• THE NXTa OMNI BASS

    The NXTa Active 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 either Satin Black or Sunburst finish, these well-priced instruments are produced in the Czech Republic with the same meticulous care as NS Design's renowned CR Series Omni Bass. Click here for the original NXT Series Omni Bass.

    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.

    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.

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    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 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 NXTa 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.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 113 cm (44")

    WIDTH: 15 cm (5.7")

    THICKNESS: 10 cm (4")

    WEIGHT: 3.2 kg (7 lbs.)

    SCALE LENGTH: 86 cm (34")

    STRING TUNINGS: 4 string E,A,D,G; 5 string B,E,A,D,G or E,A,D,G,C.

    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, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model) on body.

    FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated, asymmetric. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers & side dots. The 34" scale length of the Omni Bass is the same as standard electric bass.

    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: 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 Passive output mode; Tone control (treble roll off); Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch.

    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.).

    NXT TRIPOD STAND: Optional, black painted steel, fully adjustable, self-standing tripod design. Folds for easy storage and fits into the NXT 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 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) including a tripod stand.

    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 RADIUS BASS GUITAR

    The WAV RADIUS Bass is completely about the experience, every time you pick it up. It's in the feel of the instrument before you plug it in, and it's embodied in the tone, performance and possibilities when the house lights go down. Among the advantages of a headless bass are weight and balance. The RADIUS body contours to your torso, your hands fall naturally into place, and there is no neck dive. It feels extraordinarily secure and comfortable.

    Available in 4 and 5 string models, the WAV RADIUS has an expansive, practical tone palette, stage-ready in any venue. A tight, rock-solid low end underpins the exceptional clarity and harmonic integrity carried throughout its range. It's one of the differences you feel the moment you plug it in. The intonation is spot-on, through to the 24th fret. When you need it, quick, precision tuning is at your right-hand fingertips, readily adjustable even while you're playing. Finally, an intuitive, straightforward control setup lets you find your voice (no matter what you play), or shift gears with freedom to explore the broad sonic territory provided by the NS WAV RADIUS Bass.

    I am blown away by these new instruments from NS DESIGN / The NS-WAV4 Radius bass guitar and my new friend NS WAV Upright Bass. It’s a new era and God willing I pray that I’m able to create musical excellence with these new tools of my trade. I hope to “ROCK EM RIGHT” Lets GO.

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    Features

    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 combination 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. The tuning system is integrated into the body. 

    NS RADIUS NECK: The headless, one-piece bolt-on maple neck has 24 frets, a 34" scale for the WAV4 and 35" scale for the WAV5, 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 heavy-duty steel double-action reinforcing truss rod, with its patented differential thread drive, gives both rigidity and precise relief control.

    BRIDGE & SADDLE: The aluminum one-piece bridge and saddle assembly provide broad height and angle adjustment, allowing the player to precisely tailor the action and adjust the intonation.

    NS POLAR™/EMG™ HIGH IMPEDANCE DUAL PICKUP SYSTEM: Active electronics, including the 9-volt onboard preamp and EQ, integrate a magnetic custom EMG RADIUS pickup and the NS bridge-mounted Polar pickup. The EMG pickup has a radiused top and magnetic structure to optimize the tone and harmonics from every string. The Polar pickup is a unique piezo design, combining a tight and powerful low end with exceptional clarity. The WAV offers master volume and balance controls, along with separate tone controls for each pickup.

    GIG BAG: The WAV 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.

    KEY SPECIFICATIONS - WAV4 / WAV5

    • Overall Length: 41.5" / 42.25"
    • Body Length: 20.8"
    • Frets: 24
    • Neck scale: 34" / 35"
    • Neck radius: 15"
    • Weight: 8.0 lbs / 8.2 lbs
    • Bridge Spacing: 19mm / 18mm
    • Nut Width: 1.60" / 1.85"
    • 12th Fret Width: 2.19" / 2.54"
    • Power Supply: 9V
    • Standard strings: 
      D'Addario™ EXL170
      Nickel Round Wound

    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 CR RADIUS BASS GUITAR

    Meticulously crafted in the Czech Republic, the RADIUS Bass Guitar embodies a breadth of experience, insight, and design brilliance which only Ned Steinberger can bring to the creation of a new classic. His approach to the RADIUS, as with every new instrument, was to re-explore each facet of a bass guitar, leading to innovations such as the Fusion neck, the Diradial™ body design, the NS tuning system, and the NS/EMG™ pickup system. However, what makes this instrument most remarkable is its seamless integration of feature, form and function.

