self-clamping tuning system, custom NS/EMG™ pickups, volume-volume-tone controls, and battery-free Dual Mode Output electronics made for NS by Mi-Si™.

    Fretted or fretless, 4 string (NXT4a) or 5 string (NXT5a), the NXTa Radius Bass Guitar is beautifully crafted in the Czech Republic and is made from solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model).

    Features

    NXTa Radius Neck
    The headless, bolt-on maple neck has 24 frets, a 34” scale for the NXT4a and 35" scale for the NXT5a, and a familiar 15” radius. A volute provides thumb reference at the nut. String slots in the aluminum headplate eliminate the need for a headstock with heavy tuning machines. Conveniently accessed from the top of the neck, the steel double-action reinforcing truss rod, gives both rigidity and precise relief control.

    NS Diradial™ Body
    The concave back profile provides a sense of comfort and stability against the torso. The front of the instrument is more tightly radiused, which, in with the general wedge shape of the body, creates a more comfortable orientation to the right hand. The configuration of the body cutaway provides easy access to the highest frets.

    Perfectly balanced, the NXTa has no downward dip of the neck, for effortless left-hand freedom. Combined, the shape, balance and light weight (the NXT4a is just 7.8 lbs) make this instrument incredibly comfortable to play.

    Dual Mode (Active/Passive) Output Electronics
    The NS/EMG Radius features custom magnetic pickups with a radiused top and magnetic structure designed to optimally capture the full richness of tone from every string. The controls are a familiar Volume-Volume-Tone configuration. The Tone control is also a push-pull knob, used to select between the NXTa’s active or passive output modes. The active mode is battery-free; the special supercapacitor-based circuitry charges in 60 seconds to deliver active output for 16 hours from the time of the charge. The instrument is supplied with an AC charger which plugs into the guitar’s output jack.

    Patented Self-Clamping Tuning System
    Fast and simple, this self-clamping precision tuning system is integrated into the body of the RADIUS. Any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar string can be used – simply rotate the knurled knob for a quick string change and to bring it to precise pitch.

    Bridge and Saddle
    The aluminum one-piece bridge and saddle assembly provide broad height and angle adjustment. Allows the player to precisely tailor the action and adjust the intonation.

    Gig Bag
    The RADIUS bass guitar includes a padded gig bag with a handle, adjustable backpack straps and a large front zipper pocket with room for cables and gear. The loaded gig bag will fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial aircraft.

    Dimensions: NXT4a NXT5a
    Overall Length 41.5" 42.25"
    Body Length 20.8" 20.8"
    Neck scale 34" 35"
    Neck radius 15" 15"
    Weight 7.8lbs 8.6lbs
    Bridge Spacing 19mm 18mm
    Nut Width 1.60" 1.85"
    12th Fret Width 2.19" 2.54"
    • Active Mode power supply - AC-charged super-capacitor circuitry
    • Strings - D’Addario EXL170 Nickel Round Wound
    • Owner's Manual and tool kit included

    Tuning System

    A patented system (US Patent 6,528,710) based on a design originally created for the NS violin, the RADIUS has a self-clamping, precision tuning machine, built into the body. This fast, simple system accepts any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar string. No tools are needed: simply rotate the knurled knob to change a string or tune the instrument.

  • THE WAV OMNI BASS

    The WAV Series Omni Bass, with the familiar 34 inch bass guitar scale, is designed for the bass guitarist interested in adding the character and expressiveness of an acoustic upright bass, or the NS electric upright, to their performance palette. Available in four and five string configurations, with a variety of color options in a high gloss finish.

    Features

    The Polar™ Bridge Pickup System combines great sound with directional sensitivity, for a rich and expressive response to Arco and Pizzicato technique.  The Omni Bass responds to the bow with a natural and expressive voice, combining powerful bass resonance with brilliant harmonics. The strings are easily driven, making it possible for bassists with little bowing experience to add this beautiful dimension to their music.

    The WAV can be played using any amplifier with high impedance input, or with any other gear using a direct box. WAV instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.

    The 34" scale length of the Omni Bass is the same as standard electric bass, and is available in 4 and 5 string versions. Tuned in fourths (EADGC or BEADG), the fingering positions and spacing are identical to the bass guitar, and therefore immediately familiar to any bass player.

    The fingerboard also features the TransRadius™ profile. For a left-hand feel which is familiar to the experienced bass guitarist, the radius at the nut is 9-1/4 inches. At the end of the fingerboard near the bridge, however, the radius is just 2 inches, large enough to maintain good string-to-string articulation with the bow, yet still comfortable for pizzicato (plucked/picked) style. The asymmetrical fingerboard relief facilitates an even 'growl' from the higher strings and a clear, powerful lower register.

    The solid maple body and neck, together with the graduated fingerboard, deliver a rich, full tone that rings true for every note. The adjustable bridge and two-way truss rod allow for low, fast action, or for higher string settings that encourage the traditional acoustic player to 'dig in' with gusto. NS Electric Omni Bass Strings and standard bass guitar strings fit the Omni Bass, adding unlimited set up options for musicians who want to explore and create their own unique sound.

    The Boomerang™ Strap System is standard with the WAV Omni Bass. Two articulated arms and a pivoting hub allow full mobility on stage or in studio. The comfortable Boomerang strap fits over the shoulder just like a guitar, but the adjustable arms allow the instrument to be placed in virtually any position in relation to the hands and body. The Boomerang Strap System allows full mobility for either bowing or plucking.

