NS Design CR4 Fretless Electric 4-String Traditional Bass w/Maple Body, Neck and Ebony Fretboard, Exotic Top w/Gig Bag

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The new "traditional" version of the NS Double Bass is set up to satisfy the needs of the experienced upright bassist. Acoustic Helicore Hybrid™ strings by D'Addario, specially designed for NS basses, are standard on both 4 and 5 string CRT models. These deliver a classic upright tone, warm and percussive, with a great response to the bow. The bridge is raised to lift the strings above the fingerboard for action typical of the acoustic upright. Higher string tension and action make it possible to "dig in" like on an acoustic, with reserves of rich sound that can be eased back for a traditional tone, or brought forward for exciting new sounds.

Standard 106 cm acoustic upright scale length is employed to insure that fingering and string tension will be very close to conventional instruments. The neck shape is traditional, except that the small body allows unrestricted access to the upper register of the fingerboard. A small brass button on the back of the neck provides a tactile reference for the traditional "D neck" position. Dot markers provide a subtle but effective intonation reference.

Arco and Pizzicato Polar Pickups
The exclusive Polar™ pickup has 2 modes of operation, "arco" and "pizzicato", that may be blended together. When blended equally (balance control centered) the response is similar to an acoustic upright. The arco mode enhances sensitivity to the bow, and the plucked response is extraordinarily percussive. In the pizz. mode the percussive attack is reduced for a smooth sustained response. Bass and Treble EQ controls, in combination with the Polar pickup options, provide tremendous tonal range.


  • Authentic bowed and pizzicato upright sounds in a portable package
  • Meticulously crafted and built in the Czech Republic
  • 34" scale length and TransRadius fretboard shape give this bass an electric-like feel
  • Solid maple body and neck, ebony fretboard
  • Polar Pickup System with pizz/arco selector switch for authentic upright sound
  • Custom-designed low-impedance EMG pickups deliver classic electric sounds
  • Sculpt the sounds you need with powerful active electronics
  • Strap system makes the CR4 bass easy to hold and play
  • Optional tripod stand and end pin stand available
  • Deluxe gig bag included

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NS Design was founded in 1990 by famed instrument designer Ned Steinberger to develop electric string instruments. The primary focus is on bowed instruments - the violin, viola, cello and double bass. Ned explains, "Bowed electric instruments have been made since the mid-thirties. Unfortunately, most of these instruments are the victims of the misplaced idea that an electric instrument should soun...
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