    The sensuous lines of the RADIUS are balanced and refreshing, which is exactly how it feels to hold and to play it. Most of all, the RADIUS is, by design, the most sonically dynamic, versatile and exciting bass available today. According to the editors of the UK's Guitar & Bass Magazine™, which awarded it 2014 Best Guitar Over £1,000, the RADIUS is "a wonderful instrument that manages to look cooler than a headless bass has any right to," and "a bass that demands to be played."

    Fretted or fretless, 4 string (CR4), 5 string (CR5), and the new Limited Edition 6 string (CR6) CR RADIUS Bass Guitar is available in Amber Satin, Natural Satin, or Charcoal Satin finishes.

    Features

    NS FUSION NECK: The RADIUS features a bolt-on one-piece maple neck with an embedded continuous carbon fiber core and steel double-action reinforcing truss rod. This combination has the natural feel of wood, but the core provides enhanced sustain and definition to each note. The fingerboard, which has a 15" radius, is 34" scale for the CR4 and CR6, and 35" scale for the CR5. Heavy conventional tuning machines are replaced by an aluminum headplate with ball-end string mounting slots. The tuning system is integrated into the body.

    NS DIRADIAL BODY: The RADIUS's maple body, with flamed maple top, has a concave back radius, which provides enhanced contact and stability against the torso. The front of the instrument is more tightly radiused, which, in combination with the general wedge shape of the body, shifts it into more comfortable orientation with the right hand. The distinctive horn provides a natural grip, and the configuration of the body cutaway provides easy access to the highest frets.

    The instrument as a whole is perfectly balanced, no downward dip of the neck, giving the left hand unprecedented freedom. Combined, the shape, balance and light weight of the RADIUS make this instrument exceptionally comfortable to play.

    NS/EMG INTEGRAL PICKUP SYSTEM: NS Design and EMG have collaborated to create this integrated piezo and magnetic pickup system. It features an 18-volt onboard preamp, which provides extraordinary dynamic headroom. The active electronics are combined with the NS bridge-mounted Polar™ Pickup System, the marriage of which puts an exceptionally broad, musically rich spectrum of tone at the player's fingertips.

    CONTROLS: The controls on the RADIUS bass give the player full ability to shape and mix the magnetic and piezo output: Master Volume, active Treble cut/boost, active Bass cut/boost, rotary magnetic/piezo pickup blend, 3-position magnetic pickup selector switch, and 3-position piezo EQ switch.

    BRIDGE & SADDLE: The aluminum one-piece bridge and saddle assembly provide full height and angle adjustment, allowing the player to precisely tailor the action and tweak the intonation with the adjustment of hex head set screws (hex key included).

    GIG BAG: The RADIUS bass guitar includes a deluxe 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: CR4 CR5 CR6
    Overall Length 41.5" 42.25" 41.5"
    Body Length 20.8" 20.8" 20.8"
    Neck scale 34" 35" 34"
    Neck radius 15" 15" 15"
    Weight 8.4lbs 8.6lbs 9.5lbs
    Bridge Spacing 19mm 18mm 17mm
    Nut Width 1.60" 1.85" 2.06"
    12th Fret Width 2.19" 2.54" 2.91"

    NS RADIUS Bass Guitar review at The NAMM Show with Donald Waugh and Ned Steinberger

    From the NS Design Booth at Winter NAMM 2019, here is NS Artist Donald Waugh's interview with NS Design's founder and award winning designer, Ned Steinberger.

    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 ELECTRIC VIOLIN

    The NS WAV Electric Violin is the perfect electric violin for any player interested in exploring the world of amplified or electronic performance. Full, natural tone, outstanding comfort, and sophisticated design are combined in an instrument which is simply a pleasure to play.

    At the heart of every NS electric violin is the Polar ™ Pickup System. Sensor and bridge geometry are integrated to translate every nuance to the amplifier and speaker system. The big, bold, and brilliant tone looks to the future, yet the sonic ingredients of the acoustic violin are present and can be tamed to become traditional in character. The Polar pickup has the unique ability to analyze the direction of string vibration to enhance the bowed response and to facilitate bow technique. The unusually powerful piezo crystals do not require on-board power, for maintenance-free performance without the hassle of batteries.

    The reserve power of a well set up electric violin makes the instrument easier to play than a conventional acoustic. The NS WAV Electric Violin's rock maple bridge is easily adjustable for the playing style and action height you prefer; high and powerful like a traditional violin, low and fast like an electric guitar, or anywhere in between. The ebony fingerboard is graduated for each string to optimize the tone and playability of every note. The neck is smooth and fast, with traditional thumb reference points for the scroll and heel. The removable bout provides accurate position reference for players accustomed to using the traditional body shape for reference.