    “The most travel friendly upright bass money can buy…”

    Donald Waugh

    Specifications

    WEIGHT: WAV4 - 3.2 kg (7 lbs.); WAV5 – 3.23 kg (7.2 lbs.).

    SCALE LENGTH: 86 cm (34")

    STRING TUNINGS: 4 string EADG; 5 string BEADG or EADGC.

    STRINGS: NS Omni Bass strings by D'Addario™. The Omni Bass also accommodates most long scale bass guitar strings.

    BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple neck and body. Flame maple face on all colors: Amberburst, Trans Red, and Trans Black.

    FINGERBOARD: Asymmetric relief, intonation referenced with cascading dot markers & side dots. The 34" scale length of the Omni Bass is the same as standard electric bass. Rosewood or Coform™.

    TransRadius PROFILE: The fingerboard radius at the nut is 9-1/4 inches. At the end of the fingerboard near the bridge, the radius is 2 inches.

    TRUSS ROD: Two-way truss rod, accessible at nut.

    TUNING HARDWARE: Fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.

    BRIDGE PICKUP: The Polar directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).

    ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Passive circuit with high impedance output, no batteries required. Volume control, tone control (treble roll off) and a switch to select between Arco and Pizzicato mode.

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    BOOMERANG STRAP SYSTEM: This standard support system has a pivoting friction hub that holds the instrument firmly in place close to the body. Attached with a guitar style strap to its two support arms, the system allows the instrument to be moved into virtually any position in relation to the hands and body as it is played. Weight is .45 kg (1 lbs.).

    FRAME STRAP SYSTEM: This optional accessory is a lightweight frame structure that allows full mobility to perform in standing or upright position, holding the instrument out from the body similar to the reference in traditional positioning. The system is supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder.  Weight is 0.68kg (1.5 lbs.).

    WAV/NXT TRIPOD STAND: Optional, black painted steel, fully adjustable, self-standing tripod design. Folds for easy storage and fits into the WAV Omni Bass gig bag. Weight is 2.7 kg (6 lbs.).

    CR TRIPOD STAND: Optional, fully adjustable steel tripod stand. Weight is 3.6kg (8 lbs.).

    BASS END PIN STAND: The optional Bass End Pin Stand offers full freedom of movement. Height, tilt and "right bout" angle are fully adjustable providing a more conventional feel. Weight 3 kg (7 lbs).

    BASS END PIN STAND CONVERSION KIT: To hold the instrument upright for on-stand performance or when not in use, the Bass End Pin Stand can be attached to the CR Tripod Stand  (not compatible with the WAV/NXT Tripod Stand) using the optional End Pin Stand Conversion Kit.

    TRANSPORT

    GIG BAG: A padded gig bag is included as a standard accessory. It has a stand compartment, bow compartment, charger and accessory pocket, handle and adjustable strap. Loaded weight is 6 kg (15.2 lbs.) including a stand, and it fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.

    FLIGHT CASE (optional): Aluminum edged plywood measuring 145cm x 25cm x 25cm (57" x 10" x 10") with loaded weight of approximately 18 kg (40 lb).

    The WAV Omni Bass in Action

    NS artist Donald Waugh reviews the WAV Omni Bass.

    Support Systems The Boomerang™ Strap System

    The Boomerang Strap System gives the player full mobility, and the freedom to play in virtually any position without stress and fatigue. The simple design incorporates two support arms and a pivoting friction hub that holds the instrument firmly in place, yet allows the instrument to be moved into virtually any position in relation to the hands and body as it is played.

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    Featured Technology The Polar™ Pickup System

    As a player, you may not think about the direction your strings are vibrating, or even be aware that string vibrations on a musical instrument are polarized in relation to the fingerboard and the motion of the plectrum and bow. Yet direction is one of the most significant factors influencing the tone and response of a stringed instrument. In fact, instruments from the violin family are different from the lute or guitar in large part due to the effects of string polarization.

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  • THE WAV ELECTRIC CELLO

    For the cellist venturing into the world of the electric, this instrument offers the combination of design, performance and affordability exceeding any other instrument in its class. Compact and light (4.5 pounds!), the WAV cello is a pleasure to travel with, but in terms of features and performance, this instrument is no lightweight. True to the NS tradition, the WAV captures the essence of an acoustic, yet opens up an exciting range of new possibilities.

    With electronics are fully based around the NS patented Polar™ Pickup System, the WAV provides amazingly natural cello tone, with freedom from feedback and wolf tones. Since 100% of the sound comes via the pickup, using looping and other electronic effects is easy and far more effective than with an amplified acoustic.

    The body design allows effortless access to the full range of the fingerboard, and unparalleled freedom of movement on stage. The special asymmetrical fingerboard relief, a hallmark of all NS bowed electrics, provides extraordinary ease of playability from the lowest to the highest positions. To suit individual player preferences, the string heights can be modified via remarkably simple bridge height adjustment, and the fingerboard relief can be modified using the readily accessible two-way truss rod.

    The WAV cello is available in 4 or 5 string models with a variety of color options.

    FEATURES

    NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Cellos, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound a feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the WAV cello is adaptable to a nearly limitless range of music styles.

    A fully adjustable cello tripod stand can be used seated or standing. The optional Cello End Pin Stand provides the seated cellist familiar points of thigh contact and position. The optional Boomerang™ Strap System and The Frame Strap System allow the cellist to stand up with full mobility for a new experience of freedom and expression.

