CR Electric Violin


The instrument purchase includes a hard case, owner’s manual and tool kit. The purchase does not include a violin bow.

NS Design’s CR Electric Violin 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.


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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″)


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.


  • 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.


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.



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.).

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