     

    Accurate, stable tuners are the key to in-tune performance. The patented self-clamping tuning mechanism automatically grips the string ever more tightly as tension is applied, and the micrometer tuning is smooth and precise. This rock solid tuning is light years ahead of the friction tuners found on traditional instruments.

    Light weight and good balance are the essential comfort factors for any electric violin. The fully carved interior of the NS WAV Electric Violin keeps the weight to the minimum, and the body mounted tuners bring the center of gravity back over the shoulder where it belongs. The WAV includes the Custom Shoulder Rest, which allows you to shape and adjust the padded base to the contours of your shoulder and chest, for a secure and comfortable fit. Also included with the instrument is the ergonomically contoured ebony chin rest, 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 WAV also accepts NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which "floats" the instrument in the desired playing position.

    The NS WAV Electric Violin comes complete with fabric covered hardshell case with handle and shoulder strap. It’s padded on the inside, with room for your bow, and compartments for the shoulder rest, output cable, and extra gear. An optional flight case is available.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 540 MM (21.25")

    WIDTH: 110 MM (4 5/16")

    THICKNESS: 65 MM (2 9/16")

    WEIGHT: Highly carved interior for light comfort.
    4 string: 670g
    5 string: 695g

    SCALE LENGTH: 330 MM (13")

    BODY/NECK: Maple neck and body for rich tone and visual grace.

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

    FINGERBOARD: Ebony, hand-graduated, asymmetric relief, shaped for effortless play.

    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: 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.

    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).

    ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Passive circuit with high impedance output, no batteries required. Volume control and Tone control (treble roll off).

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    SHOULDER AND CHIN REST OPTIONS: The Custom Shoulder Rest is a standard with the WAV 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 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,

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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 NXT ELECTRIC VIOLIN

    The NXT electric violin opens up a new horizon for the serious musician seeking to play a world-class electric violin on a limited budget. Available as 4 or 5 string, standard or fretted, these instruments, crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of NS Design's renowned CR series, exemplify flawless workmanship at an incredible value. Click here for the new NXTa Active Series Violin.

    Light weight and perfect balance are critical performance factors, and the NXT electric violin tops the charts as one of the lightest in its class. Weighing in at 585 grams (610 grams for the NXT5), the NXT pioneers special carving techniques to reduce the weight of the maple body, while preserving extraordinary rigidity and striking good looks. Ultralight tail-mounted tuners allow precise adjustment, easy string changes, and keep the balance point of the instrument close to the shoulder for maximum comfort.

    Additional weight is saved by advanced piezo technology that eliminates the need for heavy on-board batteries and circuitry. The self-powered Polar™ electromechanical transducer, technically referred to as a passive pickup, is anything but passive, with higher output than most active systems. The result is unsurpassed dynamic range, clarity, and sheer power. The dual mode Polar pickup responds to both lateral string vibration for bowing, and vertical vibration for pizzicato playing. (A body-mounted two-way switch lets the player change modes easily.) The resulting sound retains the essential timbres of a fine acoustic violin, but is easily modified via on-board controls or post-processing, to suit almost any sonic palette.

    As adaptable as it is powerful, the NXT adjusts easily to any violinist's style. A contoured ebony chin rest is standard. So is the Custom Shoulder Rest which is fully adjustable, and whose base can be readily formed to fit the chest and shoulder perfectly. 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 NXT electric violin also accepts NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which secures it effortlessly in optimal playing position. 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.

    NS Electric Strings and all other traditional violin strings fit NS violins, allowing the player to select from many different string options, each with a unique sound and feel.

    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 (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. NXT 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: 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.

    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: Passive circuit with high impedance output, no batteries required. Volume control and Tone control (treble roll off).

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    SHOULDER AND CHIN REST OPTIONS: The Custom Shoulder Rest is a standard with the NXT 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 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

    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,

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More
  • THE CR ELECTRIC VIOLIN

    NS Design's CR Electric Violin, available in both 4 and 5 string models, standard and fretted, is the preeminent electric violin on the market today. Designed by Ned Steinberger, the violin has a remarkable tonal range due to its innovative Polar™ Pickup System, which is able to selectively capture the string vibration favored for both bow and pizzicato technique with stunning brilliance and sensitivity. The violinist who prefers the elegant tone of a fine acoustic will not be disappointed, and for those who wish to explore new sonic territory, the sky is the limit.