    The WAV electric cello brings unprecedented affordability to the player interested in world-class design, craftsmanship and performance. With a visual appearance a striking as its sound, the roadworthy WAV is an exciting and reliable partner for the most demanding performance career.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 94.2 cm (37")

    WIDTH: 13.9 cm (5.5")

    THICKNESS: 9.4 cm (3.7")

    WEIGHT:

    4 string: 2 kg (4.5 lbs.)

    5 string: 2.1 kg (4.7 lbs.)

    SCALE LENGTH: 69.5 cm (27.36")

    BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple neck and body. Flame maple face on all colors: Amberburst, Transparent Red, and Transparent Black.

    FINGERBOARD: Asymmetrical fingerboard relief. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers. Rosewood or Coform™.

    TRUSS ROD: Two-way truss rod, accessible at neck.

    TUNING HARDWARE: Fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.

    STRINGING:
    4 string tuning: C G D A
    5 string tuning: Low F C G D A; High E tuning also available by request: C G D A E

    STRINGS: NS Electric Cello Strings supplied; the NS is designed to fit and is compatible with most standard strings.

    BRIDGE PICKUP: The NS Cello features the Polar bridge-mounted piezo pickup system which responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).

    ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Passive circuit with high impedance output, no batteries required. Rotary for Volume, Tone (Treble roll off), 2-way toggle switch for Polar Pickup System.

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    CELLO TRIPOD STAND: The WAV/NXT tripod stand included, black painted steel, fully adjustable height and instrument angle. Folds for easy storage and fits into the cello gig bag. Weight 2.7 kg (6 lbs.).

    CELLO END PIN STAND: The optional Cello End Pin Stand has traditional knee and chest contact points for seated play. The height, knee rest position and instrument angle are adjustable. The knee rest folds so the stand fits in the gig bag. Weight is 1.36kg (3 lbs.)

    CR TRIPOD STAND: Optional, fully adjustable steel tripod stand. Weight is 3.6kg (8 lbs.).

    BOOMERANG STRAP SYSTEM: This optional support system has a pivoting friction hub that holds the instrument firmly in place close to the body. Attached with a guitar style strap to its two support arms, the system allows the instrument to be moved into virtually any position in relation to the hands and body as it is played. Weight is .45 kg (1 lbs.).

    FRAME STRAP SYSTEM: This optional accessory is a lightweight frame structure that allows full mobility to perform in standing or upright position, holding the instrument out from the body similar to the reference in traditional positioning. It is the strap system recommended for bowing. The system is supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder. Weight is 0.68kg (1.5 lbs.).

    TRANSPORT

    GIG BAG: The standard gig bag with handle and shoulder strap, has a padded inner case for the instrument and a zipper pouch for the tripod stand.  It also has a bow compartment and storage pocket with room for accessories. 99 cm (39") long; 18 cm (7") in diameter. Loaded weight is 5 kg (11 lbs.), including stand. Fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.

    FLIGHT CASE: An optional hardshell flight case measures 136cm x 28cm x 27cm (53.5" x 11" x 10.5") and weighs 28 kg (45 lb) fully loaded with instrument & tripod stand.

    Download the WAV Cello Owners Manual.

    Featured Technology The Polar™ Pickup System

    As a player, you may not think about the direction your strings are vibrating, or even be aware that string vibrations on a musical instrument are polarized in relation to the fingerboard and the motion of the plectrum and bow. Yet direction is one of the most significant factors influencing the tone and response of a stringed instrument. In fact, instruments from the violin family are different from the lute or guitar in large part due to the effects of string polarization.

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    Support Systems The Cello End Pin Stand

    The cello end pin has traditional knee and chest contact points for seated play. the height, knee rest position and instrument angle are adjustable. The knee rest folds so the stand fits in the gig bag.

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    Support Systems The Frame Strap System

    The Frame Strap System is a moving experience guaranteed to make you smile! The freedom of full mobility, only a dream for the cellist or upright bassist, is now a reality. The Frame Strap System fits over the shoulder like a guitar strap, but holds the instrument out from the body in the ideal position for bow and pizzicato technique.

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    Support Systems The Boomerang™ Strap System

    The Boomerang Strap System gives the player full mobility, and the freedom to play in virtually any position without stress and fatigue. The simple design incorporates two support arms and a pivoting friction hub that holds the instrument firmly in place, yet allows the instrument to be moved into virtually any position in relation to the hands and body as it is played.

    Read More

    Support Systems The CR Tripod Stand

    The tripod stand provides stable support for both the NS Cello and Double Bass. Full height and tilt adjustments allow the player to select the ideal position, seated or standing. the stand folds for storage and fits in the gig bag.

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  • REVIEWS: RADIUS BASS GUITAR

    Review: Just Bass It

    Review: Bass Musician Magazine

    There are very few people who deserve a place at the very 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.

    Guitar & Bass Magazine

    Read the full review »

    Steinberger has once again pushed the boundaries of interesting features while at the same time enhancing a bassist’s overall comfort and interaction with an instrument. The CR5 Radius bass is an engineering feat: It’s a blend of elegant form and practical purpose, with an array of dizzyingly meticulous details.

    Premier Guitar

    Read the full review »

    Once again, NS Design brings something new to the table with the ultra-cool Radius CR Bass. The build quality is excellent, the design is forward-leaning yet traditionally rooted, and it’s a pleasure to play. Its split personality works great in piezo or magnetic mode, and the blend of the two opens up uncharted tonal possibilities.

