THE CR ELECTRIC CELLO

The NS Cello, designed by Ned Steinberger, is available in the affordable CR Series. This remarkable instrument, available with 4, 5 or 6 strings, is able to produce the delicate and precise tones of its acoustic parent as well as to create exciting new sounds through the tone shaping geometry of its innovative Polar™ piezo pickup system.

Interchangeable support systems provide new performance options. A fully adjustable tripod stand can be used seated or standing. The inventive Boomerang Strap System and Frame Strap System allows full mobility, while the conventional Cello End Pin Stand provides the traditional points of cello contact and position.

The use of standard cello strings and scale length establishes a familiar starting point for the cellist's journey to the electric world. From there anything goes. The energetic response of the NS Cello can be tamed to deliver a traditional cello tone, or set loose to explore new territory.

Features

SOLID MAPLE BODY AND NECK: The CR Cello is crafted of European maple, with a flame maple face. This solid-body design develops a rich multi-dimensional tone free from the constraints inherent in an acoustic instrument. The traditional cello scale length and neck shape have a familiar feel, while the small body allows full access to the upper register. Brass escutcheon pin on the rear of the neck serves as a reference point corresponding to the heel of an acoustic cello. Solid construction provides structural stability to resist changes in temperature and humidity.

FINGERBOARD: The fingerboard is expertly graduated with an asymmetric profile to insure that each note is even and buzz free. An adjustable truss rod allows for precise relief adjustment for different strings and playing style. A cascading dot pattern across the neck provides an accurate reference for position.

 

BRIDGE PICKUP: The Polar bridge-mounted 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).

ACTIVE ELECTRONICS: The dual mode preamp allows the player to choose between two very distinct tone qualities. The first mode delivers the full frequency response of modern low impedance electronics, for a rich, full-blown "electric" sound. The second is balanced to produce the frequency response of the traditional cello, for a more "acoustic" sound. A three-way toggle switch allows the player to select the desired pickup and electronics options. Additional controls include volume and individual bass EQ & treble EQ controls.

Specifications

LENGTH: 94 cm (37")

WIDTH: 14 cm (5.5")

THICKNESS: 9.5 cm (3.75")

WEIGHT: 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.)

SCALE LENGTH: 69.5 cm (27.36"")

STRING SPACING:

Model Bridge Nut
4-string 4.8 cm (1.9") 2.4 cm (.94")
5-string 6.1 cm (2.4") 3.0 cm (1.18")
6-string 7.1 cm (2.8") 3.3 cm ( 1.3")

CONSTRUCTION: Straight grain rock maple neck, body, and peg head. Hand graduated fingerboard. Flame maple face on body and peghead.

FINISH: Traditional amber stain with polymer top coat. Custom finish options are available for the CR Cello.

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: Volume, balance control for pickup selection, toggle switch for Polar system, bass and treble controls. 18-volt active circuit by EMG™ with an internal headphone amp / circuit. Mono output.

CONTROLS: (top to bottom)

  • Volume
  • Treble EQ
  • Switch for Polar pickup:
    up - pizzicato (vertical vibration)
    center - Pure Preamp Arco - Electric tone
    down - arco (lateral vibration)
  • Bass EQ

HEADPHONE JACK: 1/8" headphone jack for silent practice and self-monitoring.

TRUSS ROD: Neck relief is adjustable above the nut located with hex wrench.

TUNING MACHINES: Schaller, 18:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners; black finish.

STRINGS: NS Electric Cello Strings standard.

PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

TRIPOD STAND: A fully adjustable tripod stand comes standard with the CR Series Cello.

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.).

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 hard shell flight case measures 136cm x 28cm x 27cm (53.5" x 11" x 10.5") and weighs 22.2 kg (49 lb) fully loaded with instrument & tripod stand.

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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