    The solid-body NS Electric Violin incorporates the familiar performance features of an acoustic instrument, including a removable bout segment to provide the left-hand reference position of a traditional instrument. Traditional string spacing and scale length facilitate the transition from the acoustic instrument to the world of the electric violin. Direct amplification and recording capabilities allow the violinist to experience the vast range of electronic and amplified performance opportunities, yet continue to savor the essence and timeless magic of the violin.

    Features

    SOLID MAPLE BODY AND NECK: The CR Violin is crafted of solid maple, with an elegant flame maple face. This lightweight solid-body design transfers the full spectrum of sound to the pickup without feedback, and is very stable even with changes in temperature and humidity. The ergonomic shoulder and chin rest provide comfortable, stable support, and a removable treble side bout is included for left hand position reference. The solid ebony fingerboard is hand graduated for consistent string articulation.

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS: The CR Violin comes equipped with the Custom Shoulder Rest which can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly. The ergonomically contoured ebony chin rest is designed to work in tandem with the Custom Shoulder Rest for control, comfort and security. The Adjustable Chin Rest is optional, offering a range of positions for individual fit, style and comfort, providing entirely new levels of ergonomic support. As an option, the violin can also attach to NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest which secures it effortlessly in optimal playing position.

    BRIDGE PICKUP: The Polar directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like a mandolin), 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 violin" sound. The second is balanced to produce the frequency response of the traditional violin, 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.

    PRECISION TUNING HARDWARE: With the NS Design patented tuning system, remarkably precise and stable tuning is accomplished entirely behind the bridge, in the manner similar to the fine tuners of an acoustic instrument. With the elimination of the traditional scroll and pegs, weight is shifted in towards the body of the player for optimum comfort. Although specially formulated NS Electric Violin Strings from D'Addario™ are recommended, any standard solid or stranded core violin string will fit the NS Violin. We do not recommend nylon (Perlon) core or gut core strings.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 540 MM (21.25")

    WIDTH: 110 MM (4 5/16")

    THICKNESS: 65 MM (2 9/16")

    WEIGHT: 720 grams (25.5 oz)

    SCALE LENGTH: 330 MM (13")

    STRING SPACING:

    Model Bridge Nut
    4-string 33.5 mm (1 5/16") 16.2 mm (4 1/64")
    5-string 44 mm (1 3/4") 21 mm (5 3/64")

    CONSTRUCTION: Straight grain quarter-sawn solid European maple body and neck, with a flame maple face.

    FINISH: Traditional amber stain with polymer top coat. Custom finish options are available for the CR Violin including Slate Gray, Quilted Maple, Poplar Burl and Zebrawood.  Click here to see examples of these Custom CR Series finishes.

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

    FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated ebony.

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

    STRINGS: NS Electric Strings by D'Addario™ 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.

    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).

    ACTIVE ELECTRONICS: Dual mode preamp allows the player to choose between two distinct tone qualities: (1) the extended frequency response of modern low impedance electronics, for full-blown "electric" sound, and (2) active electronic shaping to replicate the frequency response of the traditional violin, for a more "acoustic" sound. A three-way toggle switch allows the player to select the desired pickup and electronics options.

    CONTROLS:

    • Volume
    • Treble EQ
    • Bass EQ
    • 3-way Switch for Polar pickup:
      • forward - vertical string vibration for sustained pizzicato
      • center - lateral string vibration, full frequency for arco
      • back - lateral string vibration, "acoustic" timbre for arco

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

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    SHOULDER AND CHIN REST OPTIONS: The Custom Shoulder Rest is a standard option included with the CR Violin and can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly. The contoured ebony chinrest is designed to work in tandem with the Custom Shoulder Rest. As an option, the violin can also attach to NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which secures it effortlessly in optimal playing position and is ergonomically designed to support the instrument securely without the left hand. Knobs are located within easy reach of the right hand so adjustments can be made with the instrument in playing position. The optional Adjustable Chin Rest offers a range of positions for individual fit, style and comfort, providing entirely new levels of ergonomic support.