    Bass Player Magazine

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  • THE NXTa ELECTRIC VIOLIN

    The NXTa Electric Violin Series, with the new active output electronics, includes 4 and 5 string violins and fretted violins, all embodying physical elegance, tremendous ease of play, and amazing tone. Crafted to exacting standards in the Czech Republic, this series sets a high standard for performance and versatility in any setting. Click here for the original NXT Series Violin.

    Good ergonomics, including light weight, are critical performance factors for any electric violin. With their familiar left hand landmarks, including the removable reference bout, NXTa series instruments are remarkably easy to play. Starting at just 585 grams, they set the pace as some of the lightest electrics on the market.

    FEATURES

    Using set screws, the rock-maple bridge can be readily adjusted to the desired action height—high and powerful, low and fast, or anywhere in between.

    A contoured ebony chin rest is standard. The optional Adjustable Chin Rest is also available for players wanting a more extensive range of position adjustments for further customized fit and comfort.

    The standard Custom Shoulder Rest is highly adjustable, and whose base can be readily formed to fit the chest and shoulder perfectly. The NXTa also accepts NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which secures it effortlessly in optimal playing position.

    The patented tuning system built into the bottom of the body allows quick, easy and precise adjustment, exceptional pitch stability, and easy string changes.

    At the heart of the NXTa is the Polar™ Pickup System, whose piezo components convert string vibration directly to signal output. This provides a balanced, tonally rich output, offering a wide range of expressive opportunities. Arco and Pizzicato have significantly different vibration characteristics, and the Polar Pickup faithfully captures both.

    Dual Mode Output - The new dual mode signal output electronics of the NXTa takes the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXT to another level.

    Active Mode - Using the supplied charger, connect the NXTa to any AC outlet for 60 seconds. This will fuel the capacitor-powered active circuit for 16 hours from the time of the charge. The instrument can then be plugged straight into any low or high impedance device, no direct box necessary. Since there is no signal loss over the full frequency spectrum of the instrument, the fundamentals of every note remain clear and strong, even with extra-long cables.

    Passive Mode - The NXTa can be played in this mode with an amplifier with an impedance of 1 meg ohm or greater (3-10 meg ohm recommended) or with a direct box. (This mode provides performance capabilities identical to the original NXT.)

    Eco-Friendly Operation - NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 540 MM (21.25")

    WIDTH: 110 MM (4 5/16")

    THICKNESS: 65 MM (2 9/16")

    WEIGHT:
    4 string: 585g
    5 string: 610g

    SCALE LENGTH: 330 MM (13")

    BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model) on body.

    BODY REFERENCE BOUT: Black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard violin reference. Easily removable for unrestricted neck access.

    FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated, asymmetric relief. NXTa violins are also available with fretted fingerboards.

    BRIDGE: Black-dyed maple, height adjustable via screws on back of body.

    STRINGS: NS Electric Strings are standard.  Compatible with solid and stranded core violin strings.  Synthetic core strings are not recommended.

    PRECISION TUNING HARDWARE: Fine tuners are mounted on the body behind the bridge for precise, stable tuning. Automatic string clamping allows for quick, easy string changes.

    PICKUP: The Polar directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to either lateral string vibration (for dynamic bowing) or vertical string vibration (for remarkably even and sustained plucked/pizzicato sound, like a mandolin). A switch allows the player to choose the desired response.

    ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Rotary volume control, with push-pull selection between Active and Passive output mode; Tone control (treble roll off); Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch.

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    SHOULDER AND CHIN REST OPTIONS: The Custom Shoulder Rest is a standard with the NXTa Violin and can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly.  As an option, the violin can also attach to NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which “floats” the instrument in the desired playing position without being “clamped” between the jaw and the shoulder.

    The contoured ebony chin rest supplied with the instrument is designed to work comfortably in tandem with the Custom Shoulder Rest. The optional Adjustable Chin Rest is also available for players wanting a more extensive range of position adjustments for more customized fit and comfort.

    VIOLIN STAND

    TRANSPORT

    NS VIOLIN CASE: Customized for the NS Violin, this standard hardshell case with handle and shoulder strap includes separate compartments for shoulder rest, charger and accessories, a bow compartment and exterior zipper pouch.  Made with durable Cordura® fabric, 3.2 kg (7 lb) loaded weight.

    VIOLA & VIOLIN FLIGHT CASE (optional): Aluminum edged plywood. Outside Dimensions: 88 cm (34.5″) long; 28 cm (11.5″) wide; 20 cm (7.75″) high. Inside Dimensions (from foam edge to foam edge) : 32.25″ long; 9.95″ wide; 5.5″ height (including top cover recess).  Loaded weight is approximately 13 kg (30 lbs.).

    What Makes the NS Electric Violin Special?

    Ned Steinberger talks with Mimi Rabson from Berklee College of Music about the acquisition of a matched set of two electric violins, viola, cello, and bass by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    Featured Technology The Polar™ Pickup System

    As a player, you may not think about the direction your strings are vibrating, or even be aware that string vibrations on a musical instrument are polarized in relation to the fingerboard and the motion of the plectrum and bow. Yet direction is one of the most significant factors influencing the tone and response of a stringed instrument. In fact, instruments from the violin family are different from the lute or guitar in large part due to the effects of string polarization.

