Made with quality in mind in the Czech Republic, the NS-CR5 fretless bass guitar is the perfect example of the pinnacle of bass guitar creation. With key ingredients such as high level craftsmanship, vision and a design that is both functional and attractive. Bass and guitar makers the world over are constantly inspired by the opportunity to produce the next fine instrument that will change the way others make their instruments in the future. The creator of this bass has done just that, Ned Steinberger wasn’t happy with just producing the kind of bass that you can find just anywhere. In order to create something unique, he re-explored every facet of the bass guitar to correctly put his innovative ideas such as the Fusion neck, Diradial body design, NS tuning system and NS/EMG pickup system into practice. Representing the perfect blend of functionality, procedure and features, this Radius bass is a lot of fun to look at, but even more fun to play with its original styling that has created the most sonically dynamic, versatile and exciting bass available on the market today.
NS Design NS-CR5 Radius Fretless 5 String Bass Guitar Features
NS Fusion Neck: The RADIUS features a bolt-on one-piece maple neck with an embedded continuous carbon fiber core and adjustable truss rod. This combination has the natural feel of wood, but the core provides enhanced sustain and definition to each note. The fingerboard is ebony, with a 35 inch scale and familiar 15 inch radius. Heavy conventional tuning machines are replaced by an aluminum headplate with ball-end string mounting slots, custom produced for NS Design by Hipshot. (The tuning system is integrated into the body.)
NS Diradial Body: The RADIUS's maple body, with flamed maple top, has a convex 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.
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, just 8.3 lbs, make this instrument exceptionally comfortable to play.
NS Patented Tuning 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.
NS/EMG Integral Pickup System: NS Design and EMG have collaborated to create this integrated piezo and magnetic pickup system. It features an 18V 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 and Saddle: Custom crafted for NS Design by Hipshot, 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.