    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 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,

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More
  • THE NS RADIUS BASS GUITAR

    While the NS RADIUS Bass Guitar carries forward the heritage of the headless design which was pioneered by Ned Steinberger, it also takes the bass guitar to an entirely new level of performance, playability and aesthetic appeal. Integrated magnetic and piezo pickup systems expand the tonal palette, delivering incredibly powerful lows, exceptional high end clarity, and expressive dynamics, making the Radius one of the most musically versatile basses ever built. Outwardly, everything about this instrument is sculpted, curved and comfortable. The concave Diradial™ body design provides enhanced contact and stability against the torso. The reduction and redistribution of weight made possible with headless construction reduces the constant burden on your left shoulder, arm, and hand for greatly enhanced ease and comfort. The patented “self-clamping” tuning system provides phenomenal tuning precision and stability with conventional strings, and it makes the process of changing strings remarkably fast and simple. We invite you to explore the Radius lineup, including the sophisticated CR Series, the new NXTa Series with a familiar Volume-Volume-Tone configuration and featuring the new battery-free active output electronics, and the amazingly versatile and high performance WAV Series.

    NS RADIUS Bass Guitar Videos

    Feature Comparison

    All NS RADIUS Bass Guitars Have:

    • Adjustable string action and intonation
    • Concave Diradial™ Body Design
    • Headless, bolt-on neck with volute thumb reference at the nut.
    • Adjustable steel truss rod for precise fingerboard relief adjustment.
    • Patented Self-Clamping Tuning System
    • 4 String: Scale Length: 34". Neck Radius: 15"
    • 5 String: Scale Length: 35". Neck Radius: 15"
    • 6 String: Scale Length: 34". Neck Radius 15"
    • D'Addario™ EXL 170 Nickel Round Wound Bass Guitar strings are standard. Compatible with any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar strings.
    • Padded gig bag standard with handle, backpack straps and gear pouch
    • Tool kit, Owners Manual

    CR Series

    Electronics
    EMG™/NS Integral system with EMG Radius custom magnetic pickups and NS Polar™ pickup system, 18-volt active onboard preamp

    Controls
    Rotary for volume, active Treble cut/boost, active Bass cut/boost, magnetic/piezo pickup blend, 3-position magnetic pickup selector switch, and 3-position piezo EQ switch

    Fingerboard
    Ebony

    Weight
    CR4 - 8.4 lbs.; CR5 - 8.6 lbs.; CR6 - 9.5 lbs.

    Finish
    Solid maple; flame maple face with a polymer top coat: Amber Satin, Charcoal Satin, Natural Satin

    Model Options
    4-String, 5-String, 6-String; fretted or fretless

    Origin
    Czech Republic

    NXTa Series

    Electronics
    EMG™/NS Radius custom magnetic pickups, battery-free dual-mode Active / Passive output electronics

    Controls
    Individual rotary volume control for neck and bridge pickup, master tone control.

    Fingerboard
    Richlite™

    Weight
    NXT4a - 7.8 lbs.; NXT5a - 8.6 lbs.

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

    Other
    Includes NXTa AC charger

    Model Options
    4-String, 5-String; fretted or fretless

    Origin
    Czech Republic

    WAV Series

    Electronics
    EMG™/NS Integral system with EMG Radius custom magnetic pickup and NS Polar™ pickup system, 9-volt active onboard preamp

    Controls
    Rotary Volume, Pickup Balance, Magnetic Tone, Piezo Pickup Tone

    Fingerboard
    Ebony

    Weight
    WAV4 - 8 lbs.; WAV5 - 8.2 lbs.

    Finish
    Solid meranti: Matte Black, high gloss Metallic Crimson, high gloss Metallic White

    Model Options
    4-String, 5-String; fretted

    Origin
    Indonesia

    A printable .pdf version of the NS RADIUS Bass Guitar Feature Comparison Guide is linked here.

  • THE NS ELECTRIC VIOLINS

    The NS Electric Violins family bring together elegant design, phenomenal tone and exceptional 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 electric violinist frequently shares the stage with instruments designed for the plugged in world of amplifiers and high-powered sound reinforcement. The NS family of electric violins are, in every sense, designed for that specific stage, but also equipped for life in the studio. Please explore and compare our amazing electric violins and see which one fits your performance needs best.  Along the way, learn about the remarkable Polar™ Pickup Systemthe 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

    NS Electric Violin Videos

    What makes the NS Electric Violin special?

    Ned Steinberger, NS Design founder, 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. For more information about the Musical Instruments Gallery at the MFA, visit their website: https://www.mfa.org/

    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.

  • THE NXT ELECTRIC VIOLA

    Designed to meet the demands of studio, stage, and other challenging performance environments, the NXT4 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 self-powered Polar™ Pickup System, patented precision tuning system, sleek, ergonomic design, and comparatively light weight. Available with either a flame maple Sunburst or Satin Black finish, the NXT features a maple body, the comfortable Custom Shoulder Rest, and an adjustable-height bridge. Most important, the NXT4 Viola offers artists exceptional amplified and recorded performance quality, and extraordinary freedom of expression. Click here for the new NXTa Active Series Viola.