    Read More

    Support Systems Custom Shoulder Rest

    Getting comfortable with your violin is an important for successful practice and performance. The instrument is cradled intimately against the body,

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    Support Systems Adjustable Chin Rest

    Optimal chin rest position is crucial for player comfort. Full adjustment allows each player to customize the chin rest to fit vastly different body shapes and playing styles. Using the hand to overcome the friction allows the player to instantly adjust the chin rest angle as desired.

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    Support Systems Balanced Shoulder Rest

    The Balanced Shoulder Rest liberates violinists from the limitations of holding the violin. It uses the physics of a simple lever to counterbalance the weight of the instrument. A flexible, weighted aluminum arm wraps gently around the upper torso, lightly but securely spreading the load over the shoulder, chest, and upper back.

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  • THE NXTa ELECTRIC VIOLA

    Designed to meet the demands of studio, stage, and other challenging performance environments, the NXTa Active Viola frees the violist from the limitations of an amplified acoustic viola. Based around a comfortable 16" viola string scale, key features of this instrument include the Polar™ Pickup System with the new dual mode signal output, patented precision tuning system, sleek, ergonomic design, and comparatively light weight. Available with either a flame maple Sunburst or Satin Black finish, the NXTa features a maple body, the comfortable Custom Shoulder Rest, and an adjustable-height bridge. Most important, the NXTa Viola offers artists exceptional amplified and recorded performance quality, and extraordinary freedom of expression. Click here for the original NXT Series Viola.

    FEATURES

    The Polar Pickup System is driven directly by the vibration of the strings, enabling it to produce a full spectrum of sound with power and clarity. (By contrast, an acoustic viola's amplified performance is heavily dependent upon the resonant capabilities of the body of the instrument.) The NXTa set up with F-C-G-D, Octave, or even G-D-A-E strings, delivers the entire range with full richness of tone. A convenient switch beside the volume and tone controls allows selection between heightened Arco and Pizzicato pickup sensitivity, expanding the tonal palette even further, virtually free of wolf tones.

    Dual Mode Output - The new dual mode signal output electronics of the NXTa take the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXT to another level.

    Active Mode - Using the supplied charger, plug the NXT into any AC outlet for 60 seconds to power the capacitor-powered active circuit for 16 hours from the time of the charge. The instrument can then be plugged straight into any low or high impedance device, no direct box necessary. Since there is no signal loss over the full frequency spectrum of the instrument, the fundamentals of every note remain clear and strong, even with extra-long cables.

    Passive Mode - The NXTa can be played in this mode when using a direct box or an amplifier with high impedance input. (This mode provides performance capabilities identical to the original NXT.)

    Eco-Friendly Operation - NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.

    The Custom Shoulder Rest features a foam-padded malleable aluminum base, which the player can bend and mold to the surface to the chest and shoulder. A wide range of height and angle adjustments can be made while the instrument is in playing position.

    The ergonomically contoured ebony chin rest is designed to work in tandem with the Custom Shoulder Rest for control, comfort and security. The optional Adjustable Chin Rest is also available for players wanting a more extensive range of position adjustments for more customized fit and comfort. The NXTa also accepts NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which "floats" the instrument in the desired playing position.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 585 MM (23")

    WIDTH: 117 MM (4.6")

    THICKNESS: 49 MM (1.92")

    WEIGHT: 650g

    SCALE LENGTH: 366 MM (14.4")

    BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model) on body.

    BODY REFERENCE BOUT: Black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard viola reference. Easily removable for unrestricted fingerboard access.

    FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated, featuring asymmetric curvature specially designed for enhanced left-hand playing ease.

    BRIDGE: Black-dyed maple, adjustable for preferred string height via screws accessed from the back.

    STRINGS: NS Electric Strings by D'Addario™ are standard.  Compatible with solid and stranded core viola strings.  Synthetic core strings are not recommended.

    PRECISION TUNING HARDWARE: NS Design patented tuning system. Fine tuners are mounted on the body behind the bridge for precise, stable tuning. Automatic string clamping allows for quick, easy string changes.

    BRIDGE PICKUP: The Polar directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to either vertical vibration  (for remarkably even and sustained plucked/pizzicato sound, like a mandolin), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).

    ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Rotary volume control, with push-pull selection between Active and Passive output mode; Tone control (treble roll off); Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch.

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    SHOULDER AND CHIN REST OPTIONS: The Custom Shoulder Rest is a standard with the NXTa Viola and can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly.  As an option, the violin can also attach to NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which “floats” the instrument in the desired playing position without being “clamped” between the jaw and the shoulder.

    The contoured ebony chin rest supplied with the instrument is designed to work comfortably in tandem with the Custom Shoulder Rest. The optional Adjustable Chin Rest is also available for players wanting a more extensive range of position adjustments for more customized fit and comfort.

    TRANSPORT

    NS VIOLA CASE: Customized for the NS Viola, this standard hardshell case with handle and shoulder strap includes separate compartments for shoulder rest, charger and accessories, a bow compartment and exterior zipper pouch.  Made with durable Cordura® fabric, 3.2 kg (7 lb) loaded weight.

    VIOLA & VIOLIN FLIGHT CASE (optional): Aluminum edged plywood. Outside Dimensions: 88 cm (34.5″) long; 28 cm (11.5″) wide; 20 cm (7.75″) high. Inside Dimensions (from foam edge to foam edge) : 32.25″ long; 9.95″ wide; 5.5″ height (including top cover recess).  Loaded weight is approximately 13 kg (30 lbs.).

    Featured Technology The Polar™ Pickup System

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    Support Systems Custom Shoulder Rest

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    Support Systems Adjustable Chin Rest

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    Support Systems Balanced Shoulder Rest

    The Balanced Shoulder Rest liberates violinists from the limitations of holding the violin. It uses the physics of a simple lever to counterbalance the weight of the instrument. A flexible, weighted aluminum arm wraps gently around the upper torso, lightly but securely spreading the load over the shoulder, chest, and upper back.

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  • THE NXTa ELECTRIC UPRIGHT BASS

    The NXTa Active Series Double Bass, whose electronics are fully based around the Polar™ Pickup System, share the classic body design, ergonomics and performance support options of the CR and EU Series. Available in 4 and 5 string configurations, these instruments are produced in the Czech Republic by the same craftsmen who build NS Design's most advanced instruments. Click here for the original NXT Series Double Bass.

    Arco and Pizzicato techniques have almost unlimited expressive potential, thanks to the Polar Pickup System. A convenient switch allows selection of the traditional arco mode for percussive attack and dynamic bowed response, or pizzicato mode for a smooth, sustained tone.

    Features

    Dual Mode Output - The new dual mode signal output electronics of the NXTa take the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXT to another level.

    Active Mode - Using the supplied charger, the NXTa connects into any AC outlet for 60 seconds, powering the capacitor-powered active circuit for 16 hours from the time of the charge. The instrument can then be plugged straight into any low or high impedance device, no direct box necessary. Since there is no signal loss over the full frequency spectrum of the instrument, the fundamentals of every note remain clear and strong, even with extra-long cables.

    Passive Mode - The NXTa can be played in this mode when using a direct box or an amplifier with high impedance input. (This mode provides performance capabilities identical to the original NXT.)

    Eco-Friendly Operation - NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.

    The solid maple body and neck, together with the graduated fingerboard, deliver a rich, full tone that rings true for every note. Asymmetrical fingerboard relief facilitates an even 'growl' from the higher strings and a clear, powerful lower register. The adjustable bridge and truss rod allow for low, fast action, or for higher string settings that encourage the traditional acoustic player to 'dig in' with gusto.

    NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Double Basses, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound and feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the NXTa Series Bass is adaptable to many different styles of music.

    Several interchangeable performance support systems are available for the NXTa upright bass: The NXT Tripod Stand (standard); the heavy-duty CR Tripod Stand; the more conventional Bass End Pin Stand and optional Conversion Kit (used in conjunction with the CR Tripod Stand); or full mobility either the Boomerang™ Strap System or the Frame Strap System.

    GIG BAG AND FLIGHT CASE: The NXTa double bass includes a padded gig bag that has a pouch for tripod stand, a bow compartment and room for the charger and accessories. The loaded gig bag will fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial aircraft.  An optional hard-shell flight case is available for the NXTa double bass.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 132 cm (52")

    WIDTH: 15 cm (6")

    THICKNESS: 10 cm (4")

    WEIGHT: 4.8 kg (10.5 lbs.)

    SCALE LENGTH: 106 cm (41.73")

    STRINGS: 4 or 5 (Low B or high C). Equipped with NS Contemporary Bass Strings by D'Addario™. Compatible with most standard upright bass strings.

    BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model) on body.

    FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers.

    TRUSS ROD: Single Action, accessible at nut.

    TUNING HARDWARE: Fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.

    BRIDGE PICKUP: The Polar directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).

    ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Rotary volume control, with push-pull selection between Active and Self-Powered output mode; Tone control (treble roll off); Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch.

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    NXT TRIPOD STAND: Standard with the NXTa, black painted steel, fully adjustable, self-standing tripod design. Folds for easy storage and fits into the NXT gig bag. Weight is 2.7 kg (6 lbs.).

    CR TRIPOD STAND: Optional, fully adjustable steel tripod stand. Weight is 3.6kg (8 lbs.).

    BASS END PIN STAND: The optional Bass End Pin Stand offers full freedom of movement. Height, tilt and "right bout" angle are fully adjustable providing a more conventional feel. Weight 3 kg (7 lbs).

    BASS END PIN STAND CONVERSION KIT: To hold the instrument upright for on-stand performance or when not in use, the Bass End Pin Stand can be attached to the CR Tripod Stand  (not compatible with the NXT Tripod Stand) using the optional End Pin Stand Conversion Kit.

    BOOMERANG STRAP SYSTEM: This optional support system has a pivoting friction hub that holds the instrument firmly in place close to the body.  Attached with a guitar style strap to its two support arms, the system allows the instrument to be moved into virtually any position in relation to the hands and body as it is played. Weight is .45 kg (1 lbs.).

    FRAME STRAP SYSTEM: This optional accessory is a lightweight frame structure that allows full mobility to perform in standing or upright position, holding the instrument out from the body similar to the reference in traditional positioning. The system is supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder.  Weight is 0.68kg (1.5 lbs.).

    TRANSPORT

    GIG BAG: A padded gig bag is included as a standard accessory. It has a stand compartment, bow compartment, charger and accessory pocket, handle and adjustable shoulder strap. Loaded weight is 11.2 kg (25 lbs.) including stand, and it fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.