    The NXT's 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 NXT 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.

    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 NXT also accepts NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which "floats" the instrument in the desired playing position.

    As adaptable as it is powerful, the NXT adjusts easily to any violist's personal style and preferences. With a visual profile as striking as its sound, the affordable, road-ready NXT viola brings represents world-class design and craftsmanship. For the player looking for more when it comes to creative expression and exploration, the NXT is an exciting professional partner.

    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 (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: Self-powered circuit with high impedance output. Volume control and Tone control (treble roll off).

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    SHOULDER AND CHIN REST OPTIONS: The Custom Shoulder Rest is a standard with the NXT 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 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

    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,

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More
  • THE CR ELECTRIC VIOLA

    The 4 string NS Viola completes the NS Design family of electric concert stringed instruments. With a remarkable tonal range due to its innovative Polar™ pickup system, the NS Viola is able to selectively capture the string vibration favored for both bow and pizzicato technique with stunning brilliance and sensitivity. Now the violist can shed the constraints of the acoustic instrument, and enjoy full, rich, powerful sound from an instrument that is very comfortable to play.

    Features

    SOLID MAPLE BODY AND NECK: The NS Viola is crafted of solid maple, with an elegant flame maple face. This lightweight solid-body design transfers the full spectrum of sound to the pickup without feedback, and is very stable even with changes in temperature and humidity. The ergonomic shoulder and chin rest provide comfortable, stable support, and a removable treble side bout is included for left hand position reference. The solid ebony fingerboard is hand graduated for consistent string articulation.

    SUPPORT SYSTEMS: The CR Viola comes equipped with the Custom Shoulder Rest which can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly. The ergonomically contoured ebony chinrest is designed to work in tandem with the Custom Shoulder Rest for control, comfort and security. The Adjustable Chin Rest is optional, offering a range of positions for individual fit, style and comfort, providing entirely new levels of ergonomic support. The viola can also attach to NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which secures it effortlessly in optimal playing position.

    BRIDGE PICKUP: The NS Viola features the Polar bridge-mounted piezo pickup system which responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like a mandolin), 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 viola, 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.

    PRECISION TUNING HARDWARE: With the NS Design patented tuning system, remarkably precise and stable tuning is accomplished entirely behind the bridge, in the manner similar to the fine tuners of an acoustic instrument. With the elimination of the traditional scroll and pegs, weight is shifted in towards the body of the player for optimum comfort. Although specially formulated NS Electric Viola Strings from D'Addario™ are recommended, any standard solid or stranded core viola string will fit the NS Viola. We do not recommend nylon (Perlon) core or gut core strings.

    Specifications

    LENGTH: 585 mm (23")

    WIDTH: 116.8 mm (4.6")

    THICKNESS: 51 mm (2")

    WEIGHT: 775 grams

    SCALE LENGTH: 366 mm (14.4")

    STRING SPACING: Bridge 18 mm (0.7") Nut 38 mm (1.5")

    CONSTRUCTION: Straight grain quarter-sawn solid European maple body and neck, with a flame maple face.

    FINISH: Traditional amber stain with polymer top coat. Custom finish options are available for the CR Viola including Slate Gray, Quilted Maple, Poplar Burl and Zebrawood.  Click here to see examples of these Custom CR Series finishes.

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

    FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated ebony.

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

    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: 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).

    ACTIVE ELECTRONICS: Dual mode preamp allows the player to choose between two distinct tone qualities: (1) the extended frequency response of modern low impedance electronics, for full-blown "electric" sound, and (2) active electronic shaping to replicate the frequency response of the traditional viola, for a more "acoustic" sound. A three-way toggle switch allows the player to select the desired pickup and electronics options.

    CONTROLS:

    • Volume
    • Treble EQ
    • Bass EQ
    • 3-way Switch for Polar pickup:
      • forward - vertical string vibration (for sustained pizzicato)
      • center - lateral string vibration, full frequency for arco
      • back - lateral string vibration, "acoustic" timbre for arco

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

    PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS

    SHOULDER AND CHIN REST OPTIONS: The Custom Shoulder Rest is a standard with the CR 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 Violin, this standard hardshell case with handle and shoulder strap includes separate compartments for shoulder rest 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

    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,

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More