    FLIGHT CASE: Optional, aluminum edged plywood, 145 cm (57") long; 25 cm (10") wide; 25 cm (10") high. Loaded weight is 22 kg (48 Ibs.), including stand.

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  • THE NXTa ELECTRIC CELLO

    The NXTa Active Series Cello, available with 4 or 5 strings, fretless or fretted, opens up new vistas for the serious cellist. Crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of the renowned CR Series, NXT series cellos exemplify flawless workmanship at an exceptional value. Click here for the original NXT Series Cello.

    As a pure electric instrument, the NS cello has certain built-in advantages over an acoustic. One is the virtual absence of wolf tones, an unfortunate fact of life for the acoustic cellist. Another is freedom from feedback in amplified performance settings, which means that the cellist can move about the stage at will, and better yet, can take solos at any volume. Since 100% of the sound comes via the pickup, using looping and other electronic effects in live performance is much easier and far more effective than with an amplified acoustic, where much of the unprocessed sound "leaks" out to the audience.

    FEATURES

    The tone quality and dynamic range of the NXTa cello owes much to the self-powered NS Polar™ Pickup System. Employing special piezo crystals, mounted beneath the bridge, the pickup captures the full sound spectrum created by the strings and body of the instrument. Arco versus Pizzicato playing creates more vibration energy in one direction than the other, and a convenient switch on the side of the NXTa actually allows the player to select sensitivity for either mode. The result is either more percussive response, or smoother and sustained response, adding a new dimension to what the player can create musically.

    Dual Mode Output - The new dual mode signal output electronics of the NXTa take the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXT to another level.

    Active Mode - Using the supplied charger, the NXTa connects into any AC outlet for 60 seconds, powering the capacitor-powered active circuit for 16 hours  from the time of the charge. The instrument can then be plugged straight into any low or high impedance device, no direct box necessary. Since there is no signal loss over the full frequency spectrum of the instrument, the fundamentals of every note remain clear and strong, even with extra-long cables.

    Passive Mode - The NXTa can be played in this mode when using a direct box or an amplifier with high impedance input. (This mode provides performance capabilities identical to the original NXT.)

    Eco-Friendly Operation - NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.

    The solid maple body and neck along with the graduated fingerboard contribute to the delivery of a rich, full tone that rings true for every note. Asymmetrical fingerboard relief provides extraordinary ease of playability from the lowest to the highest positions. To suit individual player preferences, the fingerboard relief can be adjusted via the truss rod in the neck, and the string height is readily adjustable at the bridge.

    NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS cellos, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound a feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the NXTa Series Cello is adaptable to a nearly limitless range of music styles.

    A fully adjustable tripod stand can be used seated or standing. The optional Cello End Pin Stand provides the seated cellist familiar points of thigh contact and position. The Boomerang™ Strap System or the Frame Strap System allows the cellist to stand up with full mobility for a new experience of freedom and expression. An escutcheon pin on the neck, corresponding to the location of the heel on an acoustic cello, is standard; a more conventional wooden neck heel is also available for installation.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 94.2 cm (37")

    WIDTH: 13.9 cm (5.5")

    THICKNESS: 9.4 cm (3.7")

    WEIGHT:
    4 string: 1.9 kg (4.1 lbs.)
    5 string: 1.9 kg (4.2 lbs.)

    SCALE LENGTH: 69.5 cm (27.36"")

    BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model) on body. Brass escutcheon pin on the rear of the neck serves as a reference point corresponding to the heel of an acoustic cello.

    FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers. NXTa cellos are also available with fretted fingerboards.

    STRING TUNING:
    4 string tuning: C G D A
    5 string tuning: Low F C G D A; High E tuning also available by request: C G D A E

    STRINGS: NS Electric Cello Strings supplied; the NS is designed to fit and is compatible with most standard strings.

    TRUSS ROD: Single Action.

    TUNING HARDWARE: Fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.

    BRIDGE PICKUP: The NS Cello features the Polar bridge-mounted piezo pickup system which responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).

    ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Rotary volume control; Tone control (treble roll off), with push-pull selection between Active and Passive output mode; Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch.

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    NXT CELLO TRIPOD STAND: Standard with the NXT series, black painted steel, fully adjustable, self-standing tripod design. Folds for easy storage and fits into the NXT gig bag. Weight is 2.7 kg (6 lbs.).

    CELLO END PIN STAND: The optional Cello End Pin Stand has traditional knee and chest contact points for seated play. The height, knee rest position and instrument angle are adjustable. The knee rest folds so the stand fits in the gig bag. Weight is 1.36kg (3 lbs.)

    CR TRIPOD STAND: Optional, fully adjustable steel tripod stand. Weight is 3.6kg (8 lbs.).

    BOOMERANG STRAP SYSTEM: This optional support system has a pivoting friction hub that holds the instrument firmly in place close to the body. Attached with a guitar style strap to its two support arms, the system allows the instrument to be moved into virtually any position in relation to the hands and body as it is played. Weight is .45 kg (1 lbs.).

    FRAME STRAP SYSTEM: This optional accessory is a lightweight frame structure that allows full mobility to perform in standing or upright position, holding the instrument out from the body similar to the reference in traditional positioning. It is the strap system recommended for bowing. The system is supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder. Weight is 0.68kg (1.5 lbs.).

    TRANSPORT

    GIG BAG: The standard gig bag with handle and shoulder strap, has a padded inner case for the instrument and a zipper pouch for the tripod stand.  It also has a bow compartment and storage pocket with room for charger and accessories. 99 cm (39") long; 18 cm (7") in diameter. Loaded weight is 5 kg (11 lbs.), including stand. Fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.

    FLIGHT CASE: An optional hardshell flight case measures 136cm x 28cm x 27cm (53.5" x 11" x 10.5") and weighs 18 kg (40 lb) fully loaded with instrument & tripod stand.

    Featured Technology The Polar™ Pickup System

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  • THE WAV ELECTRIC UPRIGHT BASS

    For the bassist entering the world of the pure electric upright, this instrument offers the combination of design, performance and affordability exceeding any other instrument in its class. True to the NS tradition, the WAV readily captures the essence of an acoustic, yet opens up a wide range of new possibilities.

    With electronics are fully based around the NS patented Polar™ Pickup System, the WAV upright bass is available in 4 or 5 string models with several color choices to please the eye as well. The WAV proudly shares the same elegant, modern body design, ergonomics and performance support options of its companions in the NS line.

    The WAV’s Polar pickup system includes a convenient toggle switch between Arco and Pizzicato mode. Use the Arco mode for a traditional acoustic response for either bowing and a percussive plucked sound, or switch to the Pizzicato mode for uniquely even and sustained plucked sound, opening up new dimensions to the sound pallet. The piezo-powered passive electronics deliver an amazingly natural tone with unlimited overhead for extraordinary performance without the need or hassle of batteries.

    FEATURES

    The solid maple body and neck with a graduated fingerboard, delivers the rich, full tone you expect from every NS Instrument. The WAV Series brings the same clarity and fullness with every note. Asymmetrical fingerboard relief and an adjustable bridge and two-way truss rod allow the player to tweak the neck relief and string heights to suit the music and personal playing style.

    Compact and lightweight, the WAV Double Bass is an excellent instrument for musicians on the move. It comes equipped with a stand, and padded gig bag that carries the instrument with a handle and strap and includes separate pouch compartments for storing the stand, bow and accessories. The loaded gig bag will fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial aircraft. An optional hard-shell flight case is available for the WAV Double Bass.

    NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Double Basses, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound and feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the WAV Series Bass is adaptable to virtually any style of music.

    Several interchangeable performance support systems are available for the WAV: The standard WAV/NXT Tripod Stand; the heavy-duty CR Tripod Stand (optional); the more conventional Bass End Pin Stand and optional Conversion Kit (used in conjunction with the CR Tripod Stand); or full mobility either the Boomerang™ Strap System or the Frame Strap System.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 132 cm (52")

    WIDTH: 15 cm (6")

    THICKNESS: 10 cm (4")

    WEIGHT: 4-String 8lbs 12.8oz (4.0 kg); 5-String 9lbs (4.1 kg)

    SCALE LENGTH: 106 cm (41.73")

    STRINGS: 4 or 5 (Low B). Compatible with most standard ¾ size double bass strings.

    BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple neck and body. Flame maple face on the Amberburst, Transparent Red, and Transparent Black models; Brilliant White model has solid maple.

    FINGERBOARD: Asymmetric relief for easy playability in every position. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers. Rosewood or Coform™.

    TRUSS ROD: Two-way truss rod, accessible at neck.

    TUNING HARDWARE: Fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.

    BRIDGE PICKUP: The Polar piezo pickup system responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).

    ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Passive circuit with high impedance output, no batteries required. Volume control, tone control (treble roll off) and a switch to select between Arco and Pizzicato mode.

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    DOUBLE BASS TRIPOD STAND: WAV/NXT tripod stand is standard, black painted steel, fully adjustable height and instrument angle. Folds for easy storage and fits into the WAV gig bag. Weight 2.7 kg (6 lbs.).

    CR TRIPOD STAND: Optional; steel tripod stand, fully adjustable height and instrument angle. Weight 3.6kg (8 lbs.).

    BASS END PIN STAND: The optional Bass End Pin Stand offers full freedom of movement. Height, tilt and "right bout" angle are fully adjustable providing a more conventional feel. Weight 3 kg (7 lbs).

    BASS END PIN STAND CONVERSION KIT: To hold the instrument upright for on-stand performance or when not in use, the Bass End Pin Stand can be attached to the CR Tripod Stand  (not compatible with the WAV/NXT Tripod Stand) using the optional End Pin Stand Conversion Kit.

    BOOMERANG STRAP SYSTEM: This optional support system has a pivoting friction hub that holds the instrument firmly in place close to the body.  Attached with a guitar style strap to its two support arms, the system allows the instrument to be moved into virtually any position in relation to the hands and body as it is played. Weight is .45 kg (1 lbs.).

    FRAME STRAP SYSTEM: This optional accessory is a lightweight frame structure that allows full mobility to perform in standing or upright position, holding the instrument out from the body similar to the reference in traditional positioning. The system is supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder.  Weight is 0.68kg (1.5 lbs.).

    TRANSPORT

    GIG BAG: A padded gig bag is included as a standard accessory. It has a stand compartment, bow compartment, accessory pocket, handle and adjustable shoulder strap. Loaded weight is 11.2 kg (25 lbs.) including stand, and it fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.

    FLIGHT CASE: Optional, aluminum edged plywood, 145 cm (57") long; 25 cm (10") wide; 25 cm (10") high. Loaded weight is 24 kg (53 Ibs.), including stand.

    Click here to download the NS Design WAV Electric Upright Bass Owners Manual

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